The history of Gospel Music Arts follows a somewhat lengthy and winding path, at times taking unexpected turns, but always within the guiding hand of the Lord. Founder Diane McKoy, as a Christian singer and washboardist, was impassioned to seek out an ally to help her form an organization that would use Gospel music to help transform communities by changing attitudes. After nurturing this idea for twenty years in her New York City home, even setting up her campaign table in NYCs Theater District at times, she found herself on a path of divine intervention that, years later, led her straight to the Appalachian Mountains. As Diane sought new material to record, she contacted a friend in Colorado, a Bluegrass Gospel Festival producer, promoter and performer Suzie Solomon; who introduced Diane to her songwriter friend, Mildred Statzer. Diane and Mildred were instant friends. Both were passionate about the message and artistry of Grassroots Gospel music and set about to bring this genre to the forefront through Gospel Music Arts, later singing and recording together as the duo simply known as Diane and Mildred.
Diane McKoy has been in bluegrass and country music more than three decades. Her history with Gospel Music goes back to her childhood. Diane also grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age. From an early age Diane was passionate about music and television, enjoying such programs as...Read More
Mildred Statzer is one of the all-time favorite Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, and Olde Tyme Gospel recording artists in the country. Mildred was born in the Appalachians, came out of a Christian family and as a child accepted Jesus as her Savior. She too has been a part of several reputable Gospel music groups, including ...Read More
Together, these two ladies formed Gospel Music Arts. According to Diane, through this organization they hope to bring syndicated, positive, one-of-a-kind programming to a deprived world lacking in these cultural and spiritual benefits. The main accomplishment of this group is a telecast, Diane and Mildred’s Gospel Music ...Read More
“Gospel Music Arts exists to help preserve Grassroots Gospel music, with its hearty sound and acoustical musical instruments, and to provide a platform for like-minded musicians who are passionate for this style of music and its power to inspire, encourage, and transform lives.”