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The Religious Affiliation of Tony-Nominated Songwriter
Hugh Martin received two Academy Award nominations and four Tony nominations for his memorable songwriting. His best known works include the score for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis and the popular Christmas song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Martin is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Hugh Martin is a convert to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He was featured on the "Del & Friends" episode of the Voice of Prophecy's "Family Reunion Concerts".
From "Hugh Martin" article on Wikipedia.org (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Martin; viewed 23 April 2007):
Martin, a Seventh-day Adventist, spent much of the 1980s as an accompanist for gospel female vocalist Del Delker on her revival tours and in 2001 rewrote his most famous song (with the assistance of Garland biographer John Fricke) as a more specifically religious number, "Have Yourself A Blessed Little Christmas" which was recorded that year by Delker with the 86-year-old songwriter playing piano on the recording.