There is a Peyton Manning commercial that runs locally in the Knoxville area. His tag line of the commercial is, â€œIâ€™ll take experience over youth every timeâ€. There is something to be said about the wealth of experience and the wisdom that comes from it. Wisdom is something you canâ€™t have until you go through experiences to learn from. Wow! That was wordy!
It wasnâ€™t until a few years ago that I understood the importance of experience in my vocation. I mean, what experience is needed to sing a song? Right? That was the question during my â€œyouthfulâ€ years.
During my Singing American years, I traveled with Ed Hill. Ed was a much traveled man. He started with the Prophets way back in the 60â€™s. Later Ed found himself singing with JD Sumner and the Stamps, who were then singing with Elvis Presley! It was there that he announced nightly, â€œLadies and Gentlemen, Elvis has left the building!â€ When I joined the Americans, Ed was the baritone and road manager. I canâ€™t tell you the wealth of knowledge I gained from this man. Funny thingâ€¦.THAT knowledge wasnâ€™t apparent until later in my career.
I appreciate Edâ€™s quiet leadership. He was never overbearing and never micro managed. He allowed you the freedom to do your job. Ed Hill led by example!
It was a thrill for me, 2 years ago, to watch as Ed was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. This one was well deserved! I was proud to have learned from Edwin Lee Hill!
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