2005 Inductees

Lou Wills Hildreth

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Texas-born Lou Wills Hildreth was a member of the Wills Family, known as Texas’ first family of gospel music. In her 50-year music career, she has been an artist, songwriter, publisher, journalist, television host and industry leader. Hildreth was the first woman to own a gospel music artist booking agency and was Mark Lowry’s first agent. She is a veteran of gospel television having hosted “Wills Family Inspirational Time” in the ‘60s, one of the original syndicated shows. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, she hosted a daily television show in Nashville and was a Dove Award nominee. Currently, Lou is host of “Hill Country Gospel TV,” co-host of “Inside Gospel” with J.P. Miller, and chronicles her travels with husband, Howard, in the U.S. Gospel News. A 20-year member of the GMA Board of Directors, Hildreth is also a strong supporter of the Southern Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame. The “Lou Hildreth Award” – recognizing excellence within the gospel music industry is presented during the Diamond Awards at the National Quartet Convention.

Induction Year

Memphis, TN

She was the first woman to own a talent agency, Nashville Gospel Talent

Television Programs
Wills Family Inspirational
Hill Country Gospel
Inside Gospel

An interview with Lou Wills Hildreth