By Terry Lee Goffee
The Country Gospel Music Association recently announced their national
award winners. The Golden Heart Convention and Awards Show was held in
Knoxville, Tennessee over the Labor Day week-end.
According to CGMA president Billy Hale the event was saturated with
tears of joy, laughter and an eagerness to share the goodness of God and
a sincere desire on the part of the artists to use their talents for the
glory of Christ.
Among the artists receiving awards were the Ely's from Indiana, who
were named Vocal Group of the year. Duo of the Year honors went to Chuck
and Lee Campos. Gayla Earlene was named Songwriter of the year, while Male
Vocalist of the year went to Abe Zacharias.
Former Elvis impersonator Don Richmond was voted entertainer of the
year, and WROM, in Rome, Georgia, was named radio station of the year.
Lisa Daggs was the only dual award winner, garnering Female Vocalist
and Favorite Artist of the year honors.
Lisa is a very talented young lady with an interesting story behind
her ministry. Nearly eight years ago, Lisa was sitting in a jail cell facing
a possible three to five year sentence for cocaine "possession for sale".
Having been raised in a Christian home, Lisa took time to reflect on where
her own self will had brought her. She decided it was time to give everything
back to God. She now gives all the glory to him for the work that he is
doing through her and mostly for the hundreds of souls that she has seen
saved at her concerts.
In 1995 Daggs was named New Artist of the Year by the Christian Country
Music Association. The next year the CCMA awarded her Entertainer of the
Year honors. In 1996 her album "Love is the Bottom Line" received a Dove
Awards nomination from the GMA.
Lisa has also been embraced by Bill Gaither for the past two years at
his annual homecoming and featured her with her fourth number-one single
"Hands on the Plow" on his video "I Love to Tell the Story".
She has appeared on TNN's "Prime Time Country",
where she shared her testimony with a primarily mainstream country
audience. I"ve seen Lisa at various awards programs and had the pleasure
of performing with her at a county fair in Virginia last summer. Her genuine
love of God is evident in her gentle smile and her uplifting music.
Congratulations to all of the CGMA award winners. Our prayer is that
God will continue to use them to proclaim his word through their efforts
in venues all across the world.
Until next month we're keepin it country, but keepin it Christian.