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National Quartet Convention announces passing of Phil Brower

Written by Staff on May 7, 2020 – 6:23 am -

National Quartet Convention announces passing of Phil Brower

Phil Brower

From the Facebook page of the National Quartet Convention on May 7, 2020:

“The National Quartet Convention is sad to report the passing of long-time NQC and Singing News Fan Awards producer, Phil Brower. Phil’s talents and accomplishments were as diverse as they were many. Beginning as a performer with the Spurrlows, Phil would move on to creative and management positions with the Zondervan Corporation and would also become Worship Pastor at one of the largest churches in Michigan. Phil was also the creative force behind Gaither Homecoming Radio and produced several TV specials for TBN. His drive and commitment were unwavering, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him.”

National Quartet Convention announces passing of Phil Brower

Phil and Lynne

Phil Brower was being treated for metastatic pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, and daughters, Shelley and Shannon, as well as several grandchildren.

Phil behind the scenes at National Quartet Convention

Please be in prayer for the family and friends of Phil Brower.

 

 


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UPDATED!! NQC Spring Break To Be Held April 23 & 24, 2020

Written by Staff on March 25, 2020 – 7:48 am -

NQC Spring Break To Be Held April 24 & 25, 2020

NQC – The National Quartet Convention

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (March 24, 2020) – NQC (the National Quartet Convention) has announced that NQC’s Spring Break festival will now be held on April 23 & 24, 2020. The fourth annual event will once again be held at First Baptist Church in Sevierville, TN. Produced by NQC – Gospel Music’s Largest annual event drawing nearly 40,000 from 40 states and half dozen foreign countries to its annual fall festival at the end of September – NQC Spring Break is designed to give gospel music fans a taste of the big fall convention and give gospel music fans an opportunity to enjoy the Smoky Mountains in the Spring as well as the fall.
Featured on the event this year will be last year’s biggest winners at the annual Singing New Fan Awards, the Triumphant Quartet as well as Dollywood’s host group, the Kingdom Heirs, both of whom reside in Sevier County. Also featured will be many artists often featured on the popular Gaither Homecoming series such as the Hoppers, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim & Melissa Brady along with the very popular Primitive Quartet and Singing News Fan Awards two-time Soloist of the Year, Joseph Habedank.
In addition to these popular Gospel Music artists, the event will also feature an appearance by the East Tennessee Mass Choir featuring the choir members of First Baptist Sevierville, and several other area choirs. Being lead by First Baptist Sevierville Worship Pastor, Scott Andrews, the choirs will be performing a special to open the second half as well as singing with several of the featured artists.

A packed house at 2019’s NQC Spring Break in Sevierville, TN. Photo by Chip Woods
NQC organizers are set to make an exciting announcement about the future of the Spring event during both the Thursday night and Friday night performances.
The event takes place April 23 & 24, 2020 at First Baptist Sevierville.  Door open at 4:00 and the concerts start at 6:00 p.m. each night.  Additional information can be found at www.nqconline.com
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NQC HEADS FULL STEAM AHEAD INTO WEEKEND

Written by Staff on September 28, 2017 – 6:13 pm -

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 28, 2017) – It has been an exciting week already as NQC’s 60th anniversary celebration has been marked with moments of patriotism and unity underscored by a talented array of the best in Gospel music – and it’s only just begun!

Sunday began with a special “Welcome Concert” followed by a Monday night full of patriotism. The US Army Quartet performed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and “God Bless The USA,” at the request of NQC VP, Clarke Beasley, which recieved  thunderous appplause from the crowd.
NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

With the controversies surrounding the anthem, the NQC audience sent a clear message of support, patriotism, love of country and love of God. And, it wasn’t just the audience in attendance

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

that took note. The moment grabbed the attention from local and national media outlets including the Independent Journal ReviewFox News’ Todd StarnesWVLT and more.

The night continued to inspire with performances including a very special treat – the reunion of Squire Parsons and the Kingsmen Quartet, peforming hit after hit, including the iconic song, “Beulah Land.” The evening was hosted by Riley Harrison Clark and Lauren Talley.
NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Tuesday afternoon delievered a first: the SGMA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Benefit Concert featuring the inductions of Troy Burns, Randy Shelnut, LaBreeska Hemphill, and Tony Greene; and performances from The Guardians, Jim Brady Trio, Hoppers, Kingdom Heirs, Karen Peck & New River, Second  Half Quartet, Triumphant Quartet and Tribute. The afternoon was hosted by SGMA Hall of Fame member, Dr. Jerry Goff.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Tuesday evening was hosted by Joseph Habedank and Katie Erwin, infusing a youthful joy and excitement into every moment during the night. There were performances from Jason Crabb, The Perrys, Jim Brady Trio, McKameys, Dixie Melody Boys, Talleys, and more.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Special clips celebrating the 60th Anniversary of NQC were shared through the evening, including vintage video of The Rambos and Blackwood Brothers. Scott Fowler took the entire time allotted to Legacy Five to highlight the amazing testimony of their new piano player Josh Townsend (JT). There wasn’t a dry eye in the building as Josh shared his incredible journey, ending with the song “God’s Been Good.” (See previously released video here.)

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

There was no time for slowing down as NQC hit mid-week. Wednesday brought a momentous Hoppers Brothers Reunion and the anticipated Singing New Fan Awards. Wednesday evening concerts included performances by Freedom Quartet, Jonathan Wilburn, Gold City, the Guardians, Kingdom Heis, Jeff & Sheri Easter, LeFevre Quartet, the Whisnants and many more with vintage NQC memories of the Imperials and the Speer Family.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

Aaron Wilburn will lead the way with comedy and music as we journey into Thursday and excitment is in the air as Bill Gaither returns to NQC, bringing with him his Homecoming Friends and the Gaither Vocal Band.

