The Nation’s Largest Gospel Music Festival Comes to Tulsa for the First Time
PRESS EVENT AT THE WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER TODAY 10:30 A.M.
Powell, Missouri (November 12, 2015 ) – The Brumley Music Company, one of the most influential Gospel, Americana and Country music companies in the world, has announced the legendary 48th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing will come to the City of Tulsa August 3-6, 2016 for the very first time. Now in its 48th year, the Brumley Gospel Sing is one of the most successful and highly-anticipated Gospel music festivals in the world hosting visitors from across the United States and four days of music and entertainment. This event which will have great economic impact on the City of Tulsa will also bring today’s most popular acts to the city for the event.
Bob Brumley, CEO of The Brumley Music Company and the entire Brumley family will take part in a press event which will begin at 10:30 a.m. at The Woody Guthrie Center located at 102 East Brady Street in Tulsa. Today the City of Tulsa will also proclaim it “Brumley Music Day” with a special proclamation presentation. Ray Hoyt, Senior Vice President of Visit Tulsa will welcome Bob Brumley and soloist Cynthia Simmons will perform “I’ll Fly Away” in celebration of the announcement. City Councilor Jeannie Cue and Deanna McCloud, Executive Director of The Woody Guthrie Center will also speak at the presentation.
The Brumley Gospel Sing originated in 1969 in a rodeo arena in Springdale, Arkansas as an idea by Albert E. Brumley. The popular four-day event brings together dozens of the most popular Gospel performers and more than 20,000 Gospel music fans from all over the country. Known as the “Granddaddy of All Gospel Sing” or “the Bonaroo of Gospel Music,” the Brumley Gospel Sing is a tradition for thousands of guests who have returned each and every year since its inception.
“We are thrilled to be coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 48th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing. My father, Albert E. Brumley was born in Oklahoma so it is only fitting that during this 110th Anniversary year celebrating his legacy that we come back to his home state,” said Bob Brumley, CEO of Brumley Music Company. “We are looking forward to meeting all the fans in Tulsa and bringing much attention to the great City of Tulsa.”
Albert E. Brumley, who was born in Spiro, Oklahoma, began writing in the late 1920s and never imagined his songs would go on to become some of the most popular and recorded Gospel and Americana music of our time. If it wasn’t for hits like “I’ll Fly Away” or “Turn Your Radio On,” we wouldn’t have some of the most profound and longstanding favorites of the industry. “I’ll Fly Away” remains the most recorded song ever. This year the Brumley Music Company is celebrating the 110th Anniversary of Albert E. Brumley.
One doesn’t have to look far to sense the influence Brumley Music has had on the Gospel, Americana and Country music industry. Artists like Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, Alan Jackson, Vince Gil, Jars of Clay, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and even Kanye West have recorded or performed Brumley original songs. Most have which gone on to become Gold or Platinum selling albums. Songs from Brumley Music have received 9 GRAMMY Awards, 25 GRAMMY nominations, won countless DOVE Awards, IBMA, CMA, ACM and Americana Awards. “I’ll Fly Away” greatly influenced the TV show by the same name which won three Golden Globe Awards, five Golden Globe nominations, 3 Emmy Awards, received 23 Emmy nominations, won a Peabody Award and four NAACP Awards. Albert E. Brumley’s music was also featured prominently in the legendary hit television series “The Waltons” and in Spike Lee’s documentary “When the Levees Broke.” His music was also featured in the movie “O’ Brother Where Art Thou” which starred George Clooney and the seven-time Platinum selling soundtrack. The current hit HBO series “Treme” also featured music by Brumley. And movies including “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Apostle” and “Daddy’s Dyin, Who’s Got the Will” also featured his music. Information on the 48th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing can be found at www.brumleymusic.com
ABOUT BRUMLEY MUSIC COMPANY: Brumley Music Company, located in Powell, Missouri, is a music publishing and production company founded in the early 1940s by Albert E. Brumley. It also operates The Hartford Music Group which is part of the Brumley Music Company. President and CEO, Bob Brumley operates the company whose mission is to uphold Albert E. Brumley’s legacy while producing and providing inspirational music built on a rich tradition and heritage. Brumley’s hit Gospel song “I’ll Fly Away” remains the most recorded song ever and serves as the namesake as the company’s foundation “The I’ll Fly Away Foundation.” The company produces songbooks, the popular annual “Gospel Sing” four-day musical event, oversees the wide catalog of Brumley original music, publishing and licensing. Find out more at www.facebook.com/thebrumleysing or www.twitter.com/BrumleyMusic. Brumley Music can also be reached by calling 1-800-435-3725. For ticket information to the 47th Annual Gospel Sing go to www.brumleymusic.com. For more information go to www.brumleymusic.com Bob Brumley is available for media interviews in Tulsa during his visit on November 12, 2015.