Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bill Traylor Honored With The Lou Hildreth Award

Brentwood, TN (Mansion Entertainment) July 13th, 2010 – The Lou Hildreth Award, a part of the annual Diamond Awards, is presented each year in recognition for leadership in the Christian Music Industry and for making significant contributions to the expansion of Southern Gospel.

The award had its beginning in 1986, when Bill Traylor was asked, on the behalf of a Nashville publication owner, to name someone that was "making a difference" on Music Row. Bill Traylor surprised Lou Hildreth by presenting her with the first Lou Hildreth Award. The following year, Lou Hildreth presented the award to Joe Moscheo, who was the current Chairman of the Board at GMA. A few years lapsed before the award was presented again, however; the award was brought back at the request of Gary Cohn, Editor of The Gospel Voice at the time. The Lou Hildreth Award was also presented for several years at the National Quartet Convention. Some of the past recipients of the award are Dottie Leonard Miller, Fay Shedd, Beckie Simmons, Clarke Beasley, Judy Nelon, Paul Boden, Ed Leonard, Ed Harper, Jim Black, Brian Hudson, and Dr. Allen Smith.

The Diamond Awards nominees and recipients are chosen by fans with the exception of the Lou Hildreth Award. Lou Hildreth herself chooses whom she believes is making significant difference in the expansion of Southern Gospel Music. "It is my heart's desire that the ‘Lou Hildreth Award’ will encourage and inspire young men and women to choose a career in Christian Music and serve the industry with passion to the glory of God." Ms. Lou Hildreth.

The 2010 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were handed out in Branson, Missouri as part of the 2nd Annual Branson Gospel Music Convention. This year’s recipient of the Lou Hildreth Award happened to be its first presenter 24 years ago, Bill Traylor. Mr. Traylor is the Vice-President of Mansion Entertainment and a popular Southern Gospel program host.

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