Louise to receive SGMA James D. Vaughan Impact Award
When Louise Mandrell started in the entertainment business, she had gospel in mind.
“I went to my dad and said, ‘I want to sing Southern gospel music,’” she said on the phone from Nashville, where she lives. “He said, ‘Let me talk to people in Southern gospel and see what they can do to help.’”
They asked why she wanted to sing gospel. “Because I’m a Christian, and I love the Lord, and that’s the music I want to do,” she recalled saying.
They had another idea. “They said, ‘Your family has a name in country music,’” Mandrell said. “‘Why not put gospel music in your show, and take gospel to people who wouldn’t hear it otherwise?’”
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, Mandrell will be at Dollywood to accept the James D. Vaughan Impact Award from the Southern Gospel Music Association, whose hall of fame and museum are at the park. The 11 a.m. ceremony will take place on a stage outside the Chasing Rainbows museum and is open to park visitors.
Past recipients of the award include gospel stalwarts like Bill Gaither and James Blackwood, as well as country stars Dolly Parton, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Statler Brothers and Mandrell’s sister Barbara.
At 3 p.m., Louise will perform at the association’s hall of fame induction ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards. That event is ticketed and takes place in DP’s Celebrity Theater. For tickets, call the association at 865-908-4040.
“Gospel music touches the heart,” Mandrell said. “I love gospel music, in particular Southern gospel. I wish my daddy was still alive. He would be the only person who understands what this award means to me.”
Louise Mandrell To Receive the James D. Vaughan "Impact Award"
Pigeon Forge, TN - Southern Gospel Music Association (SGMA) Executive Director Charlie Waller announced the recipient of this year's James D. Vaughan "Impact Award" will be Louise Mandrell. When told of the news, Louise said, " To say that I am honored and humbled by this award would be an understatement. Sharing God's Love with audiences through Gospel music has always been very important to me. While the Louise Mandrell Theater was in Pigeon Forge, it was incredible to see five extremely talented men come together to form Triumphant, a group that has been together for eleven years now. I thank you and I thank our Lord for the blessings that he has allowed me to enjoy."
Louise will be appearing in person to accept this award. The award will be presented October 2nd at the annual SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/Singing New Fan Awards. The event will be held at D.P.’s Celebrity Theatre inside Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. For tickets and information call 865-908-4040.
Past recipients of the award include; Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Statler Brothers and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Tickets are $75 or $55 for Dollywood Season Passholders, which includes the admission to Dollywood, parking, lunch, reserved seating for the Awards Show, and full access to all rides and shows operating that day.
The DP Celebrity Theatre will host the annual celebration of inductees to the Hall of Fame at 3:00 p.m. honoring John T. Benson, Jr., Thomas Dorsey, “Little” Roy Lewis, Polly Lewis-Copsey, Duane Nicholson and Tim Riley.
Groups that will be performing during the Awards show are: Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, McKameys, Perrys, Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet and Whisnants.
There will also be concerts held in various venues throughout the park. Groups performing are: The Florida Boys, Karen Peck and New River, “Little” Roy and Lizzie, Punches Family, The Proclaimers, Dixie Melody Boys, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion and New Ground.
“I encourage each of you to be in attendance for this milestone event in gospel music,” Waller said. “Come visit us in the Great Smoky Mountains and be at Dollywood October 2nd.”
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the SGMA office (865) 908-4040 to attend the Awards Show.
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