MUSKOGEE — The I'll Fly Away Foundation will celebrate 80 years of the world's most celebrated gospel song of all time, “I'll Fly Away,” with the annual “Shindig” featuring multiplatinum and Grammy-winning recording artist The Oak Ridge Boys along with Daily & Vincent and the Blackwood Brothers Quartet.
The music event is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the John Q. Hammons Center, 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers, Ark.
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has announced its support of the event in honor of Albert Brumley, a fellow Hall of Fame Oklahoma native and writer-performer of the famous song. Brumley's music is part of the fabric of Oklahoma and is often used in other Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame ceremonies.
Fellow Hall of Fame member Jim Halsey, manager of the Oak Ridge Boys, chose to have the award-winning band sing the famous song at his own induction into the Hall of Fame.
Brumley was originally from Spiro, OK, where he coined the title of the song and the lyrics while working in the cotton fields 80 years ago. The song was published in 1932. “I'll Fly Away” has become the most famous gospel song of all time and now serves as the mantra for the I'll Fly Away Foundation.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.illflyawayfoundation.org or by calling (888) 462-6718.
“The Shindig” is one of the foundation's most important fundraising events of the year, raising proceeds to support music scholarships.
The foundation hopes to raise enough funds to provide 25 students scholarships in 2013.
The I'll Fly Away Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to music education and preserving the legacy of the song “I'll Fly Away.”