The Indie Music Hall Of Fame "Lifetime Achievement Award" is the crown jewel of
the Indie Music Hall Of Fame.
This honor is awarded each year to a select number of individuals in recognition of their tremendous achievements and contributions as an independent artist.
2019 Indie Music Hall of Fame Inductees
Darlene is an accomplished American soprano, pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, composer, lyricist, record producer, author, actor, educational speaker, music industry consultant, international voice teacher, touring artist, and sonic therapist.
She has a Grammy Award and three Grammy Nominations as lead soprano in Clare Fischer's 2+2. She is known globally as the featured soprano soloist in the PBS television special and DVD, “Yanni, Live at the Acropolis”. Darlene has an MVP award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYS®) for "Best Studio Singer" for singing on over a thousand recordings of movies, television shows, CDs, commercials, live shows and more. She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd's "A Momentary Lapse of Reason." She is also known worldwide as the tambourine-waving choir nun in both "Sister Act" films with Whoopi Goldberg and off-camera as the production vocal coach, vocal contractor, and music director. In 2018, Darlene won "Artist of the Year" at the Indie Music Channel Awards.
SharBaby (a childhood nickname given by her Aunt Marie) first got interested in music at the age of 6 years old. At the age of 11 years old, she took guitar lessons and was deeply inspired by Hubert Sumlin and the Beatles. SharBaby's dad was a gospel singer in the 50's and early 60's, opening for Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, The Alabama Blind Boys, and the Dixie Humming Birds to name a few. SharBaby has gone on to become one of the top blues artists in the world, having played numerous festivals across in the U.S. and Europe, and her music can be heard on radio stations around the world. She has been featured in countless magazines and has performed on tour around the world, including England, Spain, France, Belgium and more. She has won numerous awards, including several Indie Music Channel Awards.
Elvis has been passionate about music for all of his adult life, funneling his creativity through his singing, songwriting, and music-making skills. His latest CD, Life, is his 8th LP recording in a long, illustrious continuing career. This Georgia native, born in Atlanta and raised in the small town of Palmetto, Georgia, still currently resides in his hometown. At the young age of 16, Elvis joined the United States army and at 17 years old was sent off to Lie Kie, Vietnam, where he spent more than a year fighting for his country with the First Infantry Division.. This patriotic multi-talented artist has been recognized significantly for his poems and songwriting. Elvis developed the design for the world renowned Guitar House in Fayetteville, Georgia. Elvis, the sole designer and builder of the landmark, spent 16 years creating this spectacular, guitar-shaped home. Elvis has won numerous awards, including several Indie Music Channel Awards.
Winners of "Best Americana Artist of the Year" last year at the Indie Music Channel Awards in Hollywood, Lost Hollow is a dynamic band comprised of two singers, the husband-wife duo, Tommy and Lorrie Harden. Tommy has been a Nashville ‘A’ team studio musician for many years. During his stint in Nashville, he as played on an estimated 7,000 -10,000 recording sessions. Tommy has played on sessions for Taylor Swift, Alan Jackson, Craig Campbell, Alabama, Kip Moore, Reba McEntire, David Allen Coe, Waylon Jennings, Lo Cash Cowboys, Tamia, Candi Staton, Big and Rich, John Anderson, George Jones, Jessica Simpson, and countless others. He has played on number 1 songs including “I Drive Your Truck” (ACM and CMA song of the year), “Girl I Just Got Started Loving You’ , ‘Lost In This Moment’ (Big and Rich’s only #1 hit), and many, many others.
Tommy has also played at the White House, performed on "Good Morning America", the "Today Show", "The View", "The Ellen Show", "Oprah", "Regis and Kelly", "The Tonight Show", "The David Letterman show", and more.
As Nashville based songwriters, Tommy and Lorrie got not 1, but 2 cuts on Reba McEntire’s double platinum selling album ‘Duets’. They included a song with Reba and Faith Hill called ‘Sleeping with a Telephone’ and another with Reba and Carole King called ‘Everyday People’, which was also performed live at the Kennedy Center with Reba and Carole in front of the President and the entire nation via NBC, making them possibly the only outside writers to ever get a Carole King cut that she didn’t write.
Reba McEntire says “I’ve been very fortunate to work with Tommy… and I’ve gotten to record songs written by Tommy and Lorrie…I’m very proud of both of them.”
