The Country Music Hall of Fame has three new members. The Country Music Association announced on April 22, 2014 that Hank Cochran, Ronnie Millsap and Mac Wiseman have become the newest members. Cochran was inducted into the “Songwriter” category, Millsap was inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category and we have the “Veterans Era Artist” category going to Wiseman.
The three new names added to the Country Music Hall of Fame makes the number of members who have received the honor of being inducted grow from 121 to 124 members. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has been making some major changes in addition to the three new inductees. They have also just rolled out the $100 million expansion making the Country Music Hall of Fame twice the size that it originally was.
The public grand opening celebration took place recently and there have been over 200 million country music artifacts put on display for you to go check out. The Country Music Hall of Fame and museum has added new interactive displays and exhibits for country music fans of all ages so now when you head there you can also take a look at what the three new inductees have added to the world of country music in order to have their names recognized in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Cochran ‘s wife Suzi spoke on behalf of her husband who died in 2010 during the announcement ceremony saying “I never dreamt it would be me and not Hank standing here” adding “I’m so proud of Hank and I’m so thrilled for our family. It’s hard for me to picture Hank without a pen and paper in hand. He would have loved to be here today to thank the nominating committee, CMA members and all of his friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Milsap spoke during the ceremony saying “When you start listening to the radio as a kid, you want to hear your songs on there, because songs are bits of people’s lives, including your own.” Milsap continued by saying “Then you dream that your songs and your music will mean enough to the people that, one day, they’ll put you in the Hall of Fame. Not for you, exactly, but for all the songwriters and musicians and especially the fans who tell you their life is in your songs.”
Milsap added “To me, that’s what the Hall of Fame is all about: how many people’s lives were held in your music. So many people I admire and have heard my story in their songs are already in the Hall, and I love the idea that maybe my music meant – to others – what those artists have meant to me.” Wiseman spoke about receiving the honor by saying “Being a founding member of CMA, I have always been proud of my role in helping make Country Music popular” adding “Being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame is the icing on the cake and certainly a highlight of my career”