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Bill Hearn, Commissioned & More to Be Inducted into Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Bill Hearn
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Bill Hearn accepts the Frances Preston Lifetime Achievement Music Industry Achievement Award on behalf of his father, Billy Ray Hearn, at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala at Omni Hotel Downtown on March 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn.

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.

Bill Hearn was a two-time Grammy winner. He won as the compilation producer of Amazing Grace— A Country Salute to Gospel (best Southern gospel, country gospel or bluegrass gospel album, 1995) and as one of five producers of Oh Happy Day (best traditional gospel album, 2010).

The three vocal groups have all received Grammy nominations, though none has won.
Commissioned, which formed in Detroit in 1982, is on a reunion tour. The seven-man group includes Marvin Sapp, Fred Hammond and Keith Staten.

The key members of The Isaacs are siblings Becky, Sonya and Ben.

4Him, which was active from 1990 to 2006, included Andy Chrisman, Mark Harris, Marty Magehee and Kirk Sullivan.

The 2020 honorees of the GMA Honors are Chris Tomlin for Angel Armies, Steve Moore for The Shalom Foundation, Wes Campbell and Dave Wagner for Thriving Charity Advocates (TCA) and Willie Moore Jr. for Bethany Christian Services.

The GMA Honors & Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony supports the perseveration efforts and educational programs of the GMA Foundation. Jackie Patillo, GMA president and executive director, said: "The GMA is humbled to have an evening such as this to honor our industry's leaders and innovators."