Revival Train is a family Christian band featuring with Veronica Alkali (mother, leader and mentor), and her children Sunny, Ralph, Susan and Michael. As the founder and leader of the band, Veronica started her singing ministry after a divine revelation from the Lord God to play music to Him prior to the birth of her children.
As the years went by, she held on tight to the vision and promise of God that, even when the children came in she didn't relent, but involved them in her music ministry at a very early age. This involvement created a very strong bond between Veronica and her children. A bond that has been instilled into her children themselves, that they now all carry with them as they perform and share their outstanding music with the world.
8 Hour Drive
Rich Hering and Barry Best are the producing team behind "8 Hour Drive", who have enjoyed long and interesting creative careers, collaborating with some of the most successful artists in popular music. The following is a list of acts with which Barry and Rich have worked, either in the studio or on stage:
38 Special, Alabama, Ambrosia, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bob Seger, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, Christopher Cross, Eddie Money, Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad, Kansas, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Greenwood, Little Big Town, Little River Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Merle Haggard, Molly Hatchett, Percy Sledge, Peter Frampton, Poco, Pure Prairie League, REO Speedwagon, Rick Springfield, Roger Daltry, Ronnie Milsap, Styx, The Beach Boys, The Coasters, The Doobie Brothers, The Drifters, The Guess Who, The Lettermen, The Platters, The Temptations, Three Dog Night, Three Doors Down, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, War, Wynonna Judd, and many many more, including Indie Music Channel artist Ryan Daniel, of whose song Rich and Barry won Producers of the Year last year at the Indie Music Channel Awards.
Born and raised on a farm in South Georgia, Rich Herring was first exposed to country music exclusively. Guitar players like Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, and Glen Campbell were the first to make an impression. He started guitar lessons at age 10, but only studied formally for a few years. The rest was learned by listening. Rich played guitar and drums in various bands, bass in high school jazz ensemble, and by his early twenties he was writing and recording his own music. He became a proficient guitarist, bass player, engineer and programmer.
In 1994 Rich signed an artist writer deal with Curb Records in Nashville. Since then he has found his niche as not only a guitar and bass player in the studio, but performing live with many well known artists. Several of his songs have found their way to radio, movies and television, and he has produced records for artists on Curb, MCA, and other independent labels. He opened a studio in downtown Nashville in 2003, where he produced countless songwriter demos, custom albums and award winning jingles for radio and television.
In 2006, Rich was hired as lead guitarist for "Little River Band", and still tours with the band currently. He has coproduced the last four Little River Band albums.
Much of Rich’s “musical education” was acquired from spending time with Barry Best, soaking up knowledge on arranging, recording, singing, and producing. They played in multiple groups together including their own duo, “The Dream Team”. Recently, they teamed up again to produce Ryan Daniel’s album, “Back For More”, an appropriate title for the first effort of a new partnership between old friends.
Born in Flint, Michigan, Barry Best began his study of music with private piano lessons at age 9. After graduating high school, his band appeared on the same bill with such seminal acts as Bob Seger, Iggy Pop, The MC5, Grand Funk Railroad, and Ted Nugent. In the early 70’s Barry moved to Los Angeles, where he did session work and played regularly on the Sunset Strip. Barry made the move to Toronto, Ontario after being offered the position of keyboardist and music director with Canadian group "Edward Bear", who’s hit "The Last Song” was number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In 1993, he accepted a position with Air Force Entertainment as an arranger for their premiere entertainment troupe, Tops In Blue. In 2000 he was promoted to Music Director for Air Force Entertainment.
In addition to his work with the Air Force, Barry has produced several projects, including background vocals for Lea Michele’s performance of "America The Beautiful" for Superbowl XLV (at the time the most-watched event in television history) and musical arrangements for the Diamonds and the Glenn Miller Band. Additionally, Barry has also produced music for local and regional radio and television ads and independent album projects.
In 2017 Barry was nominated for the 2017 Indie Music Channel’s Producer of the Year award, and has won the 2018 Producer Of The Year award this year, along with Rich, for their production of Ryan Daniel's hit single "Like America" from Ryan's new album "Back For More". Besides Ryan Daniel, they continue to devote their time working with independent artists, such as singer/songwriter Kayla Outlaw and many others.