The Watkins Family are inducted into Atlanta Country Music
Hall of Fame
The acoustic music of the Watkins Family has thrilled
audiences for more than 30 years and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame
recently recognized that accomplishment.
The group from Toccoa, Ga. currently includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her
two adult children – Todd and Lorie. They continue a path sharing their love of
Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada.
“This is such an
honor for our family to receive,” Lorie said. “To be recognized in such a
manner for the many years of hard work and service in music is very humbling.”
The late Don Watkins and Judy began their ministry in the
1970s and added their children Todd, Lorie and Shanon as each took an interest
“There are so many to thank, our family, friends, church
family, and most importantly the Lord Jesus Christ – our Savior,” Lorie said.
“This ministry was the vision of our dad, Donald H. Watkins, and mom many
years ago. We are just so thankful to be able to continue the work that our
parents started and hope to continue for many, many years to come.”
Lorie and Todd performed at the event as part of the All-Star
Band and Judy joined in to perform “Pass Me Not.”
The Watkins Family’s latest project is “Heaven’s Worth Waiting For”yielded three songs
landing on various charts in the Top 10 for southern, bluegrass or country
gospel – “She’s Working On Her Testimony,””Sometime’s
You Gotta Rock The Boat,”and “What A Wonderful Name.”
The CD produced by Grammy winner Mark Fain, Grammy nominated
Karen Peck Gooch, and Danny Jones followed their acclaimed project “Darkness
Wept” which brought the popular radio singles “He’s Still God,” a number 1
song, “Love Stood Alone” and “Round The Last Turn.”
The Watkins Family and its members have received multiple
nominations for the Front Porch Fellowship Bluegrass Gospel Music Awards.
Members of the Watkins Family have appeared as part of the
National Quartet Convention All-Star Band on numerous occasions.
The group has shared concert stages performing for thousands
beside acts such a Randy Travis and Diamond Rio. They have appeared at major
industry events including the National Quartet Convention in Kentucky and the
SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Convention in Nashville, Tenn. as well as large
The family has performed on television broadcasts for INSP,
Inspirational Network and dozens of stations around the U.S. And Canada.
The group broke new ground in becoming the first bluegrass
gospel act to perform on Capitol Hill in the Capitol Complex in Washington D.C.
attended by dignitaries from around the world.
The Watkins Family has received nominations as Best
Contemporary and Traditional Bluegrass Gospel Group by the Society for the
Preservation of BlueGrass Music in America and was also nominated as Best
Bluegrass Act at the Coca-Cola Music Awards previously hosted in Atlanta.
“We just thank the Lord for all He’s done for us
and our work in music,” Judy said. “Awards, honors and amazing
opportunities are blessings but there is no greater blessing than working each
day sharing His story of salvation.
“Don would be so proud right now,” she said. “I know
he’s somewhere in Heaven smiling.”
For more information, visit www.watkinsfamilymusic.com.