The Hoppers Inducted In to North Carolina Music Hall of Fame

GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members THE HOPPERS can add another Hall of Fame to their list of honors. The beloved Gospel music family was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame on October 18, 2018 during a ceremony in Kannapolis, NC

The group was inducted alongside other noted North Carolinians: John Tesh, Chris Daughtry, Dolphus Ramseur, Luther Barnes, Calvin Richardson and Blind Boy Fuller.

“Living my entire life in the state that I love calling home, I feel so appreciative and blessed that our family was honored by our recent induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame,” said Connie Hopper.”

During the event, The Hoppers also performed for the capacity crowd, giving the audience just a little glimpse into this family’s iconic career.

The Hoppers join other noted inductees through the years, such as Tony Brown, Tori Amos, Shirley Caesar, Ronnie Milsap, Stonewall Jackson, Randy Travis, Mike Curb, Nina Simone, Eric Church and many more.

Hailing from Madison, NC, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers – known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music – have been singing to global audiences for over 60 years with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They have performed throughout the United States as well as in Israel, Europe, and Africa. Their unique blend of harmonies and song choices have created a legacy of musical excellence embraced by leading pastors and event organizers. The family is favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land near the top of the BILLBOARD sales charts and multiple radio charts. They are one of the most highly celebrated artists in music with over 50 awards, eight number one songs along with multiple top 5 songs. Additionally, Claude Hopper is a member of the SGMA Hall of Fame and group members Claude, Connie, Kim, and Dean hold honorary Doctorate Degrees from Oakland City University.

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