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
2005

Birthplace
Memphis, TN

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

Television Programs
Wills Family Inspirational
Hill Country Gospel
Inside Gospel

Video
An interview with Lou Wills Hildreth