Dale Ann Bradley was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on Friday, May 11, at ceremonies held at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame honors entertainers and music professionals who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry.
Bradley, who hails from Pineville, Kentucky, worked as a solo artist on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance for several years before joining the New Cook Creek Girls in 1991. In 1997 she left the group for a solo career. She has been named Female Vocalist of the Year with the International Bluegrass Music Association five times, and is a two-time recipient of the Traditional Female Vocalist honor from the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music. Her album, “Pocket Full of Keys,” was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2016.
Bradley stands with a prestigious class of inductees for 2018, which includes country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Christian performer Jason Crabb, singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon, country singer-musician Bobby Lewis and the late Grand Ole Opry member and Hee Haw star David “Stringbean” Akeman.
Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include the Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, The Backstreet Boys, Rosemary Clooney, the Judds, Patty Loveless and the Osborne Brothers.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum also houses artifacts and memorabilia that highlights the careers of more than 50 Hall of Fame inductees, honoring the musical history of Kentucky. The Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 2002, and is a must-see place to visit for those who love music.