Sacred Strings Records Inc. was founded in 2009 by Del Ray and Kelli Grace and later incorporated in August of 2012. The record label is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio the mecca of Sacred Steel Music & History.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a face and voice for the sacred steel community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and preserving the legacy of the many pioneers and tradition bearers of the sacred steel movement.
SSRI, is also a one of a kind, independent record label designed exclusively to record and preserve compilation albums produced from our annual sacred steel concerts.
SSRI, is the production umbrella in which all of our major events are sponsored under.
- 2009 was the beginning of the Sacred Strings Showcase Concerts, the longest running annual gathering of African American steel guitar players from this music tradition.
- 2010 we established the Sacred Steel Hall of Fame
- 2012 we launched Sacred Steel TV, consisting of two weekly cable TV programs entitled “the Best of Sacred Steel” and “the Gospel of Sacred Steel.”
- 2015 we were presented with a proclamation from the mayor of the city of Toledo, Paula Hicks - Hudson, proclaiming August as Sacred Steel Music & History month.
We exist to protect the sacred steel tradition from extinction. By reviving this music, we hope to fill the unfortunate void created when our most prominent pioneers and tradition bearers began to pass off the scene with no record or documentation of their musical contributions.
Due to the efforts of SSRI, many tradition bearers will have their rightful place in today's history and future generations will be able to appreciate the rich history of sacred steel music.
SSRI, is committed to covering the total sacred steel experience through interviews, Cd & DVD recordings, Hall of Fame inductions, TV programming, photo exhibits, and live concert performances.
It is our intention to preserve the legacy of sacred steel music and history in digital archive and publicly present the full history of sacred steel in America.
For over three decades, we have spent much time and effort acquiring the world’s largest and most advanced digital repository collection of live sacred steel recordings from the 1960’s to the present day. Our archive contains original audio and video, interviews, music files, publicity materials, photographs, film, and articles.