The Inspirational Country Music Association is a not for profit 501c3 corporation.
Gene Higgins created a new genre of music in 1990 called Christian Country Music. He founded the Christian Country Music Association bridging the gap between country and Christian Country music. Because of his vision, pioneering, and determination, there are numerous national syndicated radio shows now playing on 100,000 watt radio stations. Christian Country Music is now a format with radio stations nationwide and around the world playing the sound of country music with family values.
His success in Nashville has landed him among the top music executives. This success that God has blessed Gene with is one reason you hear more great songs on country radio today such as “Where Were You When The World Stop Turning,” “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” and “I Believe.” In the past country artists would record a gospel album sometime in their career, but now they are actually recording Christian songs on their albums!
Gene Higgins is an extraordinary man with extraordinary visions. The association was created to not only bridge the gap between Country and Christian artists, but to bring the best of both garners together on radio and television giving them a wider audience. He is Executive Producer of thirteen award shows televised worldwide. Lonestar, Hank Williams Jr, Wynonna, Diamond Rio, Josh Turner, Collin Raye, Richie McDonald, Randy Owens, Meryl Haggard, Jamie O’Neal, and The Oak Ridge Boys are a few of country stars that has shared the stage with the award winning Christian Artists, along with a host of movie stars.
You may find others taking credit for Christian Country Music but Gene was there in the beginning. The important issue here is to build on the foundation. Look around and you will find that many are promoting the same. The difference here is: Gene does not put himself in the spotlight taking up space on the shows, he does not compete with the artists on charts or in anyway. What he does is build on the foundation for the future for the artists and the music using his experience.
Josh Turner – Long Black Train
“Josh Turner Rides the Long Black Train to Certified Gold”
By Chris Willman, senior music writer for Entertainment Weekly
Universal Nashville chairman Luke Lewis is bringing the gold-record party for country upstart Josh Turner to order. ”I’ll try not to cuss, ’cause there’s Christians in the room,” Lewis kids. ”I’m gonna try not to get on that train” – meaning the hell-bound locomotive warned about in Turner’s breakout hit, ”Long Black Train.” ”We don’t get to do this much anymore,” Lewis adds, a bit ruefully. ”There haven’t been a whole lot of Gold Records in Nashville lately.”
“Beyond all of the hard work by everyone involved in the creation of the record and delivery to the marketplace is the reminder that there is magic in music when a great song, performance and production come together. All of us at Universal Music Group Nashville are proud to be associated with an artist of Josh’s caliber.”
HMG Nashville staff was present at Josh Turner’s Gold Record Party, and we appreciated the comment from Lewis, ‘I’ll try not to cuss, ’cause there’s Christians in the room,” as he looked toward our table. – Gene Higgins
Melanie Walker, reigning 2005 and 2006 ICM Female Vocalist of the Year:
“Gene Higgins is a great visionary. Through his organization I have gotten to release my songs to over 1,000 radio stations all over the world. As an independent artist this kind of worldwide ration evangelism has been beneficial in helping my ministry and career growth. I am grateful to Gene and his pioneering efforts. May the Lord continue to greatly increase this organization.”
Mike Hammock, 2006 ICM Entertainer of the Year:
“The exposure I have received from being a part of the Christian Country Music Association has been invaluable to my ministry and music career. Having been awarded Male Vocalist of the Year and appearing on the award show has opened many doors to minister and perform. The Power Source Top Twenty program is a project with world class that has also been an incredible tool to bring exposure to Christian Country artists and to all the artists’ members who are seeking to expand the territories of their ministries. Thank you Gene and Brenda Higgins for obeying God with the vision he gave you many years ago and thank you for caring about people and wanting each of us to be successful in our calling.”
*The association’s mission is accomplished through education, encouragement through networking opportunities, providing resources, products, services, events, and promotional opportunities for the purpose of touching and changing lives through the message of the music.