J. D. Sumner Living Legend Award
From the famous TV series Hee Haw
Music Charts Magazine®
LuLu Roman has enjoyed many successes in her life, but also more than her share of disappointments and hardships. Famous for her side-splitting humor and jovial disposition, a lesser-known story lies behind those clear, radiant eyes, which have often been filled with tears of both pain and joy.
People know LuLu as the most requested female cast member of the long running hit television series, “Hee Haw”. Many know her as the accomplished and celebrated songwriter; and as the singer who has been successfully making records for over 25 years.
Few know that Lulu was born with a thyroid dysfunction in a home for unwed mothers and was soon placed in an orphanage. It was there that her weight problem furthered her pain, preventing her adoption and making her the center of teasing by the other children. It was also during this time that LuLu learned to use her sense of humor as a defense.
That sense of humor later evolved into a highly successful career as an actress and comedienne with a lead role on “Hee Haw.” Success and wealth, however proved poisonous to the actress who began her career in her early twenties. Drug addiction led LuLu on a downward spiral that nearly destroyed her life and her career in 1971.
LuLu’s search for happiness and acceptance, which had almost led her to her personal destruction, instead led her to God. It was her new found faith in God that led her to begin using a talent that had been laying dormant for many years: her voice.
In 1999, LuLu was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In 2002 Lulu’s 16th album, a collection of hits and favorites called “Lulu, Inspired” was nominated for a Dove award. In 2006, LuLu recorded the song “Orphan Girl” which is the title song of an “Americana” type recording project which features Gospel, Country and Rhythm & Blues. This almost biographical song has become her signature song and is enjoyed in concerts all over the United States. Her latest gospel project “Seven Times” has garnered an international hit song, “Do You Know How To Fly”, and is still being shared across the globe. It also features one of the last songs her precious friend Dottie Rambo wrote for her, “Move Upon Us”.
LuLu has just completed a new project entitled “At Last”. The album features 12 of her favorite standards and classics, such as “I Will Always Love You”, “Summertime”, “You Don’t Know Me”, “Til I Can Make It On My Own” and the title song, “At Last”. LuLu’s dear friends Dolly Parton, T. Graham Brown, Linda Davis and Georgette Jones also joined her on the album.
In addition to “Hee Haw”, LuLu has also been a guest star on such television programs as “The Love Boat” and “Touched By An Angel”. She is also an accomplished author. Her most recent work is a cookbook “Kitchen Komforts”.
Although she has been performing for over 40 years, she has no plans to rest or retire. LuLu continues to travel sharing her testimony, her humor and her music.
1968 – 1995
Regular cast member of the syndicated television show “Hee Haw”.
Guest performer at the inauguration celebration of President Ronald Reagan.
Gospel Music Association Dove Award winner for the project “You Were Loving Me”.
1992 – 1995
Performed on “Hee Haw Live!” at the Roy Acuff Theater in Nashville, TN.
Inducted into the Country Music Gospel Hall Of Fame.
Cast member of the Gaither Homecoming Video Series.
Guest appearance on the “Touched By An Angel” season finale episode.
Gospel Music Association Dove Award nominee for “Country Gospel Album Of The Year”.
Southern Gospel Music Fan Fair nominee for “Naomi Sego Living Legend Award”.
Diamond Award Winner “J. D. Sumner Living Legend Award”.
Received “Doctorate Of Sacred Music” from North Carolina College Of Theology.
Inducted into Christian Music Hall Of Fame.
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