BMI Salutes Gospel ‘Trailblazers’

Posted in News on January 21, 2002

BMI honored the best in gospel music at its third annual "Trailblazers of Gospel Music" luncheon on Friday, January 11 at 103 West in Atlanta. The invitation-only special event, hosted by BMI's Catherine Brewton, was held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which took place the next day at the Atlanta Civic Center.

Honorees, performers and other special guests with BMI executives

This year’s honorees included BMI songwriter/artists Kurt Carr, who received five Stellar Awards out of his nine nominations; Take 6; Doug and Melvin Williams, who were nominated for two Stellar Awards; Tramaine Hawkins; and James Cleveland, who was honored posthumously. Also recognized as a "Trailblazer" was Teresa Hairston, Founder & CEO of Horizon Concepts, which publishes Gospel Today and Gospel Industry Today magazines. Each honoree received a Trailblazer Award plaque in recognition of their outstanding achievements in gospel music. Performers included Fred Hammond, Men of Standard, LaShun Pace, Darwin Hobbs, Richard Smallwood and Doc McKenzie.

BMI's Thomas Cain, Michael Bacon, Isaac Carree, Melvin Williams, Bryan Pierce, Doug Williams, Lowell Pye and BMI's Catherine Brewton

All-star tribute to James Cleveland

5-time Stellar Award winner Kurt Carr, BMI's Catherine Brewton, Montell Jordan and Teddy Bishop

BMI's Catherine Brewton, Fred Hammond and BMI's Thomas Cain

Aleho International's Al Hobbs (center) accepts a Trailblazer Award for James Cleveland from BMI's Catherine Brewton and Thomas Cain

Dark Child producer Rodney Jerkins, BMI's Catherine Brewton, Gospel Today's Teresa Hairston and BMI honoree Fred Hammond

Luncheon guests listen intently to gospel diva Albertina Walker's remarks

Deitrick Haddon, BMI's Kimberly Dawkins, Teddy Bishop and BMI's Catherine Brewton

Men of Standard's Michael Balen and Isaac Carree, BMI's Catherine Brewton, and Men of Standard's Lowell Pye and Bryan Pierce

Donnie McClurkin, BMI's Thomas Cain, Darwin Hobbs, Montel Jordan and BMI's Catherine Brewton

Honoree Teresa Hairston (center) is congratulated by members of the Hi-Lites and BMI's Thomas Cain