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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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11th Hour experiences memorable first trip to Canada

Written by Staff on August 31, 2017 – 2:25 pm -

11th Hour

11th Hour

11th Hour member, Jaquita Lindsey, talks about the group’s first visit north of the border.

11th Hour had the privilege in July of this year of being part of Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration, held annually in Red Deer, Alta. This event is comparable to our National Quartet Convention that is held in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Many great groups were in attendance for this year’s event, such as the Booth Brothers, Collingsworth family, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, Triumphant Quartet and Legacy Five. We also had the opportunity to meet and hear a few Canadian groups.
11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Traveling to Canada was a first for Grant (Gibson), Amber (Eppinette) and I. We call Grant our world traveler, having visited about every state and several countries. But Red Deer was a first for us all. The people greeted us warmly and made us feel so special. Many friends came to our product table and wanted to put “faces to the voices they had been hearing on the radio”.

Gerald Wolfe, of Greater Vision, emceed the nightly concerts. He also held one of his Hymn Sings on Friday afternoon. Second Half Quartet sang a few songs to open up the sing. Stan Whitmire graced us with his phenomenal piano skills for the sing-a-long. 11th Hour was asked to sing “Love of God,” which Amber sang better than I had ever heard her. She laughed that it was because Stan was playing for her.
The only fun we had time for was Saturday morning when we spent a little time in downtown Calgary. Mark Trammell Quartet was in charge of Chapel that morning. Since we skipped it to “go have fun”, his guys turned our backdrop upside down and rearranged our product table. We all had a good laugh about it.
11th Hour in Red Deer, Alberta

Calgary, Alberta

We hope to get invited back in the future to Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration. That trip was memorable for all three of us.

About 11th Hour

(http://11thhourgg.com/bio/, August 31, 2017)…In 2012, 11th Hour signed a recording contract with Crossroads Music Group. “The doors of opportunity that a recording contract opened up were incredible. We had a support that would help

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Hymn Sing at Red Deer

us reach more and more people for the Kingdom,” says Amber. And with that support, 11th Hour has done just that. They’ve had multiple Top 10 hits and been nominated for numerous awards in Southern Gospel music such as Trio of the Year and Album of the Year, while Amber was nominated for Soprano of the Year. In 2014, 11th Hour took home the Sunrise Award at the SGN Scoops Diamond Awards. “It has been such an honor receiving support from people you respect and admire,” shares Amber. “God has so much more in store for us as we travel and bring glory to His name.”There’s so much more work to be done as these three continue to step out in faith. Amber, Grant, and Jaquita, are ready to go wherever the Lord opens doors, singing and proclaiming the good news of Jesus… Read more here. 

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Legacy Five

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11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Booth Brothers

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Triumphant

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Greater Vision

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Mark Trammell Quartet

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Second Half Quartet

11th Hour at Red Deer, Alberta

Collingsworth Family


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Mark Trammell Quartet welcomes Trevor Conkle

Written by Staff on July 17, 2017 – 8:52 am -

Trevor Conkle joins Mark Trammell

Trevor Conkle joins Mark Trammell

Gadsden, AL – After five years of looking for the right man to sit at the keyboards, 2017 Singing News Top Five Traditional Quartet nominee, The Mark Trammell Quartet announces today that nineteen year old Trevor Conkle from Arab, Alabama will be that man. Mark says, “We are thrilled that Trevor expressed interest in being an active part of our ministry. We believe this young man has a bright future in Gospel Music, and we are pleased that he wants to grow with us!”

Trevor Conkle joins Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell Quartet by Craig Harris

For the last three years, Trevor has enjoyed traveling with the multi-award winning first family of gospel music, The Hoppers, from Madison, NC. Trevor states, “While I am truly grateful for this family and the daily investment they have made in me, my first love is convention style and quartet music. Upon hearing of The Mark Trammell Quartet genuinely looking for a keyboard man, I began to enquire and that enquiry led to my gaining this position. I couldn’t be more pleased, and look forward to traveling with this great quartet. The Hoppers have been wonderful to me and I will always cherish my time with them.”

Trevor will be boarding the MTQ bus on Thursday, July 20, 2017 to begin the next chapter in his musical life. When you see MTQ, be sure to welcome this young man to his new home.

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Mark Trammell Quartet appears at the Great Western Fan Fest

Written by Staff on May 4, 2017 – 7:37 pm -

Mark Trammell Quartet at Great Western Fan Fest. Taken by Derek Simonis.

Mark Trammell Quartet at Great Western Fan Fest. Taken by Derek Simonis.

The Great Western Fan Fest is happening right now in California.

One of the many groups appearing  there is the Mark Trammell Quartet. We are happy to present an image from their performance tonight.

The Great Western Facebook Fest continues through Saturday night.

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Full Steam Ahead for the Mark Trammell Quartet

Written by Staff on January 15, 2017 – 3:02 pm -

 

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell Quartet

Mark Trammell is a legendary figure in this field and has one of the most recognizable baritone voices with a clear and smooth tone. Trammell, an artist many consider one of the greatest quartet men of his time, has graced the Southern Gospel stage for over forty years as of 2016 and shows no sign of slowing down.

