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David East Receives Five Awards at CGMA Eastern Divisional Convention

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hanson, KY (August 29, 2011) - During the 2011 CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) Eastern Division Convention, held August 22, 2011 through August 27, 2011, David East received five silver heart awards , namely: Manager of the Year, Producer of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Favorite Artist of the Year. David also shared in the Band of the Year award which was 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."

According to Billy Hale, President and Founder of the Country Gospel Music Association, "David made history this week. Never before in the history of the CGMA has a new member received the Favorite Artist award, which is given to the member who received the highest total amount of votes across all ballots. Clearly David made a huge impression on the other members."

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, Billy 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."

As an award recipient, David is automatically entered in the International awards process that will happen at the International CGMA Convention to be held in Branson, MO October 17, 2011 to October 22, 2011.

You can learn more about the County Gospel Music Association at their website,

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