The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has made Oklahoma proud by honoring native innovators and industry icons.
Since 1996, it has inducted more than 37 individuals or groups, produced more than seven concerts and renovated the facility that will educate Oklahomans about the musical legends.
Each year they recognize “the greats” from Oklahoma who have made their mark on the music industry in one form or another.
This year’s class of inductees shows the remarkable diversity that Oklahoma has contributed to the music industry. Inductees include the following: Jimmy Webb, Mason Williams, Sandi Patty, Barbara McAlister, Norma Jean (Beasler) and the late Bob Dunn.
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame also inducted the Mabee Center, located right here on ORU’s campus because of its history of hosting musical events.
“When you think Oklahoma music, Mabee Center just has to be on the short list for historical venues,” said James Smith, Mabee Center marketing and business director.
Over the years, the Mabee Center has hosted musical icons like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Johnny Cash, Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond have performed there. Even Justin Bieber has grace the Mabee’s stage.
Because of its history, the Mabee Center was chosen as the venue to host the 2013 Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inductees concert.
It was the first venue in 13 years to be chosen outside of the Hall of Fame located in Muskogee, Okla.
This concert was made up of performances by several of the inductees, including the newly famous Swon Brothers.
Born and raised in Muskogee, the Swon Brothers have had a long road to achieve the newfound success they currently enjoy.
What began as performing in the family band and waiting in a record label lobby for a chance has become a nation-wide phenomenon after placing third on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Due to their success, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame recognized these hometown boys with the 2013 Rising Star Award. Thompson Square and Blake Shelton, their mentor on “The Voice,” have also received this award.
Zach Swon, who previously worked at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame giving tours, said it was a proud moment.
“It is an honor and blessing to be able to play on a stage like this in front of our friends and family…we would not be here without all of your support and votes from when we were on the show,” he said.
The duo made everyone in attendance feel like they were at home at the “swoncert.” They brought a girl on stage and walked through the crowd.
Regardless of the clock, the brothers maintained their promise to stay after the show, taking pictures and signing autographs with each and every fan.