International Country Gospel Music Association

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International Country Gospel Music Association

The International Country Gospel Music Association (I.C.G.M.A.) is celebrating it’s 68th  Anniversary with their 2024 Convention and Awards Show on July 11th, 12th & 13th.   The event is held in Historic West Plains, Missouri at The Bridge Church. (formerly The Barn Event Center).  Over 120 Artists and musicians gather annually from all across America for the 3-day event, performing to capacity crowds each evening. 

The I.C.G.M.A. is the oldest Christian Music organization in America.  It began in Texas, where it was first organized by Dr. Lindsey Thompson and Billy Holcomb.  In it’s colorful history…

Get to know some of our artists

Terry & Debra Luna

Terry & Debra Luna were recently inducted into the International Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame during the annual ICGMA Convention and Awards Show in West Plains, Missouri. Terry & Debra have recorded several projects containing mostly original songs.  Eleven singles have charted in the Top 10 on national Country Gospel Charts, four have reached Number 1. “How Big God Is” reached the top spot in May 2024 (GTE Music Magazine,) “Highest Hill” reached number 1 in September 2020 (Cross Country USA,) “He is Here” was the Number 1 song in July 2019 on four national Country Gospel Charts (Cashbox, Christian Voice Magazine, Country for the Good Life and Gospel Music Tour) and “Don’t Tell Me He Can’t (I Know He Can)” debuted at Number 1 in August 2014 (Christian Music Weekly.)  Their latest project, ”Goin’ Down to the Church House” was released in May 2024.  The album contains new songs written by Terry & Debra, Marvin Morrow, Del Way, Mike Owens, James Payne, Don Stiles, Mark Ford, Mark Collie, Ronnie Bowman. 

Dr James payne
Bishop James Payne is founder and director of James Payne Ministries INC of Nashville Tennessee. James is a Grammy nominated songwriter having penned over 2500 songs recorded by over 1200 soloist, choirs, groups, and individuals. As a writer and artist 81 of his songs have reached #1 on various music charts. James is also a member of the ICGMA Hall of Fame, a recipient of the ICM Living Legend Award, The Diamond Award for 50 number one songs. James has received numerous Songwriter Of The Year Awards, Song Of The Year, Male Vocalist, Entertainer Of The Year, and almost every other award music has to offer. James Payne has preached over 5000 crusades in 42 years of full-time ministry. He has appeared on PTL, 700 Club, TBN, TCT, Cornerstone, Daystar, Inspiration TV Network. James presently has a program on Love World Television Network that is reaching over 200 countries and touches millions of lives. Having partnered with INSP TV Network, in an effort to win lost souls, over 5 million souls have come to God in the last three years. James was raised from the dead in 1968 and delivered from drug addiction and alcoholism. He is celebrating 45 years of full-time ministry. James makes his home in the Nashville area and travels extensively across the US and around the world telling everybody about somebody that can change anybody who’s name is Jesus!
J Abbott

J-Abbott is a fresh voice in Christian country music. At an early age, he sang in his families Christian group. His family group toured throughout North America, including the United States, Canada and Mexico. While mixing his influences from gospel, that includes the Gaither Vocal Band and the Crabb family with a up-to-date country sound from influences, such as Rascal Flatts and Garth Brooks, J Abbott has established his own style. J-Abbott was the runner-up on the American Idol Pre show contest called Keystone idol. 

J-Abbott. sings with a powerful tone and modern message. As a young performer with a seasoned voice, the future is bright for J-Abbott. As an artist, signed to Positive Country Records label, J-Abbott sings a positive and powerful message that shines love, real life, and provides encouragement for our journey. J-Abbott stands out from the crowd with a voice and a message that will be remembered long after the performance is over.

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