• Musicbank History - Let's take a closer look at how Musicbank came to its end. Is history repeating itself? As the major record labels began to dole out licenses for online music distribution services, one of the first services to receive licenses from those labels shut its doors quite a few years ago already. Those were the pioneering days of online music distribution.  Musicbank, hailed by the recording industry as an example of its adoption of digital music distribution, shut its doors in the early 2000's and sent its entire staff packing. The company was home to a never-launched music locker service at Continue Reading
  • 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 Continue Reading
  • The 37th GMHF Annual Awards Show - Georgia Music Hall of Fame's 37th Annual Awards Show was held in the Georgia Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center in in Downtown Atlanta on September 26, 2015. The 2015 select group celebrated their induction at an impressive ceremony that celebrated all those years of impressive contributions the the world of music. Posthumously honored inductees included Tim Wilson, Philip Walden Jr., and Sonny Limbaugh. The event was, as usual, organized by Friends of Georgia Music Festival Inc. and Dr. Bobbie Bailey, president of the organization, expressed his gratitude and excitement to be able to continue to recognize Georgia’s excellent contributions to music Continue Reading
  • 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, Continue Reading
  • Bob Richardson, Atlanta Studio Pioneer - Legendary Atlanta studio pioneer, Bob Richardson, died in Stuart, Florida on April 15, 2003. Prior to his retirement in 1992, Richardson's career had embraced the whole of modern recording history. As an aspiring engineer in the 1950's, he taped regional bands in his North Carolina basement. In 1966, he recorded The Swingin' Medallions' fraternity anthem, "Double Shot (of My Baby's Love)". Beginning in 1972, Richardson's Atlanta studio, Mastersound, became one of the first American studios to have full console automation, multiple 24-track synchronization, and Quadraphonic mixing capability, making it a haven for such R&B titans as Isaac Hayes. Born in Continue Reading
  • 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. There is also a quite interest from the high school students who are interested in this kind of career, says Chris from the MyCareerTools. Visitors can enjoy the work of nationally recognized veteran artists as well as local up-and-coming music talent as their songs fill Continue Reading
  • Education and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame - The 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. The Zell Miller Center for Georgia Music Studies (ZMCGMS) Continue Reading
  • 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 Continue Reading
  • 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 Continue Reading
  • The Most Famous Inductees of The Georgia Hall of Fame - 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. The 2006 inductees were: Performer: Gregg Allman Gregg Allman is best known as the lead singer and organist for the Allman Brothers Band, the legendary Continue Reading