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Doug Oldham

For nearly 50 years, inspirational artist Doug Oldham has blessed the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people, both in his concerts and through television. He has ministered in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and throughout the world. Oldham first began singing in the early 1960s at tent revival meetings where his father was the evangelist. He soon met a high school teacher who was also a novice songwriter and pianist named Bill Gaither. They began traveling together on the weekends with Oldham singing the new songs written by Gaither. Among the thousands of songs that Oldham has sung, he was the very first person to sing and record Gaither’s infamous “He Touched Me,” a song which was recorded famously by fellow GMA Gospel Music Hall of Famer Elvis Presley. The Dove Award-winning artist has recorded more than 65 albums and performed for national and international dignitaries including former presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, as well as Prince Phillip and the Queen of England. Oldham has written two books, one with his wife of 54 years, Laura Lee. They have three daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Oldham and his family live in Lynchburg, Va.

 

Induction Year

2006

 

Colleagues and Contemporaries

Bill Giather

Dr. Jerry Fallwell

Cliff Barrows

 

Residence

Lynchburg, VA

 

Significant Songs

“He Touched Me”

 

Video

Doug Oldham singing a medley of Gospel favorites