RICKY SKAGGS TO BE INDUCTED INTO GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME

RICKY SKAGGS TO BE INDUCTED INTO GMA
GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME ON AUGUST 14
Nashville, Tenn. (August 8, 2012) – Though Ricky Skaggs
may be more widely known for his Country and Bluegrass music, there is
another format that remains very near and dear to his heart — Gospel.
 In fact, it was Gospel hymns that ignited Skaggs’ love affair with
music.  To date, almost every album Skaggs has released has included at
least one Gospel, Christian, or inspirational Country song.  On August 14, Skaggs’ adoration for the genre comes full circle when he is inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
“For
someone who has spent my entire career playing music in the
marketplace, not in the church, this is quite an honor,” says Skaggs.
 “I’ve always loved the Gospel and I sing about it in many different
ways. I’ve never seen myself as a Christian artist, just an artist who
is a Christian. I’m very grateful for this award.”   
At
the tender age of three, Skaggs began by harmonizing with his mother as
she sang Gospel songs.  His illustrious path to stardom has always
included Gospel music, as he loves to sing praise to the Lord.
The
GMA Foundation (GMAF) will induct Skaggs into the GMA Gospel Music Hall
of Fame on Tuesday, August 14 at the Trinity Music City
Auditorium in Hendersonville, TN.  Skaggs joins fellow 2012 inductees
Aretha Franklin, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard.
About Ricky Skaggs
With
12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMY® Awards, eight CMA Awards (including
Entertainer of the Year), eight ACM Awards, two Dove Awards and nine ICM
(Inspirational Country Music) Awards, Ricky Skaggs remains a true
pioneer to the Country Music and Gospel / Christian music genres.  Since
he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more
than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows.  Skaggs and
his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot,
performing more than 80 live dates each year. Skaggs is set to release
his latest studio album, Music To My Ears, in September of this year.
For additional information on Ricky Skaggs, visit www.RickySkaggs.com.

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