The Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) and the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame Museum announce the names of the 2016 inductees. Arthur Rice, President of the SGMA made the announcement during an SGMA benefit concert in Atlanta. Joining the Hall of Fame are Carroll McGruder, Lari Goss, Peg McKamey Bean, and Ronny Hinson.
Award-winning singer/songwriter Carroll McGruder (1946-2015) is one of this year’s honorees. The posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame honors McGruder for his years of contributions to the sharing of the Gospel through Southern Gospel music. "Whenever Daddy (Rex Nelon) told us he had a new Carroll McGruder song," Kelly Nelon Clark recalls, "We knew right away that we would be singing it for years to come."
Grammy award-winning arranger/producer Lari Goss (1945-2015) is also being honored with a posthumous induction into the SGMA Hall of Fame. He produced and arranged music for a long list of acclaimed projects in Christian music, as well as secular productions. "Working with Lari Goss was a great honor. Any project he touched was anointed," says Mark Trammell. Goss was most noted for his orchestral arranging, as well as keyboard excellence.
The McKameys' Peg McKamey Bean, known for her spirited style on stage, is another member of the Class of 2016 in the SGMA Hall of Fame. The McKameys were originally formed as a trio of sisters in 1954, and the group continues to produce chart-topping songs. "If you have been around Southern Gospel music for very long, you know when Peg takes the stage with her white hanky, God is going to be honored," says Arthur Rice.
Ronny Hinson rounds out the SGMA Hall of Fame 2016 class of inductees. Hinson is best known for singing with the Hinsons and writing many gospel music standards including "The Lighthouse." Hinson’s career began more than 45 years ago and has never slowed down. As a soloist, his voice is a mellow baritone that touches the listener. "Whether preaching, singing or writing, Hinson’s contributions to Southern Gospel Music have earned him a place in the Hall of Fame," remarks SGMA Executive Board Officer Gary Casto.