Trammell has sung with many great groups including: The Senators, The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision, Gold City, and now his own group, Mark Trammell Quartet. After leaving Gold City in 2002, Trammell decided to form his own group, The Mark Trammell Trio.

Trammell’s son Nick has a unique perspective of the early days of the group. “I could write a book on the formation of this ministry from my perspective,” Nick explains. “To keep it short, every single detail that needed to be in place, every door that needed to be opened, and every sign that needed to be given, Mark Trammell Quartettook place with only the willingness of my father to take the step of faith away from what was comfortable, into what he felt like God was calling him to do.

“I can remember standing in our driveway the week after he left Gold City. He said look around you and remember this moment. There was literally nothing there to start a group with. No other singers, no sound system, no mode of transportation, not even a microphone. Within three months, most of that was provided with little more than prayer and patience. I still to this day stand in the driveway and look around every once in a while to remind myself of what we have seen God orchestrate.” 

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Blake Buffin is On The Couch With Fouch

Written by Staff on January 5, 2016 – 9:48 am -

Blake Buffin with the Mark Trammell Quartet

Blake Buffin with the Mark Trammell Quartet

Happy New Year to everybody. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I’m looking forward to the interviews in 2016. I think you’re going to love them. I have interviews with Michael Booth, Gary Casto, Eric Bennett and more coming in 2016. To start off the new year, I wanted to introduce you to Mark Trammell Quartet’s newest member, Blake Buffin. Blake is my first cousin and is a fantastic tenor singer. If you haven’t heard him yet, do not miss an opportunity to go hear the group. Here is my interview with Blake. Enjoy and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about the interview.

 

 

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On the couch with fouch
Thanks for being a faithful watcher and God bless!!

— Matt Fouch, On The Couch With Fouch

 

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About Blake Buffin (From the Mark Trammell Quartet website

“Blake Buffin grew up in Stow, Ohio and first sang in the church choir at age 18. As time went on, he began singing in the church quartet, performing as a soloist and special guest at churches and events in the surrounding area. After taking private voice lessons through a teacher at Kent State University, Blake sang for the Stow Symphony Orchestra Chorus including classical pieces such as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Requiem and the tenor solos for Handel’s Messiah. Classical artists like Andrea Bocelli, Alessandro Sofina and The Tenors developed Blake’s love for music, but it was David Phelps of the Gaither Vocal Band who inspired Blake to sing the tenor part. “I love the classical flair to his voice,” says Blake. After Blake met and courted his future wife, he proposed in August of 2014 on their way to a Southern Gospel concert! Blake and Lauren were married July 18, 2015 and now reside in Rainbow City, Alabama.”

 


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Second Half Quartet Goes On The Road!

Written by Staff on October 20, 2015 – 12:26 pm -

Second Half Quartet

Second Half Quartet

Audiences love to hear The Mark Trammell Quartet and Greater Vision, and often when these two groups get together, Pat Barker will join them to

Second Half Quartet

Second Half Quartet

create the Second Half Quartet. With just piano and bass guitar accompaniment, this group made up of Gerald Wolfe, Chris Allman, Mark Trammell, Rodney Griffen and Pat Barker sing Gospel favorites, to the delight of the crowd.

Yesterday on Facebook, Pat Barker announced that the Second Half Quartet is appearing solo, going on the road to perform for the first time, on March 31, 2016, in Oxford Alabama. For all the details, listen to Pat’s announcement below!

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SGN Scoops’ NQC Review: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Greater Vision, Gold City

Written by Staff on October 5, 2015 – 12:22 pm -

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Ernie Haase-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

SGN Scoops had several roving reporters at NQC this past week, and we are thrilled at the pictures and interviews they obtained. You will be

Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

seeing the fruits of their labors in upcoming SGN Scoops magazine editions, but we wanted you to see some of these live shots now.

Thanks again to all of our writers and photographers, as many of them are also artists that participated in events at the National Quartet Convention. We hope you have enjoyed all of their contributions over the last few days.

Artists that appear hear are members of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound,

Ernie Haase-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Ernie Haase-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Paul Harkey, Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature  Sound

Paul Harkey, Devin McGlamery-Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Mark Trammell, Blake Buffin, Nick Trammell-Mark Trammell  Quartet

Mark Trammell, Blake Buffin, Nick Trammell-Mark Trammell Quartet

Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour

Amber Eppinette, 11th Hour

Grant Gibson, 11th Hour

Grant Gibson, 11th Hour

Chip Pullen-Gold City

Chip Pullen-Gold City

Thomas Nalley, Gold City

Thomas Nalley, Gold City

Scott Inman-Triumphant

Scott Inman-Triumphant

Gerald Wolfe-Greater Vision

Gerald Wolfe-Greater Vision

Chris Allman-Greater Vision

Chris Allman-Greater Vision

Mike Bowling-The Bowling Family

Mike Bowling-The Bowling Family

Hope Bowling-The Bowling Family

Hope Bowling-The Bowling Family

 

Greater Vision, Gold City, 11th Hour, The Bowling Family, Karen Peck and New River, The Whisnants, Mark Trammell Quartet, Triumphant Quartet.

 

Thanks to Craig Harris for these great photos from Saturday night at NQC.

 

For more artist features, photos and stories, stay tuned to SGNScoops’ Facebook page.

Jeff Whisnant-The Whisnants

Jeff Whisnant-The Whisnants

Susan Whisnant-The Whisnants

Susan Whisnant-The Whisnants

Matthew Gooch, Austin Whisnant

Matthew Gooch, Austin Whisnant

 

Karen Peck-Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck-Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck-Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck-Karen Peck and New River

Ricky Brady, Kari Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson-Karen Peck and  New River

Ricky Brady, Kari Gooch, Susan Peck Jackson-Karen Peck and New River


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SGN Scoops at NQC on Thursday Night: Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Trio, More!

Written by Staff on October 2, 2015 – 7:37 am -

Canton Junction

Canton Junction

At SGN Scoops, we love Southern Gospel music and its artists; not sure if you knew that or not! NQC has a lot of them and we have pictures.

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Daniel Ashmore-The Old Paths

Canton Junction, Greater Vision, Old Paths, the Perrys, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Mylon Hayes Family, Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling, Troy Peach, Libbi Perry Stuffle, Tracy Stuffle and the Voices of Lee are all shown here!

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Tim Rackley – Old Paths

SGN Scoops is so proud of all of our contributors every month. Do you know we have artists that share their hearts with us in every issue? Kelly Nelon Clark, David Staton, Dusty Wells, Sherry Anne, Laurette Willis, and the legendary Lou Wills Hildreth all have monthly articles.  We are so thankful for them! If you see them at NQC, tell them how much you enjoy their writing.

The group whose picture is on the top of this feature, Canton Junction, was

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

Doug Roark-The Old Paths

the cover feature in our August edition. Craig Harris wrote the feature and he also provides us with these terrific photographs.

We have many wonderful writers that do their very best to bring the best of the Gospel music world to you every month. Bethany Cook, Candi Combs, Dan Duncan, Dean Adkins, Erin Stevens, Jaquita Lindsey, Jennifer Campbell, Justin Gilmore, Justin McLeod, Lorraine Walker, Lynn Mills, Marcie Gray, Matt Baker, Paige Givens, Randall Hamm, Robert York, Roger Barkley Jr., Roger Speers, Rhonda Wooten, Selena

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Gerald Wolfe and Greater Vision

Day, Sheri LaFontaine, Timmy Williamson, Tina Wakefield, Vivian Belknap, and Vonda Easley all share their talents with us. We are so proud of all that they do!

Thank you for reading SGN Scoops magazine every month. Be sure to share each edition with your friends and family, and to let all of our contributors know how much you enjoy their features!

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan  Walker, Mike Bowling

Joseph Habedank, Nick Trammell, Loren Harris, Bryan Walker, Mike Bowling

For the September edition of SGN Scoops magazine with the cover story on the super Gaither Vocal Band, click

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Kennedy Hayes and the Mylon Hayes Family

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Wendy and Mylon Hayes

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Matt Hagee and Canton Junction

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Troy Peach

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi  Stuffle

Nick Trammell, Mike Bowling, Loren Harris, Libbi Stuffle

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

Tracy Stuffle, Andrew Goldman

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Loren Harris

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

Nick, Charlie, Mark Trammell

here. Look for the October edition

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

Voices Of Lee

 

coming soon!


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NQC KICKS OFF TODAY IN PIGEON FORGE, TN!

Written by Staff on September 28, 2015 – 11:39 am -

NQC Sunday Night 2015

NQC Sunday Night 2015

Bonus Sunday Evening Concert Sets The Stage for Thousands of Gospel Music Fans

Pigeon Forge, TN (September 28, 2015) – Over 40,000 gospel music fans are set to descend on the town of Pigeon Forge, TN as the 2015 edition of the NQC is set to officially start today.
Hoppers NQC 2015

Hoppers NQC 2015

Last night – Sunday, September 28, 2015 – early arrivers enjoyed a bonus evening concert by the top names in gospel music including The Hoppers, Mark Trammell Quartet, Greater Vision, the Jim Brady Trio and Tim Lovelace.

The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN – a $45 million special events facility – serves as the host for gospel music’s

Connie Hopper NQC 2015

Connie Hopper NQC 2015

largest annual event.

The NQC was founded in 1857 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.
Featured artists are a “Who’s Who” of gospel music, and nightly concerts feature up to 20 acts. Among them are the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Triumphant and the Collingsworth Family, as well as prominent soloists such as Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb.
Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

Mark Trammell Qt NQC 2015

Special events during the week include the Singing News Fan Awards, a fan-voted program of Singing News Magazine, on Sept. 30, the keynote address by Dr. David Jeremiah on Oct. 2, the Cathedrals’ Family Reunion featuring several alumni of gospel’s most celebrated group on Sept. 30 and a Gospel Music Hymn Sing hosted by

Greater Vision NQC 2015

Greater Vision NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe NQC 2015

Gerald Wolfe on Oct. 3.


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