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Jim Halsey has worked in the music industry for more than 50 years and discovered or guided the careers of The Judds, Reba McEntire, Clint Black, James Brown, Roy Orbison, and many more. He now shares his experiences helping aspiring artists learn how to make it in the Music Business through The Halsey Institute, speaking engagements and consulting services. Jim also continues his 36-year management relationship with the Oak Ridge Boys.
One of the longest-running groups in music, the Oak Ridge Boys started as a gospel quartet and
moved into secular country-pop -- but their sound always remained deeply rooted in country/gospel harmony. Their existence dates back to World War II when a Knoxville, TN, group began performing gospel songs in nearby Oak Ridge, home of an atomic bomb research facility.
Philadelphia native Joe Bonsall joined in 1973 and they recorded "Praise the Lord and Pass the
Soup" with Johnny Cash & the Carter Family, which brought them their first appearance on the
country charts. They scored a Top 5 hit in 1977 with "Y'all Come Back Saloon," hit No.1 again in 1980 with "Trying to Love Two Women" and the following year "Elvira," became a major Grammy-winning crossover smash, hitting No.1 on the country charts and Top 5 on the pop charts. With their latest album, the Oaks prove that they're not only enduring, they're evolving. The Boys Are Back is a roots-music revelation wherein they explore blues, country, Gospel and rock.
Joe Bonsall became a published children’s book author with The Molly Books, published G. I. Joe and Lillie, an inspirational biography about his parents, in 2003, and the title song was included in the Oaks' "Colors" album. Joe subsequently wrote the title song to The Journey album and text for the Oaks’ book, An American Journey and also wrote a Christmas family book, An Inconvenient Christmas.
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