BMI Salutes Southern Gospel Pioneer Les Beasley

Posted in News on October 22, 2003
BMI hosted a reception for the Southern Gospel Music Guild during the National Quartet Convention's annual gathering in Louisville, Kentucky. Southern Gospel Music legend Les Beasley was honored with the first award from the guild for his outstanding contribution to the growth of Christian music. New SGMG president Judy Nelon made the presentation.

Pictured are BMI's Joyce Rice, Les Beasley and Judy Nelon.

Longtime member and manager of The Florida Boys, Beasley has been a performer and leader in gospel music for over fifty years. A pioneer in Southern Gospel Music television, he was instrumental in creating the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards program. He is a member of the Southern Gospel Music, GMA, and Texas Gospel Music Halls of Fame.