North Carolina Music Hall of Fame announces 2018 inductees

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 31, 2018

North Carolina Music Hall of Fame
KANNAPOLIS — The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will celebrate its 10th annual induction with seven musicians added into its Hall of Fame this fall.
The ceremony will be Oct. 18 in Kannapolis.
Those to be inducted are:
• John Tesh.  The pianist, composer, singer and national broadcaster studied at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Tesh’s album “Power of Love” was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 as Best Pop Instrumental Album. Tesh has six music Emmys, two Grammy nominations and three gold records. He has sold 8 million records.
• Chris Daughtry. The 2006 “American Idol” contestant is from Roanoke Rapids. His chart-topping song “It’s Not Over,” performed by his rock band Daughtry, was nominated for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals at the 50th annual Grammy Awards.
• Dolphus Ramseur. He is the founder of Ramseur Records, an independent record label based in North Carolina. Ramseur is responsible for successful artists such as the Avett Brothers and Steep Canyon Rangers. Dolphus was born and raised in Concord.
• Luther Barnes. A Stellar Award-winning and Grammy-nominated gospel singer, songwriter and producer, Barnes was born in Rocky Mount, where he is currently pastor of Restoration Worship Center.
• Calvin Richardson. The R&B and soul singer-songwriter and producer is from Monroe. Richardson has received multiple Grammy nominations.
• The Hoppers. The Gospel Music Association Gospel Music Hall of Fame members are from Madison. The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for more than 60 years, with appearances ranging from presidential inaugural ceremonies to singing conventions and church platforms. They have won more than 50 awards and have eight No. 1 songs, along with multiple Top 5 songs.
• Blind Boy Fuller. The Piedmont Blues guitarist was famed for his fingerpicking style from the 1930s. Fuller was born in Wadesboro.
The induction is open to the public, and tickets are expected to go on sale in late spring. The red-carpet ceremony will commemorate each inductee and showcase the contributions they have made to American music.

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