SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Music Incorporated, Hall of Fame Recording Studios, Tennessee Music Publishing
A native of Helena, Arkansas, Sherytha Payne Scaife, married Cecil Scaife when she was 17 years old.
When Cecil took a position with Sam Phillips' Sun Records, Sherytha entertained artists on the label such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, and others. After a brief stint in Florida, the Scaifes moved to Nashville. While Cecil worked at CBS Records and co-founded the Gospel Music Association, Sherytha stayed home and reared the couple's four children. But when the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in 1967, Sherytha was named its first museum manager. Her roles in this position covered everything from overseeing the facility to managing staff and purchasing unique items for the museum gift shop.
In 1972, the couple founded Tennessee Music Publishing where Sherytha served as Vice President of Operations and in 1974, they founded Music Incorporated, which remained one of the strongest and longest running independent record labels on Music Row until it was sold in 2005. At that time, Music Incorporated was the #1 producer of new budget Christmas music in America and boasted a catalog of over 1000 original Southern Gospel recordings by such greats as The Oak Ridge
Quartet, The Jordanaires and JD Sumner & The Stamps. Not only did the duo manage a record label, they founded The Hall of Fame Studios in 1979. After her husband's death in 2010, Sherytha became President of Tennessee Music Publishing.
Sherytha is a member of CMA, Downtown First Baptist Church, serves on the Cumberland Heights Board, Belmont Mansion Association's Board, is a lifetime member of Belmont Auxiliary and was a recipient of the Belmont Mansion Association's prestigious Helen Kennedy Award.
Sherytha has 4 children, LaQuita, LaRawn, Joe and LaQuela, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.