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NQC RECAP: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2018

Written by Staff on September 28, 2018 – 8:31 am -

Gaither Vocal Band at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

Gaither Vocal Band at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 26, 2018) –  It was a terrific Thursday filled with music and message at NQC. The day started bright and early with morning chapel service as the Mark Trammell Quartet and Mike Speck led the crowd in worship, followed by a message from one of the most dynamic preachers today, C.T. Townsend.
Moving forward into the day, Dennis Swanberg gave convention-goers a laugh-break with his comedy.
Bill Gaither at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

Bill Gaither at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

Next up was Bill Gaither and his Homecoming Friends, filling the LeConte Center with classic songs made popular on the Gaither videos.

The evening concerts were hosted by Josh Franks. Tonight’s performers were: Gaither Vocal Band, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Hoppers, Legacy Five, Jonathan Wilburn, Gold City, Ball Brothers, Greater Vision, Tribute Quartet, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Dr. David Jeremiah, Primitive Quartet, Three Bridges, Kingdom Heirs. Power half-hour performances by Tim Menzies, Torchmen, Jordan Family Band, Debra Perry & Jaidyn’s Call
Among tonight’s highlights were the classic harmony of the Gaither Vocal Band, and the comedy of Bill Gaither and his sidekick, Kevin Williams and the moving testimony of Josh Townsend – pianist for Legacy Five – as he told of suffering abuse at the hands of his father in the womb before he was even born. The abuse left his twin dead before birth and Josh suffered a stroke before being delivered. Due to this, doctors told his mother that he would never have use of his left hand, to which Josh testified tonight – “they were wrong.” The crowd – with tears streaming down their face – gave Townsend a standing ovation after he performed the song, “God’s Been Good.”
C.T. Townsend at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

C.T. Townsend at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods. C.T. Townsend will also be appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention Oct. 28-Nov.1

NQC – the National Quartet Convention – continues until Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Over 40,000 people are expected to enjoy the concerts and festivities planned.

Coming up tomorrow, Friday, September 28, 2018:
  • Chapel with Jim Brady Trio and the First Baptist Church Indian Trail Choir and message by Dr. Mike Whitson
  • Blazing Pianos
  • Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Matinee Extravaganza
  • Evening Concerts featuring: Erwins, Dixie Echoes, Nelons, LeFevre Quartet, Taylors, Mark Trammell Quartet, McKameys, Lynda Randle, Perrys, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Isaacs, Joseph Habedank, Hoppers, Triumphant, Karen Peck & New River and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
NQC – the National Quartet Convention – was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years.
Bill Gaither reunion at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

Bill Gaither and Homecoming Friends at NQC. Photo by Chip Woods

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2013 National Quartet Convention – A Celebration of Two Decades of Memories

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 18, 2013 – 10:28 am -

Louisville, KY – The 56th Annual National Quartet Convention is now in the history books. For seven 2013 NQCconsecutive days, Southern Gospel Music fans from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries experienced the city of Louisville, KY, one more time. The week-long event officially concluded on Saturday, September 14, as production trucks were packed, exhibit booths disassembled, cars, vans and buses loaded, and the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center silent once again, marking the end of an era – the end of the National Quartet Convention in Louisville.

Southern Gospel Music’s premier event first moved to Louisville from the city of Nashville in 1994. There were those who were not in favor of the move from Music City USA. Even Convention Board members admitted that the move was quite bold. Louisville’s Freedom Hall held twice as many seats as the Muncipal Auditorim in Nashville, TN, which had been the NQC home for more than a decade. Fortunately, for the NQC Board, fans, artists and industry members, the move proved to be the right one, as the 1994 NQC set record attendance figures, with evening concert attendance more than doubling and the exhibit area nearly quadrupling. Since arriving in Louisville, the Convention has experienced unprecedented growth, with many special events taking place over the past two decades.

Many Convention attendees, including artists and fans have enjoyed all 20 years in Louisville. While bittersweet sentiments could be felt throughout the 2013 NQC, an air of excitement was also present. Memories of Louisville will forever remain in hearts; nevertheless, eager anticipation awaits for those who make preparations to converge upon the city that will soon be the NQC’s new home. According to Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Director, the final year in Louisville was a great success. “This year many nights had greater attendance than last year, and our subscriber based webcast set an all-time record,” Beasley stated. “Fans attending enjoyed another wonderful year in Louisville, but there is obviously eager anticipation for next year in Pigeon Forge, as advances for next year’s seating and hotel reservations set advance sales records. So we are very excited as the NQC begins a new era.”

