Pennsylvania singer Neil Enloe attended his induction into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame at Dollywood recently in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
â€œSouthern Gospel performer and songwriter Neil Enloe was destined to become one of the most influential performers in our industry,â€ said Charlie Waller, SGMA executive director. â€œThrough his more than 40 years with the Couriers based in Harrisburg, Penn. , the Couriers became one of the best-known and most respected groups in Southern gospel.”
â€œSeveral of his songs have become standards, most notably â€œStatue of Liberty,â€ the Dove Award winning song from 1976,â€ he said.
Enloe, who is originally from Illinois, said God called him to service in his youth.
â€œI am grateful God has kept me in music for 50 something years now,â€ he said. â€œThis has not been a solo journey for me. I have been with the same group for 50 something years now, with two of my buddies – Dave Kyllonen and Duane Nicholson. They have just a big a part of this as I have.â€
He also dedicated the honor to his spouse.
â€œMy wife Ruthie has been both Mom and Dad while I was on the road,â€ he said. â€œI could not have done this without you. You are the great love of my life. My three kids are here with their spouses. I am overwhelmed, honored and grateful.â€
For more information, visit www.neilenloe.com.
The other 2009 SGMA class of inductees are Ed Hill, Harold Lane, Don Light, Bill Lyles, Elizabeth “Lady” Mull, Billy Todd and Charlie Waller.