Platinum-selling contemporary Christian vocal group Point of Grace on July 28 was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, joining a distinguished list of world-class artists. The group was inducted alongside fellow Christian artists, Grammy-winning gospel vocalist and pianist Smokie Norful, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Dennis Jernigan, at a ceremony taking place at the Muskogee Civic Center in Muskogee, Okla., only blocks from where the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is located.
Marking the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame's first-ever genre-specific induction, the 2018 ceremony honored the Sooner State natives, whose lifetime achievements continue to impact the world of Christian music. Point of Grace, Jernigan, and Norful each performed at the event, which was part of the Hall of Fame's two-day Gospel Fest summer concert series.
"Oklahoma is my home-it's part of my DNA-so to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is beyond anything I would have dared to dream when we recorded our first project over 26 years ago in Oklahoma City," said Point of Grace founding member Denise Jones, who originally hails from Norman, Okla. "I'm so grateful to the Oklahoma community that has supported us all these years, and having so many of my family members on hand to celebrate this honor with us made it even more special."
Since its foundation in 1997, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has honored such internationally renowned Oklahomans as Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard, Gene Autry, Sandi Patty, and Kristin Chenoweth, among many others.
Point of Grace has been a mainstay in contemporary Christian music for over two decades, having sold their music in excess of eight million units, garnering two Platinum records, three Grammy nominations, 27 No. 1 singles, and numerous Dove Awards.