Connie Hopper Inducted into SGMA Hall of Fame
The Hoppers receive Three Singing News Fan Awards
SGMA Hall of Fame Inductee Connie Hopper (L), and Claude Hopper (R) with
Dolly Parton, 2010 Recipient of the James D. Vaughan Impact Award.
Photo by Aaron Crisler / The Judy Nelon Group
NASHVILLE, TENN. (October 5, 2010) - Connie Hopper, beloved matriarch of The Hoppers, was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on September 29, 2010 at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
The celebrated first lady of America's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, noted for her vibrant faith, has received many outstanding accolades during her career, including the Singing News Favorite Alto of the Year award three times, and the Marvin Norcross award in recognition of her devotion to family, church and significant contributions to the gospel music industry. For over 50 years Connie has been a member of the Hopper family singers, an accomplished musician, songwriter, and author of two books: The Peace That Passeth Understanding, a book of testimonies about her experience with cancer and Heart of The Matter, an inspiring devotional.
The Singing News Fan Awards were woven into the SGMA Hall of Fame ceremony with three more awards for The Hoppers; Kim Hopper, Favorite Female Artist of the Year and Favorite Soprano of the Year and The Hoppers were named Favorite Mixed Group of the Year with Claude Hopper accepting for his family.
Michael Hopper, Karlye Hopper, Claude Hopper, Connie Hopper
In addition, the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame also inducted: Danny Gaither, Sam Goodman, Bill Hefner, Little Jan Buckner-Goff, Arthur Smith and presented the prestigious James D. Vaughan Impact Award to Dolly Parton for her significant contributions to gospel music.