For 24 years, the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards (TGMEA), founded by Pastor Larry Davies has been one of the top gospel award shows in the country. It was his desire then, as it still is today, to reward independent artists for the excellence they have shown through their ministry.
Prior to starting TGMEA in 1998, Pastor Davies assisted with a similar event called the Texas Gospel Music Awards. It was very similar to the TGMA, however, with the hiring of a camera crew, and renting of an elaborate Downtown Houston hotel space, it required a much bigger operating budget. Unfortunately, after several attempts over a 3 year period of time, the Founder of the TGMA decided to end the ceremony. Pastor Davies sized up TGMA and made some changes. The results was a significant increase in attendance over the 2 day period.
Texas Award Winners
|Male Soloist of the Year||Vernon Jai||Houston, Texas|
|Female Soloist of the Year||Sheila Moore Piper||Houston, Texas|
|Group of the Year||C’Tyre & Shift||Houston, Texas|
National Award Winners
|Male Soloist of the Year||Same Ol’ G||Quincy, Florida|
|Female Soloist of the Year||Anita Franklin||Tallahassee, Florida|
|Male Group of the Year||The New Christianaires||Orlando, Florida|
|Female Group of the Year||Divine of Annapolis||Annapolis, Maryland|
International Award Winners
|Male Soloist of the Year||Enny Okosun||Dubai|
|Female Soloist of the Year||Christal Webb||South Africa|
|Duo/Group/Choir of the Year||Nelly Kasongo Kamitondo (Nelkay)||South Africa|