Gordon Mote | RSI News

November 29, 2012

Academy of Country Music Award Winner Favored By Multiple Music Genres In Rare Crossover Success Multi-talented New Haven Records and RSI Music Group recording artist Gordon Mote recently was invited to perform at the artist induction ceremonies of both the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, underscoring the Academy of Country Music award winner's rare position as a top crossover performer whose talent is winning acclaim across multiple genres of music. "It is a rare talent that finds favor in both the Gospel and Country music worlds. We are honored that Gordon Mote calls New Haven Records 'home,' and we are thrilled about the ever-broadening attention that Gordon's music and ministry is receiving," says Ken Harding, president of New Haven Records. The Academy of Country Music award winner recently performed when Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, Dallas Holm, The Hoppers, Love Song and Rex Humbard were inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony recorded for broadcast at TBN's Trinity Music City auditorium. Mote performed Holm's gold-selling hit, "Rise Again," which is featured on Mote's recent CD, Songs I Grew Up Singing, an inspiring musical diary of landmark songs that not only shaped his music and ministry but also inspired a generation of Gospel music lovers. Near the end of Mote's performance, Holm joined Mote onstage for the final verse and chorus, resulting in a rousing standing ovation. Mote also performed during ceremonies at the Country Music Hall of Fame, when country superstar Garth Brooks, songstress Connie Smith, and blind session keyboardist Hargus "Pig" Robbins were inducted. In a packed-to-capacity ceremony at Nashville's famed Ford Theater, Mote, sightless since birth, emulated Robbins' trademark keyboard licks while accompanying Crystal Gayle as she performed "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." The ceremonies included a star-studded audience, with James Taylor, Bob Seger and George Strait among the attendees. "Being asked to perform at both induction ceremonies was a real honor for me," Mote says. "The Country Music Hall of Fame event was especially amazing, because we were honoring my mentor, Pig Robbins." "Pig is the person most responsible for my career as as session player," continues Mote. "Back in 2001, Pig asked me to fill in for him when he got sick at the last minute. When I showed up, the session was for Alan Jackson's Drive album, which eventually garnered five No. 1 Country hits! I will never forget cutting 'Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)' right after 9/11. What an amazing experience for this young keyboard player! I'm sure that Pig's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame was a highlight of his career, but simply getting to participate in it was a highlight of mine." For the past six years, Mote has lent his considerable vocal and keyboard skills to the Gaither Homecoming concert stage, winning the admiration of hundreds of thousands of loyal Gospel music fans. Mote can also be heard on recordings from Country music's biggest names including Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts, Lionel Richie and Alison Krauss. An outstanding instrumentalist, Mote was recently voted "Top Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year" at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards as well as Music Row Magazine's 2012 Top Studio Instrumentalist. Mote's latest New Haven release, The Star Still Shines, combines Southern Gospel, Inspirational, and Country music-flavored renditions of new and traditional Christmas songs and carols. Mote is set to re-enter the studio to begin work on a new CD, tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2013.

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