2014 N.C. Music Hall of Fame inductees announced

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Congressional candidate Clay Aiken and fellow “American Idol” singer Fantasia Barrino are among this year’s inductees to the 2014 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place Thursday, Oct. 16 at historic Gem Theatre, 111 W 1st St., Kannapolis. Organizers have not confirmed which artists will be in attendance at the ceremony.

This year’s inductees include:

» Clay Aiken, pop vocalist, (2003 American Idol runner-up), Raleigh;

» Fantasia Barrino, R&B/pop vocalist, (2004 American Idol winner), High Point;

» The Embers, recording artists (“Far Away Places,” “I Love Beach Music”) Raleigh;

» Jimmy Capps, guitarist, Country/Bluegrass (The Grand Ole Opry), Benson;

The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will also induct these artists posthumously:

» Link Wray, guitarist, pop/rock (“Rumble” #16 Billboard 1958), Dunn;

» “Little Eva” Boyd, pop vocalist (“The Loco-Motion,” “Let’s Turkey Trot”), Belhaven;

» Talmadge “Tab” Smith, Jazz/R&B Musician/Vocalist (played with Jimmy Witherspoon and Johnny Otis), Kinston;

» Lulu Belle & Scotty, Country Musicians/ Vocalists (“The Sweethearts of Country Music” in the 1930s-1940s), Boone and Spruce Pine.

VIP and general admission tickets are on sale at http://ncmhof.eventbrite.com and at the museum at 109 West A Street, Kannapolis. VIP Tickets are $65 each. General admission is $25.

This will be the fifth year that the N.C. Music Hall of Fame has put on an induction ceremony since opening in 2009.

Eddie Ray, who heads the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, was inducted in 2009.

Ray, of Kannapolis, has worked in the music industry for years and while at Imperial Records he promoted such acts as Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson and Slim Whitman. He also worked at Tower Records where he signed Pink Floyd.

The N.C. Music Hall of Fame is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and then from 2-4 p.m. It is closed Saturday and Sunday. The museum is free, but does take donations.

For more information contact Eddie Ray e-mail info@northcarolinamusichalloffame.org or call 704-934-2320.