37th Annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

Kevn Kinney was excited about the Drivin' N Cryin' induction.

An illustrious line-up of celebrated music VIPs and luminaries were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in the Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center.  

The awards were televised live across the state of Georgia by GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting) and showcased Georgia’s broad spectrum of talent.  The evening began with a VIP Red Carpet and Governor’s Reception, a seated Gala Dinner, followed by the main event filled with tributes, salutes, exclusive performances and presentation of the highly anticipated GEORGY Award.  

The 2015 Inductees are listed below: 

Gregg Allman/Songwriter Award Multi-Award Winning American rock and blues singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, a longtime Georgia resident. 

John & Jane Barbe/Pioneer Award  Jane (1928-2003) vocalist and voice talent aka “Time Lady” and husband composer John, both big band musicians and jingle producers from Atlanta, Georgia. 

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’/Group Award American Hard Rock/Southern Rock band from Atlanta, GA celebrating their 30th Anniversary this year! 

John Huie/Non Performer Award GRAMMY Award Winning Executive Producer celebrated Talent Booking Agent with Creative Artists Agency, born in Macon, GA.

Sam Moore/Performer Award Multi-Award Winning American Soul and R&B singer/songwriter and the unmistakable lead vocalist of the famed 60’s soul duo Sam & Dave. Sam Moore, The Legendary Soul Man, is celebrating his 80th birthday on October 12th and was born in Macon County, GA.

Monica Pearson/Chairman’s Award Multi-Award Winning, celebrated Television & Radio Personality, Vocalist, Advocate & Spokesperson a.k.a. Georgia Media Royalty.  

Philip Walden Jr. /Posthumous Award www.legacy.com/obituaries/atlanta/obituary.aspx?pid=151721987. Attorney & Music Executive; Capricorn Records, Turner Broadcasting, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. (Macon/Atlanta)

Sonny Limbaugh/Posthumous Award www.discogs.com/artist/636622-Sonny-Limbo?filter_anv=0&type=Credits. Atlanta Music Legend, Record Producer and Songwriter.

Emcees Robin Meade and Jeff Dauler wowed the audience.

Atlanta's Benji Shanks on guitar with Sam Moore.

Sam Moore and his buddy Emmanuel Lewis.

Sam Moore and his beautiful wife Joyce McRae.

David Barbe presented the GEORGY to his father John Barbe.

Philip Walden, Jr.'s family received his award.

Sophia and Ari Wilson received the GEORGY for their father Tim Wilson.

Sonny Limbaugh's family with his GEORGY.

Miss America Betty Cantrell.

Senator Jeff Mullis with Monica Pearson.

Ed Rowland and choir sang "Shine" as a tribute to the late Dr. Bobbie Bailey.

Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.

Alex Hodges presented the GEORGY to John Huie.

John Huie, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Alex Hodges.

Peter Conlon accepted Gregg Allman's GEORGY.

A performance by Drivin' N Cryin'.

Drivin' N Cryin' and friends.

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck.

Peter Buck presented Drivin' N Cryin's GEORGY.


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