The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is tonight! The ceremony at the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, N.C. will honor the new class of inductees: Elizabeth Cotten, Merle Watson, 9th Wonder, Big Daddy Kane, and Mitch Easter. Current Hall of Famers Shirley Caesar and Kellie Pickler will perform at the ceremony as highlight inductees.

There are still a few tickets available to this special evening. However, if you can’t make it to the Gem Theatre, Come Hear NC will be on site live streaming the whole evening. Tune in at 7:15 PM at the link below!


Come Hear North Carolina will livestream the 2019 North Carolina Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Five North Carolinians will be inducted into North Carolina’s center for recognizing, promoting and commemorating our state’s musical heritage. This year’s inductees are:



  • Elizabeth Cotten – Grammy Award winning blues and folk musician born in Carrboro, North Carolina.
  • Merle Watson – Two time Grammy Award winning folk/bluegrass guitarist born in Deep Gap, North Carolina. 
  • Mitch Easter – Producer, musician, and songwriter born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • 9th Wonder – Hip-Hop producer, record executive, rapper, and lecturer born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Big Daddy Kane – Grammy Award winning hip-hop recording artist and actor from Wake Forest, North Carolina.


The official induction of the 2019 class will take place between 7:15 and 10:30 p.m. at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, N.C. The Ceremony is open to the public and includes a pre-ceremony reception for VIP ticket holders. The event also includes live performances by North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductees. Past inductees Pastor Shirley Caesar and Kellie Pickler will return to the Induction Ceremony as highlight inductees. 

Tickets for the ceremony are available for purchase here. Watch the induction ceremony below:


March is Music in Our Schools Month, and we celebrated by live streaming a concert featuring the North Davidson High School Chamber Choir on Wednesday, March 13.  It is one of four free concerts presented by the North Carolina Music Educators Association’s every Wednesday through March 27 to celebrate Music in Our Schools Month.

The choir performance featured Miss America 2019, Nia Imani Franklin, a North Carolina native and North Davidson High School alum, who attended and performed. Franklin has been a teacher and music mentor, and has written over 100 songs, including one she began performing at age of five.

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