Rising up from the Ashes:

The South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame
In the blink of an eye, priceless South Carolina history went up in flames. This guitar. That jacket. These letters.

When the South Carolina
Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame burned to the ground in 2012, the state lost an important treasure too soon. Now, an effort is underway to bring the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame back, bigger and better.

The Hidden Side of Fame
The Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization was developed to honor natives and people with strong connections to Carolina who have achieved national success. However, fame is just the bar for entry. Founder Dr. David Godbold had a vision of honoring those who’ve used their success to improve the South Carolina communities they are connected to, or even the entire state. Oftentimes their off-stage giving goes unnoticed.

So much of what we learn about South Carolina’s most prominent entertainers is fueled by sensationalism and money. Most of the public does not hear the story of the musician who goes back to his hometown with a donation of thousands of pairs of socks for people in need. The resources, visibility and our entertainers have brought back to their communities often does not get the recognition it deserves.

The path to success is also an important theme among inductees. “You don’t hear about the time people have spent sleeping in their cars and doing $100 shows just trying to make a living and a name for themselves,” Godbold has noted. Before fame was ever on the horizon, many of our inductees have overcame significant life challenges even beyond the tough road of building their careers.

Hall of Fame Ambition

Just like the people it recognizes, the plan for the SC Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame was bold from the beginning. That vision is expanding under the New Executive Director Justin Ray Williams.

Plans for its new iteration are even more ambitious. They include a public presence that will match the lofty aspirations of its founders and its honorees, from a state-of-the-art exhibition space to a rousing annual induction ceremony, monthly events, weekly radio program, Roku/Fire Tv channels, Hall of Fame entertainment conferences and holding educational workshops on South Carolina’s deep entertainment history along the way.

South Carolina was the first state selected to have an Entertainment and Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony on National TV. CBS/TNN along with Producer Jim Owens, a major entertainment executive, helped Godbold pull off the biggest show in Hall of Fame history. Proceeding this was the induction of the super group, Marshall Tucker Band. This event turned into a Southern Rock reunion that was hosted by Charlie Daniels.

“As we’re saying to everyone who will listen, our goal is to keep the South Carolina entertainment and music legends in the minds and hearts of all who visit the Hall of Fame, as well as propel up and coming artists toward Hall of Fame status by having regular events and concerts.”

The new venue is set to be located in the Downtown Greenville area, a business center that in recent years has been growing in notoriety as an arts and entertainment destination. The city’s bustling downtown – itself a source of national notoriety for the state – was the obvious choice for Williams and the board. Artifacts that escaped the fire only because they were still in storage will be put on the display, and the Hall of Fame is renewing the effort to grow the collection.

Ongoing events that work for artists have been a longstanding vision for Williams, who has worked in entertainment for more than two decades. BMI award-winning singer and songwriter Zack Turner is also at helm keeping entertainers’ needs central to the organization.

With a growing team of active supporters, the future of a Hall of Fame lies in the hands of the community. The South Carolina Hall of Fame has reflected the creativity, determination and enthusiasm that comes from South Carolina people. With ongoing support, it will enter the next phase as a rallying point for many of the state’s biggest champions, famous or otherwise.

Jennifer Oladipo
Media Partner for The SC Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame



