2017 Inductees

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will hold it’s 2017 Induction Ceremony in Kannapolis, NC. Inductions are held annually to commemorate the musical legacy of North Carolina’s greatest music makers. In our efforts to honor, promote, commemorate, and preserve, North Carolina’s great music history, we present to you the 2017 Induction Ceremony.


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 About the 2017 Inductees:

Anthony Hamilton

Anthony Hamilton of Charlotte, NC is an R&B singer/songwriter known for his rich and soulful voice, which allows him to connect with his listeners. Hamilton says the involvement in the church choir, at a young age, is how he was able to develop the rhythm and resonance in his voice. This experience played a huge role in Mr. Hamilton’s music career leading him to win a Grammy and have 16 other Grammy nominations.


Bucky Covington Bucky Covington from Rockingham, NC gained popularity through Fox’s hit singing competition “American Idol.” Afterwards Covington went on to become the bestselling debut artist of 2007. Covington first took interest in music after seeing blues guitarist Jeff Healey in the movie “Road House.” That along with his love for Elvis among other Rock ‘n’ roll stars Bucky has made a name for himself through his unique style of Rock influenced Country music. 

 Etta Baker

Etta Baker, from Caldwell County, NC, was a legendary blues guitarist and singer, known for her unique chord playing technique and her hit single “Railroad Bill”. Despite having only started playing professionally at the age of 60, Ms. Baker won a plethora of awards throughout her musical career.

 Jim Lauderdale - NC Music Hall of Fame

Jim Lauderdale, from Troutman, NC, found success as a songwriter and musician with a collaborative nature that gave him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists within several different genres. Although Lauderdale grew up loving country music this did not stop him from exploring other styles of music, which lead to him building an eclectic playlist that has led to his 29th album release just this past month.

Richard Lewis Spencer

Richard Lewis Spencer was born and raised in Wadesboro NC, but later moved to Washington D.C. where he began his musical career with two other artists in Otis Redding’s band, that later, with the addition of two other members, became the very successful R&B/soul group “The Winston’s.” In 1969, Mr. Spencer wrote and sang the Grammy award winning song, “Color Him Father,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart. He is also the owner of the famous Amen break featuring a drum solo by G.C. Coleman. There are some who claim that this piece of music helped to launch hip-hop and the electronic subcultures.


Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers from Brevard, NC, at their core, are a bluegrass group, but they have had no problems effortlessly walking the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. This mixture of upscale instrumentation and country charisma has garnered them 9 studio albums and a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album since they formed in college at UNC Chapel Hill.


 The Sensational Nightingales - NC Music Hall of Fame

The Sensational Nightingales, from Durham, NC, are a traditional gospel quartet that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950’s. They performed in Europe for the first time in 1983. The Sensational Nightingales are one of the most beautiful and meaningful treasures of quartet singing and are acclaimed everywhere for their authenticity along with their beautiful voices and rich harmonies. 


Our annual induction ceremonies are a commemorative occasion in which those in the music industry who have made an impact on American Music, are introduced as new members of our Hall of Fame. Inductees that enter the NCMHOF have reached national recognition in their field of at least 10 years and they have roots in North Carolina. The ceremony reflects an awards show format which includes inductees accepting their induction, an insightful history of their careers, and performances by some of the inductees. Living inductees may be in attendance to accept their induction, whereas deceased inductees will have someone accepting on their behalf.

You MUST show your ticket at the door! All tickets will be scanned at the door. You may bring your printed ticket OR show your digital ticket on your smartphone.

No. Our annual induction event welcomes all ages. This is a very educational, entertaining and historical event that no one will want to miss!

Guests attending the VIP Reception should park at the Kannapolis City Hall’s designated parking areas. There are parking areas in downtown Kannapolis, on Main Street, and a parking garage on Laureate Way.

Dress code is Black Tie Optional.

Yes! We can offer a discounted ticket rate to students, churches, or civic groups….just give us a call to inquire.

Cameras are allowed at the reception and ceremony. Please, no smoking at the venues. Concessions will be available at the Gem Theatre. NO outside food or beverages are allowed in the NCMHOF Museum.

The VIP Reception area and the NCMHOF Museum are handicap accessible. However, handicap guests will not have access to an elevator at the Gem Theatre. The Gem Theatre balcony seating is only accessed from stairs. Handicap seating is available on the floor level at the Gem, please call 704-934-2320 for more information.

Sorry, all tickets are nonrefundable. There will be no exceptions for refunds. There are no rain dates for this event nor any substitutes for tickets.