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Country Gospel Music Association holds annual Christmas Banquet

Written by Staff on January 4, 2016 – 3:38 pm -

Cathy J Reynolds at the Country Gospel Music Association banquet

Cathy J Reynolds at the Country Gospel Music Association banquet

The Branson Chapter of the Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) held their annual Christmas Banquet at the Stone Castle Hotel and Conference

Country Gospel Music Association banquet Christmas

CGMA Christmas

Center in Branson, Missouri on December 5th. The event was hosted by President and Founder, Billy Hale and his wife, Donna.

The festivities began with a delicious meal followed by a time of prayer and an encouraging word from The Word by Billy Hale. Special musical guest, Cathy J. Reynolds from Illinois, stirred up our

McKay Project at the Country Gospel Music Association banquet

McKay Project

Christmas spirits with her joyful music and theatrical narration about Jesus’ birthday.

The program also featured performances by various CGMA artists from across the region as they shared wonderful Christmas music and testimonies about this special season of celebration.

Billy and Donna Hale at the Branson Country Gospel Music Association Christmas Banquet

Billy and Donna Hale at the Branson CGMA Christmas Banquet

For more information about the CGMA or to locate a chapter near you, look them up on Facebook at Country Gospel Music Association (https://www.facebook.com/countrygospelmusicassociation) or contact Billy and Donna Hale at (417) 336-1919.

Country Gospel Music Association
COUNTRY GOSPEL MINISTRIES, INC.
President and Founder Billy Hale and his wife, Donna

Billy and Donna Hale

 According to their website: “Country Gospel Ministries  Inc. ( CGM ) is a 501(c)3 organization intending to act as a Spiritual partner to those ministering with Country Gospel music. Ours is a Divine call, not a chosen venture. We have no personal ambition or financial pursuit. All that we attempt is for the artists well-being and His glory. We are funded by those who believe in our calling and wish to further the ministry aspect of this genre. There is no charge for our service or financial demand upon anyone we serve.Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) is the vehicle for our fellowship and functions. It was designed to act as a home base for those in Country Gospel Ministry, bring them together so they can minister to one another, and represent them in the marketplace.”

Thanks to Cathy J. Reynolds and Billy Hale for pictures.

By Leslie McKay

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AWARD-WINNING ARTIST, DAVID EAST RELEASES “GRACE IS GREATER” TO NATIONAL RADIO THIS WEEK

Written by SGN Scoops on January 14, 2013 – 3:32 pm -

Newburgh, IN (January 10, 2013) —  CGMA award-winning artist, David East  is pleased to announce his second national radio release, david east“Grace is Greater.” The song shipped to radio on the Patterson Promotions Volume 10 compilation.
“I am so excited that Grace is Greater is my second radio release,” said David. “Time after time, folks have shared with me how this song touched them and ministered to them in times of trouble. I encourage everyone to call their local station and request Grace is Greater.”
Ken Patterson of Patterson Promotions said, “Patterson Promotions is proud to represent David East with his national promotions to radio. David is a very talented and gifted musician, singer and songwriter; we have been with David in concert, and his call is evident as he ministers to the audience . We recommend David as a must for your next event or church function if you want ministry.”
Phil Culbertson, Pastor of Christ Corner Church in Henderson, KY shares, “David East has a tremendous heart and passion for music, and his passion for that music returns for the Glory of God. As a musician, he has an ear to hear what the average ear does not even notice. With all the gifts God has blessed him with, songwriting has become one of his greatest tools to share not only his story, but the story of the blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way many can relate. His latest song, “Grace is Greater” is probably one of my favorite songs that he has written. As his pen was placed on the paper, I do not believe that even he knew he would paint the picture with words that this song paints. It reminds us that tests, trials, mistakes, and broken dreams are all erased with the stroke of God’s paintbrush called Grace. I know that you will be blessed by it as well as encouraged to continue on in the Grace wherein God has set you free.”
Jerry Adams, Church of God District Overseer and Pastor of the Shelburn Church of God in Shelburn, Indiana adds, “When I first heard this song, I played it over and over again. Such a powerful message at a time when so many are suffering. This song will bless you.”
“Grace is Greater” is featured on David’s first solo project, “He Kept His Promise”, available at http://www.davideast.net and on ITunes.
About David East: David East developed his love for music at the age of 8 years old, singing in his home church and at school functions. This love for music led him to first learn to play the guitar, taking weekly lessons for a year and eventually increasing his ability through self-instruction and study. Early in his life, David exhibited a strong ear for music, excelling in both instrumental and vocal performance. David has received many awards for his music and performances.
About Patterson Promotions: Patterson Promotions has been in the business of promoting gospel music for over six years. Owner and operator, Pauline Patterson is no stranger to this industry. Aside from singing southern and country gospel for most of her life, she has been on both sides of the table. First, as a DJ at WFSR in Harlan, KY and now as the promoter. Patterson Promotions has represented such groups as: Homeland Quartet, The Browders ,Porter Family ,The Hyssongs, Mike Upright ,Heavens Highway and the list continues to grow. The Lord has blessed Pauline to help these groups and many more, to showcase their ministry to radio all across this nation. For that we say, “To God be the Glory!”

