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James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award
2015 Recipient - Bishop Paul S. Morton

 

Bishop Paul S. Morton


Bishop Paul S.  Morton  is  uniquely  anointed  for  the  body  of  Christ  with  a clear  and distinct  voice in the  21st Century,  releasing into the atmosphere the    truth    of    God's    word,    and    bringing    about    salvation,    healing, deliverance   and   restoration   for   the   continued   up-building   of   God's Kingdom.
A  Pastor's  Pastor;  a  Leader's  Leader;  the  nurturing  heart  of  an  apostolic father  with  a  mandate  to  Change  A  Generation  by Changing  the  Way  We Do  Church.   He  is the  Founding  Bishop  of  the  Full Gospel  Baptist  Church Fellowship International,   as  well   as  the   Senior   Pastor  of  Changing  A Generation  Full Gospel  Baptist Church in Atlanta,  GA and the Co-Pastor of Greater   St.  Stephen   Full Gospel   Baptist   Church   in   New   Orleans,   LA. (One Church in Two States with Four Locations!}
Bishop   Morton is a gifted author   and an anointed singer with six   (6) Stella r Awards.   He also holds multiple advanced degrees in Theology and Divinity.   Bishop and his wife, Dr. Debra B. Morton, are the proud parents of three children and the grandparents of six beautiful grandchildren.

Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award
2015 Recipient - Andrae Crouch

 

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Andraé Edward Crouch is an award-winning gospel musician, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. Born July 1, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, he was a key figure in the Christian Music movement of the 1960s and 1970s. His religious songs have been performed by Elvis Presley, Paul Simon, church choirs, and other musical groups around the world. He has won nine GRAMMY® awards, six GMA Dove awards and received an Oscar nomination. Crouch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1998.

His recordings range from reverent hymns, to the traditional gospel music pioneered by Thomas A. Dorsey, to contemporary light rock and pop-oriented songs backed by jazz musicians, to African/world-music influences.
Called the “the father of the modern gospel,” because he more than anyone expanded gospel music to include elements of R&B and modern popular styles during the 70s and 80s, Crouch had his early musical formation in his parents’ church in southern California. He has often told the story about how his piano- playing was literally God-given when he was a child.

His first musical group was the COGICS (Church of God in Christ Singers), which he formed when he was in high school and which featured vocalist Billy Preston. Preston later played organ for the Beatles, Eric Clapton, and many other mainstream and gospel artists before launching a successful solo career. The COGICS were the first to record “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power.”
Crouch founded the Disciples in 1965. At the urging of Christian composer Ralph Carmichael, he began to record his compositions in 1969.

During the 1965-1985 period, Crouch and the Disciples appeared on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, performed at the Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall, and toured 68 countries. Their most popular songs from this period include “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power,” “Through It All,” “Bless His Holy Name,” and “My Tribute.” Their contemporary gospel sound reached beyond the traditional African American base and touched a racially and musically diverse audience. Several musical groups and solo performers recorded Crouch’s more popular works, further expanding his musical influence.

He later worked as a producer or arranger with Michael Jackson, Madonna (“Like A Prayer”), Quincy Jones, Diana Ross, Elton John and Rick Astley (“Cry For Help”). His film credits include Once Upon A Forest, The Color Purple, The Lion King, and Free Willy. Who can forget the rousing rendition of “Maybe God’s Trying to Tell You Something,” from The Color Purple (featuring Tata Vega on lead), or the theme from the NBC sitcom Amen. Crouch also appeared on television as the voice of Dr. Seuss’s Yertle the Turtle.

Crouch who is credited with revolutionizing the sound of contemporary gospel music, was one of the first black gospel artists to crossover to mainstream contemporary Christian music, and his songs have become staples and popular hymns in churches all around the world. In 1996, his songs were the impetus for the GRAMMY award-winning CD, Tribute: The Songs of Andraé Crouch, which featured a range of artists, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Take 6 and Michael W. Smith, performing some of his classic songs.

