Klaudt to be inducted in Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Melvin Klaudt, who was born in Elbowoods on the Fort Berthold Reservation, is set to make history by being inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame.

The induction ceremony will be held during the National Quartet Convention in Sevierville, Tenn., on Sept. 29. Established in 1997, it selects members on an annual basis who are awarded a plaque and their portrait is hung in the Hall as well.

Located inside Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the association strives to keep the memory and achievements of pioneers in Southern gospel music alive for future generations.

Affectionately known as Chief Klaudt, Klaudt currently lives in the Atlanta, Ga., area.

He realized his passion for singing at the young age of 11 with the Klaudt Indian Family and the rest is history. For close to 70 years he has been supporting Southern gospel music, with no plans of slowing down.

When asked about his achievement, Klaudt had this to share, “It was an honor to be chosen for this prestigious award. I was always passionate about Southern music and I am fortunate enough for my passion to be recognized. I thank the people at the SGMA for selecting me for the award.”

Klaudt’s achievements do not stop there. He is currently the CEO of the Public Charity, the Klaudt Indian Memorial Foundation, a scholarship program that aids students who want to pursue a career in music. Additionally, he is the producer and host of a weekly television program that has a viewership spanning 169 countries around the world.

Now 87, he spends his spare time raising money for other ministries and providing his services for weddings, funerals and public speaking events across the region.


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