The 2013 Convention provided many special memories during it’s final year in Louisville. Many of Gospel music’s most popular recording artists were featured at this year’s event, including multi-award winning recording artists like The Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlins, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, Gordon Mote, The Booth Brothers, The Kingdom Heirs, The Hoppers, Greater Vision and The Mark Trammel Quartet. Additionally, the event featured noted speakers such as Ken Davis, Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Johnny Hunt and Dennis Swanberg. As attendees reminisced about the past 20 years in Louisville, they look forward to making many new memories in Pigeon Forge. “I am really excited,” one long-time Convention attendee stated. “I’ve been to Louisville every year, and I attended the Convention in Nashville before Louisville. In fact, I haven’t missed a year since 1983, and I don’t plan to miss being in Pigeon Forge in 2014. Wherever the music is, I plan to go!”

The 2014 National Quartet Convention will take place at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN, as Gospel Music’s premier annual event will take place the week of September 21-27, 2013. Visit www.nqconline.com, or call 1-800-845-8499 for complete information.


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NQC Week’s Biggest Day Set To Begin

Written by SGN Scoops on September 14, 2012 – 12:04 pm -

Louisville, KY – Historically speaking, the largest attendance during the National Quartet Convention week takes place on Friday. Holding true to form, Friday is expected to be the biggest day of the week at the 2012 event. The brightest names in Southern Gospel Music will take to the various stages throughout the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville, as daytime showcases take place in the South Wing, East Hall and Freedom Hall.
Renown speaker, Dr David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries and Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Church in El Cajon (San Diego), CA, will serve as the featured speaker on Friday morning. Convention attendees are expected to fill East Hall to capacity for this event.
Beginning at noon, Bill Gaither will bring to life his multi-award winning and best selling Homecoming Series, as more than 100 singers are expected to unite on the stage in Freedom Hall during the Gaither Homecoming Sing-Along,
Following the Gaither Sing-Along in Freedom Hall, the first ever NQC Music Awards will take place. The NQC, in partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, will present 17 different awards to individuals and groups based on both fan-awarded and industry-awarded categories. “Much interest has been generated by the fact that these awards will be given based on both fan popularity and professionl excellence. This should be a very special presentation,” stated Clarke Beasley, NQC Executive Vice President.
On Friday evening, more than a dozen of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music will take to the stage in Freedom Hall, providing Convention attendees with more than five hours of music. Just a few of the popular names scheduled to appear include The Gaither Vocal Band, The Isaacs, The Nelons, The Hoppers and Triumphant Quartet. Popular comedian, Dennis Swanberg will host the evening.
Saturday  marks the final day of the week-long event. Highlights of Saturday will include the Parade of Pianos, featuring the industry’s most talented pianists, as well as the Tribute to Lari Goss, honoring one of Gospel Music’s most legendary producers.
Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts for the weekend, and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.

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JANET PASCHAL TO BE FEATURED ON DAYSTAR TELEVISION NETWORK

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on February 10, 2012 – 2:30 pm -

Dallas, TX – Popular singer, songwriter, author and talk show host, Janet Paschal, will be featured this Saturday, February 11 on Daystar Television Network. Paschal will be featured on the Network’s popular Gospel Music Showcase at 5:30pm (EST). The program will feature an insightful interview with Paschal, as well as performances of several of her most popular hits, including God Will Make A Way and Illogical Case of Love, performed live at the 2011 National Quartet Convention, held in Louisville, KY, last September.

Paschal is one of the most celebrated Christian female recording artists. She has earned multiple Grammy and Dove Award nominations, as well as honors from the industry’s leading trade and fan publications. With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, including her latest release, Treasure, Paschal is a favorite among audiences worldwide. Paschal’s travels in 2011 took her throughout the US and Canada. Throughout the past several years, she has hosted a daily radio program, Walking The Good Road. The program focuses on cancer awareness. Just a few of Paschal’s guests have included prominent authors and speakers Ann Graham Lotz, Dr David Jeremiah, Joni Erickson Tada and Dodie Osteen, as well as a Oympic Gold Medalist, Shannon Miller.

Daystar Television reaches over 200 countries and 680 million households globally, including over 100 million homes throughout the US. Many of today’s leading Christian speakers and authors are featured each week on the Network, including Dr David Jeremiah, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, TD Jakes and Joyce Meyers.

Check local listings for availablity in your area, or visit www.daystar.com. Additional information regarding Janet Paschal, including scheduling information is available online at www.janetpaschal.com.


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2011 National Quartet Convention Filled With Memorable Moments

Written by SGN Scoops on September 22, 2011 – 9:54 am -

Louisville, KY– The 54th Annual National Quartet Convention officially

Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, The Gaither Vocal Band were featured during a special reunion event on Thursday, and also made an appearance during Friday evening's concert line-up at the 2011 NQC.

concluded on Saturday, September 17, following six days and seven nights filled with memorable moments, special reunions, local and national television exposure and more than 75 hours of music, music and more music. The event kicked off on Sunday evening, September 11 at Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center and continued throughout the week, as Southern Gospel Music fans from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries traveled to the city of Louisville, KY, for the 2011 Convention. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, prominent keynote speakers included Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Charles Stanley and former

Attorney General John Ashcroft, as well as Fox New Correspondent, Kelly Wright.