Andraé Crouch has won numerous awards and honors over the years. In addition to his GRAMMY® Awards and GMA Dove Awards, he has received ASCAP, Billboard and NAACP Image Awards. In 2004, he became the only living contemporary gospel artist—and just the third in history—to have his star enshrined on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, Crouch was the recipient of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ Inaugural Salute to Gospel Music Lifetime Achievement Award.

Andraé Crouch now served as Senior Pastor at the New Christ Memorial Church of God in Christ in San Fernando, California, the church founded by his parents.


Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award
2015 Recipient - Al "The Bishop" Hobbs

 

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Al “The Bishop” Hobbs --  1943 - 2014
Alfonza Earl Hobbs was destined to be a leader, with his take-charge nature, though at one point he was pressing forward in the wrong direction.  It was his love of Gospel music that led him to give his life to Jesus Christ.  Hobbs spent most of his time in the church, singing in the choir and honing his piano skills. Al grew in talent and was recruited to join “Lucille Jones and the Travelling Notes”  and did so for several years.

After graduation from high school, Hobbs left home for Indianapolis to attend Butler University, but was unable to enroll because he learned that his mother needed his tuition money to fix the furnace. Being the enterprising young man that he was, he went looking for work. His first brief employment was at A & P grocery store where he sharpened his people skills, which then led him to 7-11 grocery store where he worked his way up to store manager … growing it to the most profitable store in the chain. 

Al was persuaded to leave 7-11 to join WTLC radio in its early days where he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming an on air-personality and Sales Manager in 1974. He eventually became Vice President/General Manager and Partner in 1979. Hobbs’ Sunday afternoon Gospel program, “The Love Express” garnered huge ratings and exposed generations to quality Gospel music.  It was here that he became affectionately known as “The Bishop.”  For 25 years, Hobbs helped grow WTLC into a major broadcasting outlet in Indianapolis and one of the nation’s leading Black radio stations.

Al Hobb’s Passions
Al’s never ending quest to serve people led him to become a longtime member and original Board Member of the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA), the 30,000 member organization founded by the Gospel giant Rev. James Cleveland.  Al organized the GMWA Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG), the largest association of Gospel announcers in the world. After the passing of GMWA President Rev. James Cleveland, he became the organization’s first chairman and insured the continuation of Cleveland’s incredible legacy.

Hobbs’ entrepreneurial drive caused him to emerge as a force in Gospel music nationally. As a singer, songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur, he also founded ALEHO International Music. Hobbs accepted his God-given charge to make music for the heart of the Church. His first artist was the “GMWA Women of Worship” offering the world the Church standard, “Order My Step.” ALEHO has birthed numerous recording artists.

As a strong supporter of community-based initiatives, Hobbs became Vice-President of Public Relations and Marketing of Indiana Black Expo (IBE). He worked closely with IBE President Rev. Charles Williams to help build the Expo into the nation’s largest event of its kind. Hobbs’ event management company, ALEHO Enterprises, created the “StarQuest Talent Competition,” which became a regular staple at IBE, showcasing extraordinary Indiana talent and developing rising stars.

As further demonstration of his passion for the Indianapolis community, Hobbs founded the annual Christmas Season event, “We Can Feed the Hungry.” which providing groceries for thousands of needy Indianapolis area families.  For his service, Al received numerous awards and honors including, a Sagamore of the Wabash (Indiana’s highest civic honor), a Dove Award, Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame, and in 2007, a Stellar Awards for 50 years of contributions to Gospel music.

Al "The Bishop" Hobbs, passed away in _____ 2014 after a long illness. He was blessed to find the love of his life, Gabrella Coleman-Hobbs who preceded him in death in 2002. The Hobbs cherished legacy is their children Alex (deceased), Asha and Bridgett. 

Stellar Radio Awards
Don Jackson, CEO of Central City Productions and Executive Producer of the Stellar Awards tapped Al Hobbs to coordinate the prestigious Stellar Radio Stations of the Year Awards, which was launched in 2006.  Don’s vision and Al’s leadership received tremendous response.  This Award was established to recognize and honor radio stations in various markets for their commitment to playing Gospel music.  We salute Al “The Bishop” Hobbs

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