Mandrell to accept James D. Vaughan Award
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Louise Mandrell will receive the Southern Gospel Music Association’s James D. Vaughan Impact Award on Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. SGMA’s Executive Director Charlie Waller made the announcement.

Mandrell will be presented the award in Dollywood’s Chasing Rainbows Museum prior to the SGMA Hall of Fame induction ceremony and Singing News Fan Awards in the Dolly Parton Celebrity Theater. Mandrell will perform as part of the induction ceremony and awards event.

When told of the news, Louise said, “To say that I am honored and humbled by this award would be an understatement. Sharing God’s Love with audiences through gospel music has always been very important to me. While the Louise Mandrell Theater was in Pigeon Forge, it was incredible to see five extremely talented men come together to form Triumphant, a group that has been together for 11 years now. I thank you and I thank our Lord for the blessings that he has allowed me to enjoy.”

Past recipients of the award include Bill Gaither, James Blackwood, Les Beasley, Bob Brumley, Mosie Lister, Paul Heil, Eva Mae LeFevre, J.G. Whitfield, Lari Goss, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, The Statler Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys.

The DP Celebrity Theatre will host the annual celebration of inductees to the Hall of Fame at 3 p.m., honoring John T. Benson Jr., Thomas Dorsey, “Little” Roy Lewis, Polly Lewis-Copsey, Duane Nicholson and Tim Riley.

Other groups that will be performing during the awards show are Booth Brothers, Brian Free & Assurance, Greater Vision, Kingdom Heirs, Legacy Five, The McKameys, The Perrys, Tribute Quartet, Triumphant Quartet and The Whisnants.

As part of a talented musical family, it was only a matter of time until Mandrell would make her mark on the entertainment industry. Throughout a career spanning nearly four decades, she has worked with icons including Dolly Parton, Minnie Pearl, Bob Hope, Kenny Rogers and her sisters Barbara and Irlene.

Through weekly appearances on TV’s “Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters,” America learned of Mandrell’s amazing repertoire. A plethora of albums, tours and additional TV appearances followed, securing her place as a multitalented entertainer.

Opting to spend more time with her family, Mandrell opened The Louise Mandrell Theater in Pigeon Forge in 1997. She amazed audiences with her unlimited singing, dancing and musicianship by playing 13 different instruments during each performance. She closed the theater in 2005 to return home to Nashville.