We have partnered with  "37 Ghosts" a film by Other Vision Studios for the Release. Carolinafame.org
Greenville, SC - June 7, 2019
Award winning film by Other Vision Studios, “37 Ghosts” is now available, streaming online after nearly two years in post production.
  On a sweltering night in late September 2017 a group of more than 50 people quietly gathered in a goat pasture to create a remarkably ambitious film.
The cast, covered in wounds and bruises (thanks to the talented makeup and props department), the crew, exhausted and half way through a grueling schedule, all stood, waiting patiently while the DP, Director and Drone operator discussed the final details of an elaborate closing shot to the film.
This was not the final moment of production, it wasn’t even the final shot of the day, but it would be the last image of the film more than 50 people had volunteered their time, talents,  and resources to see completed.
In the upstate of Greenville, South Carolina, there is a growing film community of professionals determined to do whatever it takes to make their art. They are talented, they are hungry, and they are underfunded. The Studio behind 37 Ghosts is no different. “We were determined to make something that would stand out and demand attention. This was our biggest and best shot, and we didn’t miss,” said Collins Abbott White, Director of 37 Ghosts and owner of Greenville based film company, Other Vision Studios.
The film, which can be ordered at 37Ghosts.othervisionstudios.com, is now available worldwide after nearly 2 years of post production. “We had a $500 budget for production, no money for post production, and a cast of 37 different characters that needed heavy special effects work,” said White “it took a lot of time and a lot of volunteered hours to finish this film, but the result was worth the wait.”
The film has already made the rounds at several festivals and received high accolades, including The Palmetto Prize for best film in South Carolina from the Reedy Reels Film Festival where it premiered. “We wanted to give our cast and crew from the upstate a chance to see the film before anyone else. Reedy Reels is a great festival to premiere a film at.”
When asked about what was next for Other Vision Studios, White said, “we’re not done with 37 Ghosts, our audience fell in love with the characters and kept asking us for more, so we’re currently writing a feature. In the meantime we’re finishing post production on another great short film, ‘Two Peas In A Pod.’ We’re also in production for a documentary, ‘LABS for Dyslexia’ that takes a hard look at the state of educating students with dyslexia. Long term we’ve got a number of feature films we’re currently trying to fund, including a hard hitting film that examines the horrors a child goes through when she’s sexually abused by a family member, and the far reaching impact that abuse has on a small community entitled ‘The Door Creaks’. We’re always looking for the next story and always seeking ways to bring new stories to film with great financial and production partners.”
For more information about 37 Ghosts, Other Vision Studios, or any of their upcoming projects, visit www.othervisionstudios.com.
About Other Vision Studio
Based out of Greenville, SC, Other Vision is an award winning film production company that exists to bring incredible stories to the big screen. Since 2011 we’ve specialized in crafting uniquely southern stories with numerous short films. We’ve also worked to develop scripts for several films and are currently looking for investment partners for our first feature film, “The Door Creaks” as well as our first feature documentary “LABS for Dyslexia.” Text LABS to 48 48 48 to Donate to LABS for Dyslexia.
Collins Abbott White
Other Vision Studios
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Watermelon Crawl Festival coming to Pickens county

Pickens country news
By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

PICKENS — The Hagood Mill Historic Site is the new home of the Watermelon Crawl Festival.

The festival, now in its second year, will be moving to the mill from Belton, officials announced over the weekend.

The July 27 festival is a partnership between the mill and the S.C. Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame.

The festival is set to begin at 3 p.m. and will feature “music all day,” according to hall of fame executive director Justin Ray Williams.

“We’re very happy to be at this wonderful facility,” Williams said. “We have blues, a little bit of rock, a little bit of country.”
Blues musicians The Carolina Beggars and Nashville singer-songwriter Kyle Mercer are set to perform at the festival. The headliner is Zack Turner, who, along with Buddy Brock, wrote
the 1994 Tracy Byrd hit the festival is named after.

The festival will have food and craft vendors, a watermelon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest, a watermelon crawl and watermelon carving.

At the end of the festival, Williams said “all of the musicians go back up on stage and we do the actual Watermelon Crawl dance, which is exciting.

“Tons of people come out, they dress in watermelon hats and shirts and those folks are the ones that lead the Watermelon Crawl,” he said.
Williams said the hall of fame events are paired with fundraising for a charity or a nonprofit.

“We’re raising money for Veterans Scholarships Forever,” he said.
Ron Demonet is the founder and managing director of the organization, which aims to establish endowed scholarships at accredited colleges focusing on vocational and skilled trades training in order to help veterans and their spouses acquire new skills sets.

“We’re helping veterans and their families get technical training, get QuickJobs (training), so they can transition back to civilian life quickly,” he said.

Pickens County tourism events coordinator Roy Costner IV said the county is partnering with the hall of fame for several events across the county this year.
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New album will bring heroes together to showcase their musical talents

A new album project, featuring a major name in country music, will both highlight and raise funds for veterans wounded in combat.

“Warriors: The Album,” to be released on Pearl Street Records, is being developed as a joint project of the Wounded Warrior Program and the South Carolina Entertainment & Music Hall of Fame to provide veterans a chance to showcase their musical talent.

Award-winning Legendary Country singer/songwriter Zack Turner (ZackTurner.com) is working with producers to help craft the warriors’ words into songs.

The project is in the fundraising stage, and organizers are asking for the public’s help in supporting the album by ordering “Warriors: The Album” t-shirts, dog-tags and more. Proceeds will go to the project and the Wounded Warrior Program.
Producers are also looking for upstate South Carolina veterans who are alumni of the Wounded Warriors Program to tell their stories for a “Behind the Making of ‘Warriors: The Album’” documentary about how the program has helped them.

Veterans interested in participating in the album or the documentary can go to warriorsthealbum.com for more information and contact producers.

The Wounded Warrior Program's primary goal is to provide meaningful employment to our nation’s wounded warriors. The Wounded Warrior Program’s online shop offers a wide range of office supplies available to both government and private businesses and corporations.

Editors: For more information, contact Justin Ray Williams at Justinw@carolinafame.org or 864-345-3017
Project website: https://www.warriorsthealbum.com