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Jermaine Dupri, Donald Lawrence headline NC Music Hall class
Grammy winners lead six inductees
Published Saturday, August 8, 2020 8:17 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

Grammy-winning producer and hip-hop artist Jermaine Dupri is one of six inductees to the North Crolina Music Hall of Fame, along with his father,  Michael Mauldin, a live event producer and entertainment executive.

A pair of Grammy-winning artists lead the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

Donald Lawrence of Gastonia and Jermaine Dupri of Asheville are among six inductees. R&B legend Roberta Flack of Black Mountain is one of two past inductees who will receive lifetime achievement recognition. The induction will be a commemoration of each inductee and a showcase of their important contributions made to American Music.

The inductees are:

• Donald Lawrence, a gospel music artist, songwriter, record producer and vocal coach. Lawrence has won multiple Stellar Awards and was musical director of the Tri-City Singers.

• Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy-winning producer, hip-hop artist, songwriter and record executive is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and founder of So So Def record label.

• Michael Mauldin of Murphy is and Dupri’s father, is an entertainment executive and live event producer and CEO of Scream Nation, a concert tour joint venture with Live Nation Entertainment. Mauldin is former president of the Black Music division at Columbia Records, former senior vice president of the Columbia Record Group and a talent manager.

• Charles Whitfield of Charlotte is a producer, executive, and A&R executive/investor in Hidden Beach Recordings. He is currently director of live events at Beasley Media Group.

• The Briarhoppers, formed in Charlotte in 1934, are the oldest continuing bluegrass group in the world. The band was WBT radio’s first house band to play live on radio.

• The Squirel Nut Zippers, a jazz band formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, rose to commercial success during the swing revival during the late in that decade. The band's music is a fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz and swing.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards honorees are:

• Tony Brown, a Grammy-winning record producer and pianist from Greensboro best known for his work in country music. Brown co-founded Universal South Records and is former president of MCA Records Nashville. He produced gold and platinum hit recordings by artists like George Strait, Reba McEntire, and Vince Gill as well as earning seven Academy of Country Music awards, including Producer of the Year, as well as several Country Music Association awards.

• Roberta Flack, the only solo artist to win a Grammy for Record of the Year in two consecutive years. In addition to her commercial success, Flack is founder of the Roberta Flack School of Music at Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx, a free music education program for underprivileged students. She also earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year.

The induction ceremony, which was originally slated for October at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, has been postponed to 2021 because of the COVID-19 outbreak.


The Briarhoppers...long overdue for a band that is ine of the cornerstones of Charlotte
Posted on August 15, 2020
Congrats to you all, especially my good friend & classmate, Donald Lawrence! So happy for you & all of your accomplishments!
Posted on August 8, 2020

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