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Aretha Franklin Heads Gospel Hall Of Fame Inductees

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —

Aretha Franklin, Rev. F.C. Barnes, Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires, John P. Kee, Rev. Timothy Wright, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Roberts and Dr. Myles Munroe are this year's inductees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The 2005 inducteesare nominated from around the world and selected by the IGMHFM board, were announced by founder David Gough in a guest appearance on the TCT. "We had our largest-ever online voter turnout this year," said Hall of Fame founder David Gough. "We have also been broadcasting the 2004 Induction Special, which has increased awareness of the contributions made to gospel music by so many individuals and groups over the years. The reach of gospel music is truly global, and it is gratifying to see its influence grow."

The International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Its 9th annual induction and awards gala will be held in Detroit. October 22.

Nominees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum must have been involved in gospel music activities for at least 25 years. Individuals, groups, choirs, quartets, broadcast personalities and promoters are represented among past years inductees. Among the more than 95 previous inductees are Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Della Reese, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Dr. Bobby Jones and the Milton Brunson's Thompson Community Choir.

Founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization by DoRohn Entertainment's president and gospel artist David Gough, the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum preserves and celebrates the work of the world's legendary and influential gospel music artists and entertainers. The museum, open for tours by appointment, is housed in the studios of DoRohn Entertainment. Its collections include recordings, documents, photographs and memorabilia. Archivists and music experts are also available to assist students and researchers. Plans are now moving forward to build a new facility for the Hall of Fame and Museum in Detroit. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner