Dr. Bobby Jones to Emcee International Gospel Music Hall of Fame Induction Event

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Gospel greats will grace the stage Saturday, October 23 at the 2004 International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum's induction and awards celebration at the Downtown Detroit Marriott in the Renaissance Center. Tickets for the 8th annual benefit gala are $75 in advance and $100 at the door. Proceeds benefit gospel music preservation, education and outreach activities of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Contemporary gospel performer and TV producer Dr. Bobby Jones, a 1998 inductee, will serve as master of ceremonies. Performers will include Gospo Centric recording artist J. Moss (son of Bill Moss),Sony/BMG Recording artist and the winner of the "Oprah Winfrey Pop Star Challenge" LaShell Griffin,One Luv,2003 Star Search Champion, Comedian Horace "HB" Sanders and others. Among this year?s presenters are Christian Television Network President Karin Plummer, Baltimore radio personality Tracy Morgan (Heaven 1580), Bobby Rogers (of The Miracles), and Reverend Mother (Norma Jean Pender, WEXL 1340). Mom Winans, mother of CeCe Winans, is also expected to make an appearance.

For the first time, this year?s nominations have an international flavor. Nominations were received from gospel music fans in the United States, South Africa, Japan, Europe, Jamaica, Tobago, London and numerous other locations. Voted into the Hall of Fame this year are Caribbean artist Joseph Niles, Donnie McClurkin,Winans, Rev. Milton Biggham, the late Anna Crockett Ford, Dr. Albert J. Lewis, Jr., Bill Moss & The Celestials, and The O'Neal Twins.

Tickets for the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum?s Induction and Awards Celebration Dinner are on sale now, and may be ordered by calling 313-592-0017.

Portions of the evening?s festivities will be presented via live Webcast. Information on subscribing to the Webcast will be available at http://www.igmhf.org beginning October 18.

About the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization by DoRohn Entertainment's president and gospel artist David Gough, the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum preserves and celebrates the work of the world?s legendary and influential gospel music artists and entertainers.

Nominees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum must have been involved in gospel music activities for at least 25 years. Individuals, groups, choirs, quartets, broadcast personalities and promoters are represented among past years? inductees. Among nearly 100 previous inductees are Della Reese, Rev. James Cleveland, The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and Shirley Caesar.

The museum, open for tours by appointment, is housed in the studios of DoRohn Entertainment. Its collections include recordings, documents, photographs and memorabilia. Archivists and music experts are also available to assist students and researchers.

International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum

18301 West McNichols

Detroit, Michigan 48219

Phone: 313-592-0017

Fax: 313-592-8762



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