2016 Alpharetta Songwriters Festival Feautures John Oates

The Wire & Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival (October 7 & 8, 2016) is a nationally recognized singer-songwriters in historic downtown Alpharetta where many songwriters will gather and perform their original songs. Music lovers are given a chance to look behind-the-scenes at the artists and stories that inspired so many blues, country, rock, Americana, and bluegrass songs. Visitors can enjoy the work of nationally recognized veteran artists as well as local up-and-coming music talent as their songs fill downtown Alpharetta’s streets. This year’s lineup includes many great names, but one in particular: John Oates. Let’s learn a little more about this influential musician: It was John Oates’ destiny to become a musician. He played the guitar from the age of five, and he started to sing from the day he could talk. His calling in life never was in...

The Macon Recording Connection Campus

It doesn’t matter whether your passion lies in hip-hop, rock ‘n’ roll, pop, country, trance, EMP, EDM, IDM, or any other music style, the Macon Recording Connection Campus will get you to the next level. This all occurs in a real professional recording studio where you can develop your skills and learn all about the gear that will allow you to succeed in the world of music industry, and you can learn also all about the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Hands-on training, that’s what this is all about. Just imagine, a real professional recording studio, filled with all sorts of gear you’ve always been dreaming about. You will be assigned your own individual mentor who will teach you the finesses of the applications right there. This sort of environment can’t be found online or at any classroom setting. You best can learn how to use all sorts of gear by using it....

In Memory of Bill Lowery (1924-2004) and Ray Charles (1930-2004)

Georgia music said farewell to two of its greatest legends with the passing of Bill Lowery and Ray Charles. Lowery and Charles were the first two inductees of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1979 and died days apart from each other. Lowery passed away on June 8 and Charles followed on June 10. Although their passing sent the music world mourning, their amazing careers and accomplishments are celebrated (and heard) around the world through their musical legacies. William “Bill” James Lowery, Jr. was born Oct. 21, 1924 in Leesville, La. The radio industry brought Lowery to Atlanta from Louisiana in 1946, where he started station WQXI-FM and coined the phrases like “Quixie in Dixie” and “Eyewitness News.” It was in 1952 that Lowery started Atlanta’s first music publishing company and soon became a major force in music industry circles. Launching the careers of fifties, sixties and...

THE STORY of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

The state of Georgia has produced a musical dynasty whose contributions shaped and defined American music, including the “Father of Gospel Music” Dr. Thomas Andrew Dorsey; the “Mother of the Blues” Gertrude “Ma” Rainey; the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown; the “Architect of Rock-n-Roll” Little Richard; the “Father of Commercial Country Music” Fiddlin’ John Carson; the “First Lady of Contemporary Christian Music” Amy Grant and the “First Family of Bluegrass Gospel” The Lewis Family. Over 30 years ago, one of Georgia’s most loyal music fans took the first steps to preserve and honor the state’s rich musical heritage. In 1979, then Lt. Gov. Zell Miller appointed the Senate Music Industry Committee to begin work on a Hall of Fame. Two years later, a private organization,...


The Hall of Fame has files on over 1,100 artists who are Georgia natives or who have lived in Georgia for a significant period. Each year, a select few are chosen for induction into the Hall of Fame. The inductees represent the diversity of Georgia music, including jazz and swing, country and folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, classical, urban, gospel and contemporary Christian. Non-performers such as producers and music executives have also been inducted. (more…)

Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The Museum is closed. Here is the story.

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, the state’s official music museum, was located in Macon, the city where artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band launched their careers. The 43,000 square foot facility featured permanent and changing exhibits that include music, video, memorabilia, instruments, performance costumes and more. Over 450 artists are represented in the exhibits. The Music Factory Children’s Wing encouraged children to explore the world of music through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities. The Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies housed the museum’s library and archives. Educational programs included guided and specialty tours, workshops and lectures. The museum hosted frequent special events, concerts and exhibit openings. The Music Store offered a wide selection of Georgia music CDs, videos,...

Georgia Music Trial

The state of Georgia has a rich musical heritage that that has produced pioneers and superstars in almost every genre, including Ray Charles, Johnny Mercer, James Brown, Alan Jackson, Otis Redding, Little Richard, Gladys Knight, TLC, The Allman Brothers Band, Blind Willie McTell, R.E.M., the B-52’s, Brenda Lee, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Usher and many more. Four cities in particular have played significant roles in the history of these artists, providing inspiration, opportunity and nurturing music communities: Atlanta, Athens, Macon and Savannah. The Georgia Music Trail highlights music-themed destinations, including attractions, venues, festivals, historical sites, restaurants and retail shops in each of these cities. Be a producer and use your talent to create a customized musical tour of sites featured on the Georgia Music Trail. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the...

Education and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame

ga-music-hall-of-fame-photoThe mission of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was to operate and maintain a music museum for the general public, Georgia music lovers, music scholars, and musical artists that celebrates our state’s musical genius by: preserving Georgia’s musical heritage; providing innovative museum exhibits and educational programs; becoming a public-private partnership for cultural preservation; and promoting a heritage tourism destination with growing economic benefits

College Internships / High School Service Projects

The Hall of Fame was always on the lookout for motivated students who were interested in music, museums, education, history.