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Published Monday, July 10, 2017 8:00 am

Kannapolis, N.C. - The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame has announced this year’s seven inductees.  The induction ceremony is held annually as the Hall of Fame’s premier event to commemorate the musical legacy of the state’s greatest music makers. The inductees are as follows:

Anthony Hamilton, Charlotte, NC - Grammy Award winning R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Bucky Covington, Rockingham, NC – Country music singer who placed eighth on the 5th season of the Fox Network’s “American Idol” competition.

Etta Baker, Morganton, NC - (Deceased) Legendary Piedmont blues guitarist and singer. She received the North Carolina Folk Heritage Award, a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Brown-Hudson Folklore Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society.

Jim Lauderdale, Troutman, NC - A multi-Grammy Award winning country, bluegrass, and Americana singer/songwriter.

Richard Spencer Lewis, Wadesboro, NC - Renown sax player, best known for his work with Curtis Mayfield, The Impressions, and the Winston’s.

The Sensational Nightingales, Durham, NC - A traditional gospel quartet that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950’s. The Nightingales, with several changes of membership, continue to tour and record today.

The Steep Canyon Rangers, Brevard, NC - Grammy Award winning bluegrass band that often appears with comedian and accomplished banjo player Steve Martin.

The Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center (KPAC). The red carpet event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. VIP and General Admission tickets may be purchased at the NC Music Hall of Fame Museum or online at

Media Contacts:

Bill Kopald, Chairman

(336) 229-2520 (Office)

(336) 337-2521 (Mobile)




Veronica Cordle, Executive Director

(704) 934-2320 (Office)


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