Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inducts Eight

KRISTIN CHENOWETH: From Broken Arrow, the popular singer and actress attended college at Oklahoma City University where she earned a BFA in musical theatre and a master’s in opera performance. After moving from Oklahoma City to New York City, her career took off in theater, television, film and recordings.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducted eight outstanding individuals who have made lasting contribution to our nation’s culture.

Glee Emmy Nominee Kristin Chenoweth; the late Jesse Ed Davis who played with Leon Russell, Jackson Browne, George Harrison and John Lennon; the late jazz musician Wayman Tisdale; entertainment writer Gene Triplett; the late composer, lyricist and performer Ralph Blane; multiple Grammy nominee Cheevers Toppah; Nokie Edwards and the late Bob Bogel of  The Ventures were inducted during ceremonies on Nov. 10.

“We are thrilled to induct such a prestigious group of individuals who have enhanced our lives and whose music and entertainment contributions leave a lasting legacy across the globe,” says Andrea Chancellor, Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame board president.

The 2011 Class of Inductees join a growing list of prominent musicians, composers and performers who have entertained generations, including past inductees Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Jean Shepard, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Ronnie Dunn, David Gates, The All American Rejects, Leona Mitchell and dozens of others. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inducted its first members in 1997.

The inductees were honored in Muskogee Nov. 10 during a gala celebrating their careers and to recognize them as ambassadors for the Great State of Oklahoma across the world’s stage.

About the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame
Oklahomans have always had a rich and profound impact on the world’s music culture.  In 1995, recognizing the need to educate the public about the influence Oklahomans have had in the music industry, the vision for the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame was born.

On an annual basis since 1997, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has been honoring some of the world’s most notable talents whose gifts and musical styles are as breathtaking and diverse as the Oklahoma landscape.  The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame & Museum is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization.

For more information, go to www.omhof.com  or contact the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum at 918-687-0800. 

Updated 11-29-2011

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