For 22 Years, the Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards (TGMEA), was founded by Pastor Larry & Lady Sharon Davies. It was his desire then, as it still is today, to reward independent artists for the excellence they have shown through their ministry. Pastor Davies and his wife, Sharon Davies, decided to add an educational component to the event which is known as the Power2Praise Workshops. The workshops are designed to educate the artists about the industry and are always headed by gospel entertainment industry professionals. Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell and James Fortune are just a few gospel artists who have helped out with previous workshops.
Pastor Davies and his wife have developed and trained a highly qualified staff. All of the staff members began as dedicated volunteers to help with the TGMEA Ministry. When asked to sum up his experience with TGMEA in just a few words, Pastor Davies had this to say, "This ride has been marvelous. We just let the Lord lead us."