THE JUDY NELON STORY
 


Judy Spencer Nelon's love of gospel music began in her daddy's church in Columbus, GA. She and her sisters (The Peck Sisters) Sharon and Linda began harmonizing in the little bathroom where the acoustics' where just right, as they got ready for church. The Blackwood Brother's on the Arthur Godfrey Talent radio show would be the place that the girls gathered to sing and learn their parts. At an "All Nite Singing" Les Beasley of the Florida Boys would draw the sisters winning ticket for their first television, where now they could see their favorite gospel groups too. Howard Goodman, a life long friend, babysat Judy while her sister Linda was being born and he would later walk her down the aisle to marry Rex Nelon.

Judy was the owner and editor of "Gospel West" music newspaper in Los Angeles, CA. In 1973 she was first elected to serve on the Gospel Music Association board. She also has been active with both the GMA Hall of Fame and the SGMA Hall of Fame. In 1998, she chaired the GMA Hall of Fame banquet where ten Gospel Groups (Andrae Crouch and the Disciples, Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Happy Goodman Family, Imperials, Jordanaires, Le Fevre's, Speer Family, J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, Hovie Lister and the Statesmen) were inducted into the hall, and considers that event one of the highlights of her career. In 2003, she was the first woman elected president of the Southern Gospel Music Guild. And today is again on the GMA board representing Southern Gospel Music. She has been a featured writer in U.S. Gospel News, Singing News and The Homecoming Magazine. Judy wrote biography's with David Liverett's drawings: "This is my Story," the Thomas Nelson Publishing book featuring 146 gospel artist stories. She enjoys speaking and sharing her story. Long time friend Lillie Knauls says: "Judy's honest and transparent delivery can make you cry and then you'll find that you are laughing. She is good!"

Judy is CEO of the Nelon Publishing Group, with "Oh, What a Savior," "Sweeter As The Days Go By," and "If We Never Meet Again," among the over 10,000 songs her late husband, Rex acquired as a result of his devotion to Southern Gospel Music. She is honored to carry the torch down the path so many others have sacrificed to light.

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