For Immediate Release

Kannapolis, N.C. – The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s seven inductees. Inductions are held annually as the Hall of Fame’s peak event of the year to commemorate the musical legacy of North Carolina’s greatest music makers. The inductees are as follows:

Anthony Hamilton, Charlotte, NC – Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Bucky Covington, Rockingham, NC – Country music singer who placed eighth on the 5th season of the Fox Network’s American Idol series.

Etta Baker, Morganton, NC – (Deceased) Legendary piedmont blues guitarist and singer. Etta received the NC Folk Heritage Award, National Heritage Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, and the NC Award.

 Jim Lauderdale, Troutman, NC –  A multi-Grammy Award winning country, bluegrass, and Americana singer/songwriter.

 Richard Lewis Spencer, Wadesboro, NC – Known for his Grammy award winning song “Color Him Father”, and his work with Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and the Winston’s.

 The Sensational Nightingales, Durham, NC – A traditional black gospel quartet that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950’s. The Nightingales, with several changes of membership, continue to tour and record today.

 The Steep Canyon Rangers, Brevard, NC – Grammy Award winning bluegrass band that often appears with comedian and accomplished banjo player Steve Martin.

The Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, NC. The red carpet event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. VIP and General Reserved tickets may be purchased at the NC Music Hall of Fame Museum or online at: