Pioneer Award – Francine Reed Known to most of the world as Lyle Lovett’s duet and back-up vocalist, Reed, has been singing professionally since she was a child. Reed’s two albums for Atlanta-based label, Ichiban, include I Want You to Love Me (1995) and Can’t Make It on My Own (1996). In 1999, on the Intersound label, she released Shades of Blue. In 2001, Reed recorded some of her best material live in the studio and released as I Got a Right!…To Some of My Best. Reed has appeared on recordings with Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, and others. Still residing in Atlanta, she frequently performs at Blind Willie’s in the Virginia-Highland neighborhood.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame Awards October 11th!
Songwriter Award – Ed Roland For the past two decades, Atlanta native Ed Roland has been the front man and heart of the platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. He has written seven #1 radio hits and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Ed’s newest musical endeavor, Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project released their debut album, Devils n’ Darlins in 2013. In 2014 Collective Soul is performing around the globe on an extensive world tour celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary and forthcoming 9th studio album, See What You Started by Continuing, due to release in spring of 2015. Roland studied guitar and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is the recipient of several good will accolades including Usher’s 2013 New Look Foundation Youth Catalyst Award. He currently lives in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife and youngest of two sons and enjoys golf and contributing to local charitable organizations.
Group Award – Wet Willie Formed in Mobile, Alabama in 1969, but relocated to Macon, Georgia and signed with Capricorn Records in 1970. Their self-titled debut LP introduced listeners to vocalist Jimmy Hall’s brand of R&B-infused rock and roll swagger, and became a regional hit. The group’s national breakthrough came with 1974’s “Keep On Smilin’,” which reached the Top 10 on the Billboard singles chart. After five albums with Capricorn, they moved to Epic Records in 1977, carrying the singles “Street Corner Serenade” and “Weekend” to the Top 40. After a hiatus in the 1980s, Wet Willie regrouped, and continues to perform today.
Posthumous Inductees: Sean Costello, Wally Fowler, Eddie Horst, Bobby Byrd and Frank Fenter.