Contributor Two Contributor Two
Mark Lowry and Candy Christmas Recognized by Gospel Music Association
Contributor Two Contributor Two
The GMA (Gospel Music Association) has announced that the date of the second annual GMA Honors is set for Tuesday, May 5th at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville. The Gaither Vocal Band was among those inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame last year, and Homecoming Friends Mark Lowry and Candy Christmas are among those to be honored in 2015.

The GMA Honors event celebrates gospel music trailblazers being inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame and gives honor to individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture globally both past and present.

2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:

BeBe & CeCe Winans have been recording music together for more than 25 years. The brother/sister duo, part of the gospel singing Winans family and one of the most successful gospel artists of all time, have had 12 charting R & B singles, and numerous No. 1 singles on Christian, AC and CHR radio. Their accolades include numerous gold and platinum releases, plus a plethora of Dove, Grammy, Stellar, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards.

Mark Lowry is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter whose is a loved and trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He spent 20-plus years as the baritone singer with the Grammy and Dove award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and served as the comedic sidekick on the tour. He also tours as a solo act with many DVD projects to his credit and has had over 400 artists record his lyric to “Mary Did You Know?”

Roland Lundy is a former president and CEO of Word Entertainment, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies. He was responsible for the Thomas Nelson and Word consolidation that grew Word revenues to over $100 million in 1993. He later managed the sale of Word to Gaylord Entertainment. His leadership navigated the entertainment company’s very diverse roster and attracted top artistic and creative talent. He currently serves on the board of the Gospel Music Trust Fund and is Chairman of the Board for the Nashville chapterof the American Red Cross.

Twila Paris is a pioneer of today’s praise and worship music movement that has led to the informal style of worship. She has released 22 albums, amassed 33 number one singles and has been named the GMA Dove Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year” three times as well as several awards in the song and album of the year categories. The accomplished singer/songwriter is not only known for creating timeless worship songs but has also written books and recorded children’s music.    
 
2015 HONOREES:

Candy Christmas
is an awarding-winning singer/songwriter with five recordings as a solo artist, and six GMA Dove awards to her credit. As founder and President of The Bridge, Inc., she has been able to feed and clothe the homeless of Nashville, as well as aid Middle Tennessee’s children through the backpack school program. Her weekly hot meal outreach takes place every Tuesday under the Jefferson Street Bridge, come rain or shine.  Candy and her team of volunteers meet the physical and spiritual needs of over 350 people each week by sharing the gospel along with each hot meal as well as bags of groceries, toiletries and new clothes to anyone in need.   

Passion, founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio, began as a Bible study at Baylor University and has grown into an international ministry called the Passion Movement. The Passion Conferences have reached hundreds of thousands of college-aged young people in stadiums and arenas across the U.S. and around the globe. Their vision led Louie and Shelley Giglio to launch Passion City Church in Atlanta Georgia, and sixstepsrcords, home to artists Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Passion and many others.

Porter’s Call, founded by author/speaker Al Andrews, is an integral part of the music world in Nashville. The mission of Porter’s Call is to be a service of counsel, support and encouragement to recording artists and their families and to provide a safe and confidential refuge for artists to deal with the issues they face, at no charge. Since the beginning in 2001 more than 1000 different artists, from all genres, have walked through the doors of Porter's Call.

Bishop Paul S. Morton is the Founding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, as well as the Senior Pastor of Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church with two locations in Atlanta, Georgia, and Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to being a pastor and educator he has authored four books and is a celebrated recording artist with over 11 albums to his credit which have garnered six Stellar Awards. Bishop Morton’s commitment to the community is evident by many church outreach programs such as the affordable housing projects he began in 1997. He is the president of the Paul S. Morton Sr. Scholarship Foundation and president of the Paul S. Morton Bible College and School of Ministry.