In the gospel industry, no one is ever considered a looser. This fact also holds true with the TGMEA New Artist Competition. In conjunction with the award ceremony, a new artist competition was held. Although each participant left the competition with meaningful gifts, this year's first place winner Jonathan Valencia received a recording session. Pastor Larry Davies, one of the founders of Texas Gospel Music Excellence Awards states that the TGMEA is a great marketing tool offering a stage opportunity and wonderful exposure for artist involved in ministry.
Jonathan Valencia is a 12 year gospel artist born in Jacksonville, Florida. When interviewed at TGMEA event, Jonathan stated that he is inspired by many other gospel artists and wanted others to know his passion of the Bible. Jonathan is very talented and has plans to travel across the United States in order to spread the message of Jesus.