For more information, or if you would like to schedule an interview with David East, please contact Bobbie East at 615-752-2243 or via email at bobbie@davideast.net.


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David East Receives Two Golden Heart Awards

Written by SGN Scoops on December 10, 2012 – 5:14 pm -

Gatlinburg, TN (December 8, 2012) – During the 2012 CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) International Convention, held October 22, 2012 through October 27, 2012, David East received two Golden heart awards, namely: Favorite Artist of the Year, Promoter of the Year, and the Band of the Year award, given to the HeartsAFire! band, for which he played keyboard. Ballots were cast throughout the week-long event by the members in attendance.

“It’s such an honor to receive these awards, especially since the votes for each one came from my peers in the music industry”, said David. “It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m left speechless. These folks welcomed me into their organization with such hospitality.”

The CGMA awards process, which occurs each year at the Divisional level and at the International level, is not designed to create a competition between the artists; but rather as a means of encouraging and lifting up CGMA artists and members.

David says, “Each night before the ballots were cast, CGMA President Billy Hale led those in attendance in prayer, asking God to guide their hands as they voted for the ones who needed it most. I was most impressed by that, and to see the looks on the faces of those who were not expecting to receive an award was wonderful.”

You can learn more about the County Gospel Music Association at their website, http://www.countrygospelmusic.com. You can learn more about David East at his website, http://www.davideast.net, or at his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DavidWEast.

About David East: David East developed his love for music at the age of 8 years old, singing in his home church and at school functions. This love for music led him to first learn to play the guitar, taking weekly lessons for a year and eventually increasing his ability through self-instruction and study. Early in his life, David exhibited a strong ear for music, excelling in both instrumental and vocal performance. David has learned to play a total of 13 instruments, but he’s best known for is his piano and keyboard work. Always a fan favorite, once the big man gets behind the piano you know that you’re in for a wealth of good music and entertainment. His playing is a mixture of several different styles presented with his own flair.

About the CGMA: The Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) began in 1996 and has been dedicated to ministry since its creation. While the CGMA appreciates the music business, and for the sake of its members, does whatever possible to advance the cause of the Country Gospel genre, CGMA believes every Christian artist should be totally committed to the Everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:11) and have as their chief priority, blessing the heart of God. When the song is used as a vehicle for the Savior, it is honored of the Father and may also achieve success within the industry; but the glitter of the music business should never be our objective.


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David East Receives Six Silver Heart Awards at CGMA Eastern Convention

Written by SGN Scoops on August 29, 2012 – 10:52 am -

Gatlinburg, TN (August 25, 2012) – During the 2012 CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) Eastern Division Convention, held August 20, 2012 through August 25, 2012, David East received six silver heart awards, namely: Songwriter of the Year, Favorite Artist of the Year, Comedian of the Year, Manager of the Year, Promoter of the Year, and the Band of the Year award, given to the HeartsAFire! band, which he played keyboard for. Ballots were cast throughout the week-long event by the members in attendance.

This marks the second time that David has received the CGMA Songwriter of the Year award, given this year for the song, “Grace is Greater”. In 2011, David received the award for “Morning After the Rapture”, a song that reached the top 10 on several industry charts.

“It’s such an honor to receive these awards, especially since the votes for each one came from my peers in the music industry”, said David. “It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m left speechless. These folks welcomed me into their organization with such hospitality.”

The CGMA awards process, which occurs each year at the Divisional level and at the International level, is not designed to create a competition between the artists; but rather as a means of encouraging and lifting up CGMA artists and members.

David says, “Each night before the ballots were cast, CGMA President Billy Hale led those in attendance in prayer, asking God to guide their hands as they voted for the ones who needed it most. I was most impressed by that, and to see the looks on the faces of those who were not expecting to receive an award was wonderful.”

You can learn more about the County Gospel Music Association at their website, http://www.countrygospelmusic.com.  You can learn more about David East at his website, http://www.davideast.net, or at his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DavidWEast.

About David East: David East developed his love for music at the age of 8 years old, singing in his home church and at school functions. This love for music led him to first learn to play the guitar, taking weekly lessons for a year and eventually increasing his ability through self-instruction and study. Early in his life, David exhibited a strong ear for music, excelling in both instrumental and vocal performance.  David has learned to play a total of 13 instruments, but he’s best known for is his piano and keyboard work. Always a fan favorite, once the big man gets behind the piano you know that you’re in for a wealth of good music and entertainment. His playing is a mixture of several different styles presented with his own flair.

