37th Annual Stellar Awards: Legendary Producer Aaron Lindsey Receives “Aretha Franklin Icon” Award | New
The 37th edition Stellar Rewards legendary music producer honored Aaron Lindsey with the “Aretha Franklin Icon” award presented by Aflac. This prestigious honor is given to individuals in the music industry for their outstanding contributions to gospel music.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jonathan McReynolds introduced Lindsey as this year’s winner of the award before sharing kind words about the musician who he described as “a key contributor to the greatest tunes of the past twenty years”.
“This versatile writing and producing genius is known as Gospel’s secret weapon. In fact, you can say that if Aaron weren’t among the best and brightest in the gospel, never would have done it, they never would have done“, McReynold shared, putting his own twist on At Marvin Sapp’s 2007 smash single “Never Would’ve Made It” produced by the winner.
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Later singers Brian Courteny Wilson, Koryn Aubtroneand SAP took to the stage with an unforgettable performance of their popular Lindsey-produced tracks, including “Worth Fighting For”, “Speak The Name” and “Never Would Have Made It”, respectively.
After the musical tribute, Lindsey humbly accepted her award. In his speech, the 50-year-old shared, “I could probably find a way to create a narrative that suggests that somehow I had the ability to create this and do it myself, but I’m way too smart for that. for I know that if it had not been for the lord who was on my side. He added, “And I also realize that it’s not by force or by power, but by the spirit of God that we make this music that we make.”
Lindsey has been in the industry for over two decades, but he’s been surrounded by music his whole life as the son of a music minister and choir director. He has worked with many big names in gospel and mainstream music, including Smoked Norful, Tasha Cobb, Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary and so many others. He has also produced and written for renowned R&B artists such as India Arie, Kenny Lattimore, Chrisette Michel, and many more.
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards celebrated Gospel music with a weekend of uplifting events, culminating in the ceremony recorded live on Saturday, July 16 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The show was hosted by award-winning singers, jekalyn carr and Kierra Sheardand premiered Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET, BET Her, and BET International.