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Area Residents Honored At CGMA Convention

Posted In: City News by BroadcastBranson.com


July 31, 2008 — For Immediate Release

Doctor Lynda Lynn recently returned with her husband Bud from a week long Country Gospel
Music Association convention in Ottawa, Kansas. Members of CGMA gathered from around the
country to attend the convention. Lynda and Bud were voted by the CGMA membership Media Personalities
of the Year and Lynda was presented Full Time Songwriter of the Year for the Central
United States.

Others from the Branson area receiving awards were Ron and Opal Erickson, Duo of the Year;
Sylvia Fauth, Lyricist of the Year; Steve Anthony, Instrumentalist of the Year and Bluegrass Artist of
the Year; Anita French-Kidd, New Female Artist of the Year; Michael Smith, Teenage Performer of the
Year; Peggy Van Deren, Yodeler of the Year; and Darlene Jones, Promoter of the Year and Producer
of the Year.

All award winners are now eligible to perform at the CGMA International Convention that will
be held October 13 – 18 in Branson, Missouri.

Lynda stated, “CGMA is all about loving our Lord Jesus Christ and singing for Him and sharing
our love for each other. We then try to go out and spread that love to everyone that we meet because
God is Love. Our mission is to raise a praise for Jesus.”

The week long convention consisted of morning worship and prayer and afternoon workshops
which are designed to perfect musical talents including stage presence and how to market music.
There are also performances every night by the members of CGMA, Monday through Friday. Then
on Saturday night, the last night of the convention, The Silver Heart Awards are presented. The Central
Region of CGMA includes members from 13 states of the central region of the Untied States..
CGMA holds conventions world wide. The 2008 season began in May in Ridgway, Colorado,
with the Western Division Convention. In June CGMA held its Canada Convention in Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan. The Eastern Division Convention will be held in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in August.
CGMA conventions are also held in the Philippines and Australia. There are plans to hold a
convention in Germany. Other regions of the world are also being considered.

The Country Gospel Music Association (CGMA) is dedicated to ministry. Billy Hale, the President
and Founder of CGMA along with his wife Donna reside in Branson, Missouri. Billy states,
“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). When a song is used
as a vehicle for our Lord it may also achieve success within the industry; but the glitter of the music
business should never be our objective. If you are a career oriented artist, we invite you to consider
the ʻKingdom Alternative.ʼ “

To contact CGMA write to Billy and Donna Hale, P.O. Box 5020, Branson, Missouri, 65615 or
phone 417-336-1919 or contact them at www.countrygospelmusic.com.

Dr. Lynda Lynn publishes all of her music under her publishing company, On Angelʼs Wings
Publishing. Twenty-five per cent of proceeds are given to Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake.
Lynda can be reached by phone at 417-338-2586 or by e-mail at [email protected]
Lyndaʼs web site is ozarktrailsandtreasures.com.

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