|Billy Ray Hearn|
|Billy Ray Hearn with Steve Taylor, |
NFL Head Coach Jeff Fisher, and U2's The Edge
|Hearn in the 1970s|
|Billy Ray Hearn accepting an award from BMI|
I don't think there's a single person who's more responsible for the existence of the form of gospel music I'm a part of. He was, to the end, a guy who loved music, loved the artists and loved the message like nobody else.
Steven Curtis Chapman
Billy Ray was a great friend and had an incredible impact on me and so many others.
Michael W. Smith
am so saddened by the death of my friend, mentor, and one of the most intuitive
and bright music men on the planet, Billy Ray Hearn. Thankfully I got to talk
to him in January about what he meant to me and how he believed in me, and all
that he had done for me. He gave me a chance as a songwriter, a producer, and
as an artist - and his word was his word, which is so uncommon in this
industry. So thankful for his life...
Saying goodbye to a key business pioneer of Christian music. Many good memories with Billy Ray and family. Prayer for them all today from Nelly and I.
[The 2nd Chapter of Acts]
In the 70s, when Billy Ray Hearn launched his visionary label, Sparrow Records, he opened the door for me and every other Christian artist to record contemporary faith music. Even though I spent the first 30 years of my career signed to his biggest competitor, since 2008 it has been my great honor to record for Sparrow Records. Over the 35+ years I have known Billy Ray he has taught me many things. Giving back was the foundation of his very large and beautiful life. What I remember most about a person is the way I feel in their presence. Billy Ray always made me feel like the belle of the ball. I miss him already...
|The Hearn family in the 1960s|
|Billy Ray Hearn. 1930-2015.|