Christian rockers Third Day and Stockbridge-birthed Collective Soul are among the bold-faced names being inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame this year.
The inductees were announced Tuesday during a media luncheon at the CNN Center Dantanna’s downtown.
Veteran Atlanta concert promoter Peter Conlon and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox are also on this year’s list, along with John L. Carson who is receiving the Pioneer Award. Singer Roy Hamilton, bassist Berry Oakley and music mogul Shakir Stewart will be honored posthumously.
The 31st annual Georgia Music Hall of Fame awards show will be broadcast live on GPB-TV Sept. 19 from the Georgia World Congress Center. The evening will be hosted by broadcasters Monica Pearson and Leslie Fram.
“I was actually holding out for that coveted posthumous position,” cracked Live Nation’s Conlon when we asked for his reaction. “This kind of rattles that whole strategy.”
Atlanta songwriter Cox, who’s written hits for Beyonce, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Jermaine Dupri, Toni Braxton and 112, initially thought someone made a mistake.
“I didn’t think I was old enough!” Cox joked to Buzz. “My mother lives in Houston and has an entire room dedicated to my awards. I never go in there. But I took a walk in there to take a look at the Grammys after they called me about this. Sometimes you get so caught up in doing the work, you’re not thinking about what you’ve managed to achieve. This is a nice opportunity to put that into perspective for me.”
But Michele Rhea Caplinger, the Atlanta chapter Grammy executive director explained that’s what makes the Georgia Music Hall of Fame unique.
“Traditionally, when you think about hall of fame inductees, you think only about artists in the twilight of their career,” she said. “I love that we have so many vibrant artists on today’s charts in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.”