Billy Dean To Be Inducted Into Florida Artists Hall Of Fame

Billy Dean To Be Inducted Into Florida Artists Hall Of Fame

Photo Courtesy Billy Dean’s Facebook

Country music hitmaker Billy Dean will be inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame on Thursday, February 23. Dean, a Florida native, will enter this year’s class along with former Eagles member Don Felder, comedy songwriter and performer Jim Stafford, and poet-anthologist Lee Bennett Hopkins.


Billy Dean To Be Inducted Into Florida Artists Hall Of Fame

“I have a deep and eternal love for my home state of Florida and all her beauty and majesty,” says Dean. “I’m proud of my southern roots. Floridians are as diverse as the nature that surrounds her, and what an honor it will be to hang in the halls of her great capitol, next to some of my heros like Tom Petty and Don Felder, only a few short blocks from where my mom lives today. Thanks to all my friends for this great honor.”

Billy Dean To Be Inducted Into Florida Artists Hall Of Fame

Photo Courtesy Billy Dean’s Facebook

Established by the Florida Legislature in 1986, the Florida Artists Hall of Fame recognizes persons, living or deceased, who have made significant contributions to the arts in Florida either as performing or practicing artists in individual disciplines. The Florida Artists Hall of Fame Wall is located on the Plaza Level in the rotunda of the Capitol building in Tallahassee. Inductees receive a commemorative bronze sculpture commissioned by the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The induction ceremony takes place at the Thomas Center for the Arts in Gainesville, FL. The event starts at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

About Billy Dean

In his music career spanning more than 25 years, Dean has claimed eleven top ten Billboard country singles, including five #1 hits: “I Miss Billy The Kid,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “You Don’t Count The Cost” and “It’s What I Do.” Dean recorded eight major label studio albums, three of which have been certified gold by the RIAA, as well as a greatest hits album which is also certified gold. Earlier in his career, the Academy of Country Music named Dean Top New Male Vocalist and also awarded him Song of the Year for “Somewhere In My Broken Heart.” In 2000, Dean sang harmony vocals alongside Alison Krauss on Kenny Rogers’ rendition of “Buy Me A Rose,” which earned a GRAMMY┬«. In addition to his successful recording career, Dean has also acted in several movies and appeared in numerous television shows.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her daughter, Amber, and her furbabies.

Comments

  1. I am not familiar with country music, but good for him. He must be a big star :)

  2. So cool that he’ll be joining a former Eagles member! They remind me of my childhood.

  3. I think this is amazing! It’s always nice when people get recognized for their work and dedication to their craft. Congratulations to him!

  4. That is fantastic. I’m so glad he is being acknowledged.

  5. How cool that he is being inducted. I actually did not know that there was a Florida artists hall of fame.

  6. This is so super cool! I love him! Somewhere in my Broken Heart is one of my favorite songs!
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  7. That sounds amazing! I think he really deserves that!
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  8. This looks like it would be a lot of fun to attend.
    The venue looks solid.

  9. Our Family World says:

    my hubby will love this post! glad to know he is acknowledge!

  10. How cool! This would be fun to attend. I had n idea Florida had an artists hall of fame that is pretty neat!

  11. He definitely deserves it! I have many memories with him and his music connected to them.

  12. This is such great news. Every artist dreams of being included in the Hall of Fame. I am happy that Billy Dean’s musical talent got the recognition it deserves.
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  13. That is so cool! Congrats to him! Nothing like being inducted into the Hall Of Fame!

  14. Juanita Barberi says:

    Good for you Billy! Proud of you!

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