The National Quartet Convention, which first began in 1957 in Memphis, TN, offers fans of Southern Gospel Music the convenience of seeing and hearing their favorite groups at a single event, as well as meeting those favorites, purchasing their music, videos and much more at any one of the 500 exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Southern Gospel Music lovers enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until nearly midnight each evening, with performances by such popular and multi-award winning recording artists as The Gaither Vocal Band, Jason Crabb, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Booth Brothers, The Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, The Isaacs, and Jeff & Sheri Easter.

One special highlight of the week included the very first NQC Christmas Day on

Tuesday, as the day kicked off with a special bonus Christmas concert. Christmas decorations decked the hallways of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center, and the evening concluded with a special NQC Christmas In September music extravaganza.

Another highlight included the Dixie Melody Boys’ 50th Anniversary Celebration, featuring the reunion of more than 40 past and present Quartet members. Other reunion appearances included the Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, the Hinsons Reunion, as well as the Rambos Tribute. Each Reunion Tribute featured former classic standards recorded and made popular by each of the groups.

The 3rd Annual NQC Cancer Walk, hosted by Janet Paschal, proved to be another huge success, as more than 100 walkers braved a cold, drizzly Louisville morning on Thursday to participate in the event. The event raised $1783.00 for the American Cancer Society.

Reflecting upon the 2011 NQC, Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, stated that the overall success of the event was most evident to all who attended the event. “It was truly a special year, filled with many memorable moments. Attendance was very strong, and our attendees were truly blessed by all they saw and heard.”

The 2012 National Quartet Convention will take place September 9-15, 2012 in Louisville at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com, as a complete schedule of events will be posted in the coming weeks.


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Secular Media Embracing 2011 National Quartet Convention – Annual Event Continues Through Saturday

Written by SGN Scoops on September 16, 2011 – 6:45 pm -

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention, which originally began in 1957 in Memphis, TN, has grown to become Christian music’s largest annual event. The seven-night musical extravaganza, taking place this week in Louisville, KY, has captured the attention of both local and national media.  The Grammy-nominated recording artist, Triumphant Quartet, was featured on Tuesday afternoon, as the Quartet represented the NQC on the popular Terry Meiners program, which airs on WHAS Radio.

On Wednesday morning, Dollywood Theme Park’s host quartet, The Kingdom Heirs were featured on Great Day Live, which airs on WHAS Channel 11, Louisville’s ABC affiliate. The quartet shared their smooth vocal stylings with listeners of the program and were interviewed by the show’s co-hosts, Terry Meiners and Rachel Platt (pictured in attached jpg with The Kingdom Heirs).

Fox News reporter, Kelly Wright was on hand at this week’s Convention, enjoying the sights and sounds, as well as interviewing featured performers and speakers, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who was a part of Wednesday night and Thursday morning’s programs. Wright also made a guest appearance on Tuesday evening’s line-up and delighted attendees with his energy and excitement, exceptional vocal ability and inspiring message.

The 2011 event continues through Saturday, and will feature appearances by the multi-Grammy Award winning Gaither Vocal Band, as well as Dove Award winning recording artist, The Isaacs. Both groups will appear on Friday evening’s program in Freedom Hall.

Renown author, speaker and Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA, Dr David Jeremiah will serve as the keynote speaker on Friday, while Dr Charles Stanley, founder of In Touch Ministries, will be featured on Saturday.

Individuals unable to attend the National Quartet Convention in person have the opportunity to watch  performances taking place in Freedom Hall live, as it happens, or on demand through the NQC’s popular webcast, www.nqconlinec.com. All events taking place in Freedom Hall throughout NQC Week are available through the webcast.

Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts on Friday and Saturday, and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.


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National Quartet Convention In Full Swing In Louisville

Written by SGN Scoops on September 13, 2011 – 8:12 am -

Louisville, KY – The 54th Annual National Quartet Convention officially kicked off on Sunday evening, September 11 at Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. This special Sunday night concert event boasted attendence in excess of 2,000 people, as Southern Gospel Music lovers arriving early for the 2011 event were treated to the sounds of  multi-award winning groups, Greater Vision, The Hoppers and The Booth Brothers.

Excitement fills the air in the city of Louisville this week as Southern Gospel Music fans  from more than 40 states and at least a half dozen countries will attend the 2011 Convention. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, prominent keynote speakers featured include Dr David Jeremiah, Dr Charles Stanley and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who will be featured on Thursday.

