Dolly Parton is the granddaughter of a preacher. Photo by John Leyba, The Denver Post
Dolly Parton and Michael W. Smith led a group of performers who were inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame on Monday Feb. 2.
Parton is known for her country music hits, grabbing 26 No. 1 country singles. She has also recorded numerous gospel songs. Parton, fhe granddaughter of preacher, opened Dollywood theme park in 1985 and on the grounds is the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame.
Smith is an icon in the gospel music world, garnering 42 Dove Awards along with three Grammy Awards to just name a few of his accolades. He remains a mentor to many young artists and is involved with teen outreach.
Also inducted on Monday were Dr. Bobby Jones, the Dixie Hummingbirds and music producer Lari Goss.