Inductees Archive

Donald W. Butler, Sr.

Don Butler, along with two others, chartered the Gospel Music Association in May of 1964. He served as a member of the board for several years and was Chairman of the Board when he came to his position with the Gospel Music Association in October, 1976, as Executive Director. He served for 15 years. Prior to this time he was president of the Sumar Talent Agency in Nashville for five years. Mr. Butler has been an integral part of the music industry for over forty (40) years, serving in many administrative capacities: For the Stamps Quartet and Blackwood Brothers in Dallas, Texas, and Memphis Tennessee. He administered the music catalogs of J.M Henson Company, Faith Music Company, Vep Ellis Music Company, and Abernathy Music Company – all owned by the Statesmen Quartet of Atlanta. He served as vice president of academics for the Stamps-Blackwood School of Music. He organized the “Sons of Song”, a popular male trio. Author, composer, performer, and popular speaker, he is also a television producer, having produced the highly syndicated Singing Time in Dixie and Glory Road series.


He also produced the prestigious GMA Dove Awards television show for several years. He was voted “Mr. Gospel Singer of America” in 1958. He serves as chairman of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Research Library & Museum, Inc. Board of Directors. He has served as a national officer and trustee of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), and presently serves on the advisory committee of the National Music Educators Association.


Induction Year



GMA Involvement

Co-founder in 1964



Atlanta, GA



University of Georgia (undergraduate), Emory University (post-graduate), Southern Methodist University (post-graduate)


Music Groups

  • The Marksmen
  • The Revelaires
  • The Ambassadors
  • The Statesmen
  • The Sons of Song




Don Butler Sr.  singing “Highway to Heaven” with the Sons of Song