Show and Concert Scheduled for Sunday, October 14
On-Stage at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
and Live GPB Broadcast

Gary RossingtonATLANTA,
Ga. (July 31, 2012) – Lynyrd Skynyrd founding member Gary Rossington
will join a distinguished roster of Georgia performing artists and music
industry leaders in accepting awards on-stage at the 34th Annual
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Concert and Show, scheduled for
Sunday, October 14 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Rossington
will be honored in the Songwriter Category having written well over 120
songs throughout his career including classic iconic songs like “Sweet
Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “What’s Your Name.” Lynyrd Skynyrd
release their new album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed, on August 21, 2012.

Atlanta’s celebrated television icon Monica Pearson will be Mistress of
Ceremonies of the event.  A Special Performance by American Idol stars
and recording artists Snellville, GA-raised Diana DeGarmo and her
fiancée Ace Young, who met while appearing in the Broadway revival of
“Hair,” will be another highlight of the evening.  Many of the inductees
will also perform during the Concert.

At the Concert and Show, to be televised live by GPB (Georgia Public
Broadcasting), artists representing extraordinary talent in classical,
contemporary, country and Southern Rock music will be saluted and will
perform on-stage during the evening.  According to Dr. Bobbie Bailey,
President of Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc., “Since the first
presentation in 1979, at which the legendary Ray Charles was an
inductee, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Show and Concert has
emerged as the premier forum for recognizing the scope of the performing
virtuosity of Georgia-born-or-based music professionals.”  Dr. Bailey
thanked Jack Sawyer of Wilmington Trust, Joel Katz of Greenberg-Traurig,
Delta Air Lines and Michael Taormina of the Cobb Energy Performing Arts
Centre for “their generous and loyal sponsorship support.”

The 2012 inductees include, in addition to Robert Spano, recipient of
the Chairman’s Award, musical and artist living legends as well as three
giants of the Georgia entertainment arena being recognized

·      Performer Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush:  From
the Platinum-selling #1 hit “Stay,” 22 million worldwide sales of
albums and singles and five Country Music “Vocal Duo of the Year” Awards
to Grammy and Academy of Country Music accolades, the duet partners
combine vocal, songwriting, production and multi-instrumentalist

·      Group – 38 Special:  Bringing
a strong Southern Rock influence to American music, 38 Special’s
breakthrough hit “Hold On Loosely” has been followed by #1 Billboard
albums and hits including “Back Where You Belong” and “Second Chance.”

·      Non-Performer – Alex Hodges:   A native
Georgian, Alex Hodges is CEO of Nederlander Concerts and started his
career as an agent at Walden Artists where he introduced Georgia’s Otis
Redding and other R&B legends to the world.  As principal at Paragon
Agency and later Empire Agency, he guided the illustrious careers of
stars including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gregg Allman and groups such as
Lynyrd Skynyrd. The Police, The Allmann Brothers Band, Atlanta Rhythm
Section, The Outlaws, Sea Level, The Marshall Tucker Band and The
Charlie Daniels Band, among others.

·      Songwriter – Gary Rossington:  A
founding member of the legendary band Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gary Rossington
has contributed to the group’s 30 million+ worldwide album sales, three
2x Platinum records and a position among the 100 Greatest Artists of All
Time by Rolling Stone magazine.  He has created songs that
cement him as a cultural icon, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple
Man” and “What’s Your Name” among many others.

·      Horizon Award – Riley Biederer:  Riley Biederer
is a singer/songwriter from Atlanta, USA, with a voice bigger than her
ex-gymnast’s frame and a resume beyond her fifteen years.  Since winning
Georgia state titles in the vault and the floor exercise, she has been
focusing exclusively on her music.  In addition to writing prodigiously
on her own, she has collaborated with a host of well-known songwriters
in the pop, rock and country genres, and recorded with producer/engineer
Matt Still.  (Elton John, Outkast).  She is currently writing and
recording songs for her debut album.

·      Posthumous:  Blues guitarist Jonny Jenkins, Fox Theatre’s
organist and WSB personality Bob Van Camp and Atlanta’s beloved DJ
Skinny Bobby Harper.

The honorees and luminaries of Atlanta’s entertainment, cultural and
philanthropic scenes will walk the Red Carpet, beginning at 4:00 p.m. on
Sunday, October 14.  For early arrivals, a cash bar will open at 4:00
p.m.  The Awards Concert and Show will begin at 5:00 p.m. Tickets
starting at $60 per person and $20 per student are available for sale
from August 4th onwards through or  or call 1-800-745-3000.

About Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc.
Friends of Georgia Music Festival, Inc. has been keeping the arts alive
in Georgia communities by recognizing and promoting artists and the
music industry for the past 34 years. Friends of Georgia Music Festival,
Inc. is a non-profit organization that honors the many achievements of
Georgia musicians, songwriters, composers, conductors, publishers and
agents. Each year, Friends of Georgia Music nominates, elects and
inducts honorees into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, celebrating
individuals who have made a significant contribution to Georgia’s
musical traditions.

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