The National Quartet Convention offers fans of Southern Gospel Music something no other event can…the convenience of “one stop shopping.” The Convention is the only event of the year where fans can see and hear their favorite groups at a single event, then meet group members and purchase music, videos and much more at any one of the 500 exhibit booths which span throughout 175,000 square feet. Southern Gospel Music lovers can enjoy their favorite music all day long, as music spectaculars begin each morning and continue until midnight each evening.

Headliners on Monday evening’s concert in Freedom Hall included Grammy nominated recording artist, Karen Peck & New River, Trumphant, The Hoppers, Gold City, as well as seven-time IBMA Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.

Christmas comes early to Louisville on Tuesday, as an NQC Christmas is the theme of the day, as the day kicks off with a special bonus Christmas concert. Christmas decorations will deck the hallways of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Later in the evening, Christmas sounds will ring loudly throughout Freedom Hall, as a special NQC Christmas In September music extravaganza highlights the night.

Seats are available for all afternoon showcases and evening concerts and may be purchased in the North Wing lobby of the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. Visit www.nqconline.com for a complete schedule of events.

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About the 2011 National Quartet Convention: This year marks the 54th Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people will attend the 2011 event, which takes place September 11-17, with at least 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries represented. The Convention is Christian music’s largest marketplace and largest annual event with more than 500 exhibitors and nearly 300 Southern Gospel recording artists in attendance. Seats for daily and evening performances may be purchased on site during the week of the Convention in the North Wing lobby at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center.
***INTERVIEWS THROUGHOUT NQC WEEK MAY BE ARRANGED BY CALLING 919-215-8207.


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JANET PASCHAL RECEIVES DIAMOND AWARD

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on July 9, 2011 – 11:23 am -

Branson, MO – The 2011 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards were presented on Thursday, June 30 in Branson, MO, during the 3rd Annual Branson Gospel Music Revival. As the winners were announced, the SGN Scoops Diamond Award recipient for Favorite Female Vocalist was popular singer, songwriter, author and talk show host, Janet Paschal.
The Award marks the latest of several honors bestowed upon Paschal in recent months, including a  Dove Award nomination by the Gospel Music Association for Favorite Female Vocalist and Singing News Magazine Fan Award nominations for Favorite Female Vocalist and Favorite Soloist. With more than a dozen recordings to her credit, including her latest release, Treasure, Paschal has been recognized with numerous Grammy and Dove Award nominations, and she is consistently named among Gospel Music’s favorite vocalists.
Paschal’s travels in 2011 have taken her throughout the US and Canada. Additionally, she hosts her own radio program, Walking The Good Road, which airs on more than 30 media outlets, covering 15 states across the US, as well as Canada and Europe. The program focuses on cancer awareness. Just a few of Paschal’s guests have included prominent authors and speakers Ann Graham Lotz, Dr David Jeremiah, Joni Erickson Tada and Dodie Osteen, as well as a Oympic Gold Medalist, Shannon Miller. For the past two years, she has hosted the Cancer Walk at the National Quartet Convention, Southern Gospel Music’s premier week-long festival. Proceeds from the event are presented to the American Cancer Society. The third annual event will take place in September in Lousiville, KY.
Additional information regarding Paschal is available online at www.janetpaschal.com. A complete list of Diamond Award winners is available online at www.sgnscoops.com.

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FINAL DAY OF 2010 NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION

Written by Rhonda on September 20, 2010 – 3:57 am -

Louisville, KY – The 2010 National Quartet Convention will conclude on Saturday in Louisville, completing one of the most thrilling and exciting weeks in Convention history. Over 40,000 Southern Gospel Music fans, representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries converged upon the city of Louisville, KY, celebrating the 53nd Annual National Quartet Convention and the 100th Anniversary of Southern Gospel Music. This year’s event has featured nearly 50 of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music, as well as some of the most prominent keynote speakers in the country, including Dr David Jeremiah, Governor Sarah Palin and Dr Charles Stanley, who will be featured on Saturday.

The final day of NQC 2010 kicked off at 8:00am with the 2nd Annual Cancer Walk, hosted by popular singer, songwriter, talk show host and cancer survivor, Janet Paschal. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event is open to all NQC attendees, as well as Louisville residents who would like to participate in the event.

Another exciting highlight of the final day’s festivities is the afternoon showcase commemorating the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Southern Gospel Music. The event pays tribute to many of the artists that shaped the genre of Southern Gospel Music throughout the past 10 decades.

The final night of music begins at 6pm in Freedom Hall. Seats are still available for Saturday’s showcases, as well as the evening concert, and may be purchased at the Expo Center.

The 2011 National Quartet Convention is set to be held September 11 – 17. Seats are already on sale for all events and may be obtained by calling 1-800-846-8499 or visiting to www.natqc.com.


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