2015 LGMA AWARD WINNERS..
Soloist of the year- Dennis Cook
Duet of the Year- Burning Bridges
Trio of the year- The Wards
Mixed Quartet of the Year- Golden Valley Crusaders
Male Quartet of the year- Chordsmen Quartet
Lead Vocalist of the Year- Dan Duncan (Forever Changed)
Baritone Vocalist Of The Year- Kenn Jackson (Heritage)
Tenor Vocalist Of The Year- Ray Carver (Beulahland)
Bass Vocalist Of The Year- Glen Totherow (Heritage)
Soprano Vocalist Of The Year- Julia Martinez (Wards)
Alto Vocalist Of The Year- Becky Barfield (Forever Changed)
Female Vocalist Of The Year- Becky Barfield (Forever Changed)
Male Vocalist of The Year- Tony Burchette
Song of The Year- Dinner With Jesus (Shellem Cline)
Songwriter Of The Year- Shellem Cline
Group Of the Year- Forever Changed
Southern Gospel Forerunner- Rob Patz
A LETTER ABOUT CONVENTION
In March of this year, my husband and I moved to the Raleigh, NC area due to his job. One day as I was at home I heard on the local gospel radio station that the LGMA convention was coming to town. I must say this excited me because my husband and I attended the convention in 2013 in Lenoir, NC which at the time was only 35 minutes from our home. On Thursday, my husband and I attended the concert that night and had a blast. I was so excited that I came back the Friday morning for the matinee while he was at work! Needless to say I attended all three days main concerts and both matinees. Reflecting on the weekend, I must admit it was amazing. Every artist that crossed that stage was great. My husband, who can sometimes be hard to please, even made the statement that "there was not one bad artist at the convention." Last year's event in Lenoir, NC was good, but had its problems. On the first night of the 2013 convention we had to be escorted out do to a fire and the sound kept going out, but this years convention definitely made up for it. The emcee's was great, especially Mae who made me smile every time she stated "MY FAVORITE GROUP" or "GOOD GOOGILY GOOP" and the singing was just phenomenal. God showed up on Friday night and the alter was filled; "Amens" and lifted hands filled the auditorium on Saturday as well. Saturday night on our way home, one of our neighbors that joined us for the concert stated that she had attended several LGMA concerts with the former owner, but that the new LGMA not only had the "cream of the crop" in talent, but was organized and had it all together like LGMA should have been all along. I can honestly say that I was even more impressed this year than from the previous year of the convention. You could tell that twenty six year old President Shellem Cline worked very hard and spent countless hours getting this convention together and it paid off. I love to see people on fire for God, but when those people are young people it makes it even sweeter! No wonder he not only was nominated but won the "Southern Gospel Forerunner" for the LGMA. I asked the lady at the gate about next years convention, and she said that it would be the same weekend, but not sure where. We enjoyed the event so much this year that my husband who can sometimes be a "workaholic" promised that he will be taking a few days off to attend the event in 2015. I can promise that no matter where it will be held in 2015, my husband and I will be there! Again, I was very impressed and I would like to thank Shellem Cline along with every artist that attended the convention for making it a great experience for me, one that I will never forget!
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