WEATHERFORD — David House has been drawn to music for 55 years.
The singer, who dabbles in guitar and dobro, recently had his talent for the tunes recognized at the International Country Gospel Music Association’s 2022 awards convention in West Plains, Missouri. There he was named Male Vocalist of the Year and announced as an ICGMA Hall of Fame inductee.
Created with the goal of uniting artists to work together statewide and nationally, the association, established in 1957, is the oldest of all country gospel music organizations.
House describes the organization as one big family.
“When we have these annual get-togethers, it feels more like a big family reunion than anything else,” he said. “You have people from all over, from Maine to California. [This year] there were about 200 artists there.
The lyrics of your average country music song can usually revolve around the same themes: drinking, breaking up, etc. ICGMA members released what House calls “a positive country.”
House, who lives in Parker County with his wife Barbara — they celebrated their 58th birthday earlier this year — had an early introduction to music.
“My mom and her three brothers all played guitar and they had family jam sessions,” he said. “At that time, I was like, ‘Man, this is boring. Afterwards, I regretted not having done more of it.
In the 1980s, House went on a mission to Nashville to become a rich and famous country music star, even recording songs that hit national charts. But his priorities quickly changed.
“I lost interest in doing that and decided to go get a job, raise my family and do music later,” he said.
After retiring about 12 years ago, House returned to his love of music, performing as a solo artist at area churches and other facilities. Last month he performed for a crowd at Holland Lake Nursing & Rehab, including a special Happy Birthday solo for Mildred Barker, 104. He also has a band he plays with in Granbury.
“I would say it’s a full-time contract now,” he said. “Many people in this organization, their full-time job is to go to small churches and sing. Many of them preach.
“God honors what they do, and their ministries are very successful because of it.”
To learn more about ICGMA, visit https://www.icgma.org/