About the CGMA:  The Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) began in 1996 and has been dedicated to ministry since its creation.  While we appreciate the music business, and for the sake of our members, do all we can to advance the cause of the Country Gospel genre, we believe every Christian artist should be totally committed to the Everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:11) and have as their chief priority, blessing the heart of God.  When the song is used as a vehicle for the Savior, it is honored of the Father and may also achieve success within the industry; but the glitter of the music business should never be our objective.


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BEN AND BILLY COCKMAN TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL GUITAR COMPETITION

Written by SGN Scoops on March 28, 2012 – 1:42 pm -

Ben and Billy Cockman, of The Cockman Family, will be traveling to compete in National Flat Pick Guitar, Mandolin, and Banjo contest at the Walnut Valley Festival Winfield, KS.  Over the weekend, the youngest son, Ben, took the 2012 Guitar Championship during Hartsville, SC at The Reno Fest.

Ben Cockman won an D18 acoustic guitar hand built by award winning stringed instrument craftsman Gerald Anderson.  “After winning the award,” said dad John Cockman, “he was given the opportunity to perform a song with the guys who helped make the guitar.”  Watch the video of Ben Cockman performing ‘I’ll Fly Away’ with The Four Virginia Luthiers here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ryfp_n-fqs.

The Cockman Family is set to release their new radio single “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” with Homeland Inspiration Group in early April 2012.

About The Cockman Family:
The Cockmans have a unique bluegrass gospel style. Their harmonies, original songs and original arrangements of the old gospel songs have been immensely popular with their audiences. Fans love their family-style entertainment as well. As the family continues to grow, the grandchildren are also joining in on the tradition. They love to sing and they love the Lord. Their family ties are strong, and the warmth of that is conveyed in their performances.

The Cockman Family has been nominated for Bluegrass Artists of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year and Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA), and for Gold Cross Bluegrass Group of the Year by the International Country Gospel Music Association. The Cockman Family was selected as one of “The 12 Most Creative Families In America” by American Greetings Cards and USA Today Weekend. The Cockman Family is listed in the North Carolina Arts Council for North Carolina Touring and Resident Artist Directory, and has produced a concert video that is aired regularly on the SET (Southern Entertainment Television) 24 hour satellite gospel programming network and other local TV stations around the country.

For more information on The Cockman Family,
visit http://www.cockmanfamily.com/

For more information on Homeland Inspiration Group,
visit http://www.homelandinspirationgroup.com/

For Press Information:
Brittany Maxwell
Director of Media
Homeland Inspiration Group
706.870.4974
brittanydmaxwell@gmail.com


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David East Receives Two Golden Heart Awards at CGMA International Convention

Written by SGN Scoops on October 26, 2011 – 3:21 am -

Branson, MO (October 22, 2011) – During the 2011 CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) International Convention, held October 17, 2011 through October 22, 2011, David East received two golden heart awards: Songwriter of the Year, and the Band of the Year award, given to the Hearts AFire! band which he played keyboard for. Ballots were cast throughout the week-long event by the members in attendance.
 
“It’s such an honor to receive these awards, especially since the votes for each one came from my peers in the music industry”, said David. “It doesn’t happen very often, but I’m left speechless. These folks welcomed me into their organization with such hospitality.”
 
The CGMA awards process, which occurs each year at the Divisional level and at the International level, is not designed to create a competition between the artists; but rather as a means of encouraging and lifting up CGMA artists and members. David had been awarded six silver heart awards at the 2011 CGMA Eastern Division Conference: Songwriter of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Manager of the Year, Producer of the Year, Favorite Artist of the Year, and with the Hearts Afire! band, Band of the Year.
 
David says, “Each night before the ballots were cast, CGMA President Billy Hale led those in attendance in prayer, asking God to guide their hands as they voted for the ones who needed it most. I was most impressed by that, and to see the looks on the faces of those who were not expecting to receive an award was wonderful.”
You can learn more about the County Gospel Music Association at their website, http://www.countrygospelmusic.com .  You can learn more about David East at his website, http://www.davideast.net .
About David East: David East developed his love for music at the age of 8 years old, singing in his home church and at school functions. This love for music led him to first learn to play the guitar, taking weekly lessons for a year and eventually increasing his ability through self-instruction and study. Early in his life, David exhibited a strong ear for music, excelling in both instrumental and vocal performance.  David has learned to play a total of 13 instruments, but he’s best known for is his piano and keyboard work. Always a fan favorite, once the big man gets behind the piano you know that you’re in for a wealth of good music and entertainment. His playing is a mixture of several different styles presented with his own flair.
 
About the CGMA:  The Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) began in 1996 and has been dedicated to ministry since its creation.  While we appreciate the music business, and for the sake of our members, do all we can to advance the cause of the Country Gospel genre, we believe every Christian artist should be totally committed to the Everlasting Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (II Peter 1:11) and have as their chief priority, blessing the heart of God.  When the song is used as a vehicle for the Savior, it is honored of the Father and may also achieve success within the industry; but the glitter of the music business should never be our objective.


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