Inductees Archive

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Kurt Kaiser

Kurt Kaiser joined Word, Inc. in 1959 as director of A&R and later became vice president and director of Word Music. Kurt has arranged and produced albums for Kathleen Battle, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Larnelle Harris, Burl Ives, George Beverly Shea, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ethel Waters and many more. In 1992, Kaiser was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP. An acclaimed pianist, Kaiser had appeared in concert with George Beverly Shea for more that 20 years and has recorded 16 instrumental albums, including the Dove Award-winning Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs. He has more that 200 copyrighted songs to his credit, including the early Jesus Music Anthem, “Pass It On.”

 

Induction Year

2001

 

Music Company

Word Inc.

 

Roles

  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Pianist

 

Significant Songs

“Pass It On”

 

Colleagues and Contemporaries

  • Kathleen Battle
  • Larnelle Harris
  • Burl Ives
  • George Beverly Shea
  • Ethel Waters

 

Video

A recording of “Pass It On,” which Kurt Kaiser co-wrote with Ralph Carmichael