WKU music graduate and gospel music sensation Larnelle Harris will be inducted into the prestigious Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on Thursday (April 7) at the Lexington Center Bluegrass Room.
The event will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. (EDT) followed by the induction ceremony at 8:15 p.m.
Harris, a 1969 WKU graduate in music education and a member of WKU’s Hall of Distinguished Alumni, has wowed audiences all over the world for more than three decades with his magical tenor voice. His name is synonymous with inspirational music and his achievements are noteworthy including five Grammy Awards, 11 Dove Awards, a Stellar Award and membership in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
In 1989, Harris’ recording of Mighty Spirit was featured in a nationwide TV campaign for the Points of Light Foundation, culminating in a performance of the song for President and Mrs. Bush at the White House in 1991. As part of the history making Moscow Project in the former Soviet Union, sponsored by the International Bible Society and Youth for Christ International, Harris performed the first gospel concert ever held inside the Kremlin only one week after the 1991 attempted coup. His recordings of Everything You Are, The Father Hath Provided, From A Servant’s Heart, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, Touch Me Lord and Amen are modern classics.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world.
This year’s other inductees include Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Warner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, and Molly O’Day.
Among the past inductees are Rosemary Clooney, the Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Lionel Hampton, Ricky Skaggs, Mary Travers, Sam Bush, and Naomi and Wynonna Judd.
For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum, call 1-877-356-3263 or visit www.KYMusicHallofFame.com
Contact: Sally Ray, (270) 745-2283.