Hearn's father, the late Billy Ray Hearn, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1997.
The late Bill Hearn, who rose to president and chief executive officer of Capitol Christian Music Group, will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the seventh annual GMA Honors & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on May 6 in Nashville. Three vocal groups will also be inducted—Commissioned (representing gospel), The Isaacs (Southern gospel) and 4Him (Contemporary Christian music).
These four inductions bring to 198 the number of groups or individuals in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The first inductions were in 1971. Artists and executives are eligible for inclusion after 25 years in the gospel field.
Hearn's father, the late Billy Ray Hearn, who was the founder and chairman of the EMI Christian Music Group, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1997. The elder Hearn died in 2015. The younger Hearn died in 2017.