Gospel Hall of Fame Induction

The Statler Brothers are new members of the Gospel Music Association's Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The Statlers, from the Staunton area, were inducted in Nashville last night, along with Phil Keagg, Larnelle Harris, and the Winans. The Statler Brothers started in 1964, singing backup to Johnny Cash.

They decided to retire to their homes in the Shenandoah Valley and gave their farewell concert in the fall of 2002.

Jimmy Fortune says this is an honor that was both humbling and overwhelming.

He says, "To be standing on stage and when they hang that medal around your neck, you don't really feel worthy of it. But you thank God for the opportunity that He's given you. To be in gospel music especially, what an honor that is because that's where we started."

The Statlers released a new gospel album, Amen, in 2003. Last year, Mercury Records released Favorites, 12 songs handpicked by the band's remaining members.


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