NQC photos by Craig Harris

Photos by Craig Harris

This evening is sure to be a hit – with hosts Park Webb and Hannah Webb guiding us through the night of performances from the Gaither Vocal Band, an Inspirations Reunion, the Nelons, Isaacs, Greater Vision, GMA Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Legacy Five, the Mylon Hayes Family, Booth Brothers and so many more!

NQC 60th Anniversary photos may be accessed at Facebook.com/NQConline and may be downloaded for use. The event is being held at the LeCeonte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN until Saturday, September 30, 2017.
NQC 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 before moving to Pigeon Forge, TN recently.
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Chapel Valley thanks Media for a great Year

Written by Staff on September 28, 2017 – 6:46 am -

Chapel Valley celebrates media and DJs during nqc

Chapel Valley celebrates media and DJs during NQC

This morning, Thursday, September 28, Chapel Valley Music Group brought DJs and media together for a celebratory breakfast. This NQC tradition is always highly anticipated  by media and radio personalities.

Chapel Valley thanks Media for a great Year

Chapel Valley thanks Media for a great Year

Shane Roark and Richard Hyssong from Chapel Valley engaged the crowd in food, fun, and fellowship.

Participants enjoyed an extensive buffet breakfast as well as games and prizes.

Coastal Media CEO Rob Patz, owner of SGNScoops and WPIL FM, and DJ of Highway 9, along with Vonda Easley from WPIL FM, were invited to join in the festivities.

Chapel Valley thanks Media for a great YearEasley and Patz were presented with special Tennessee ball caps as they were from out-of-state. Patz, from Seattle, is usually noted as the personality who has traveled the farthest to attend NQC and this major annual event.

Chapel Valley thanks Media for a great YearPatz noted, “It is always enjoyable to attend the breakfast put on by Shane and Richard. We really appreciate the Chapel Valley folks. Plus, they always give away cool stuff. Thanks so much guys from SGNScoops and WPIL FM.”

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JOSEPH HABEDANK WINS FAVORITE SOLOIST AWARD AT SINGING NEWS FAN AWARDS DURING NQC 2017

Written by Staff on September 27, 2017 – 3:06 pm -

 
Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 27, 2017) – Just moments ago, during the Singing News Fan Awards, Joseph Habedank was awarded the Favorite Soloist Award. The ceremony was held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 during the NQC’s 60th Anniversary being held at Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center.

To say that Habedank was surprised is an understatement. “I am honored, shocked and humbled,” Habedank said. “Thank you to those who voted, thanks to my wife Lindsay who is my rock, and thank you to everyone who has encouraged me along the way. To God be all the glory.”
The award comes in the midst of a very busy year for Habedank, as he’s released a new project, set out on a new tour and wrote the title track to country superstar Reba’s new inspirational album “Sing It Now,” among other activities. 
 
Joseph Habedank Daywind recording artist Joseph Habedank is a multi award-winning and Dove Award nominated singer/songwriter. Joseph has a powerful testimony that has been featured on FoxNews.com’s Spirited, was a member of one of Southern Gospel’s favorite family groups, the Perrys, and shared his songs in some of America’s greatest churches, including the Brooklyn Tabernacle and Charles Stanley’s First Baptist Atlanta.
On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut solo release, Welcome Home, he was awarded Singing News Magazine’s New Soloist of the Year in 2014. Additionally, he was awarded Young Artist of the Year in 2009 by the fans of Gospel Music and Songwriter of the Year at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2011. His songs have been recorded by such artists as: Reba McEntire (“Sing It Now”), Brian Free & Assurance, Karen Peck & New River, The Hoppers, Ivan Parker, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and many more. He has helped write two nationally charted #1 songs and in 2010, “If You Knew Him” (written with Rodney Griffin) was nominated for Southern Gospel Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards and won the Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year. He was also nominated for Singing News Magazine’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Lead Singer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for three consecutive years.
Joseph Habedank releases Welcome Home

Joseph Habedank releases Welcome Home

Welcome Home featured two Top 5 singles (“Never No Never” and “Beauty of the Blood”), as well as two Top 10 singles (“Big Enough” and “Welcome Home,” his latest release.)

Joseph currently resides just outside Nashville, TN with his wife, Lindsay.  

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MONDAY NIGHT NQC MARKED BY UNITY AND PATRIOTISM 

Written by Staff on September 26, 2017 – 3:26 pm -

NQC Monday night. Photo by Craig Harris

 NQC mainstage. Photo by Craig Harris

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 25, 2017) – The first full night of NQC was marked by themes of unity and patriotism. The event welcomed the United States Army Quartet to perform the National Anthem. With respect and admiration, approximately 10,000 people showed honor and gratitude as the quartet performed. Immediately following the National Anthem, they were asked to perform “God Bless The USA.” It’s safe to say that the NQC audience demonstrated respect and honor for this great country we are blessed to live in and those who have fought for our freedom.

Photo by Craig Harris

Throughout the night, themes of unifying the body of Christ and love of God and country were included in many of the artist performances

Official NQC photos are being posted and shared via the official Facebook:www.Facebook.com/NQConline.
NQC Monday night. Photo by Craig Harris

Photo by Craig Harris

NQC, celebrating it’s 60th Anniversary this year, is being held at Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center until Saturday, September 30, 2017.

NQC 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,

NQC Monday night. Photo by Craig Harris

 Photo by Craig Harris

KY where it was held for 20 years before moving to Pigeon Forge, TN recently.

For more information, visit www.NQConline.com.

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NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Written by Staff on September 25, 2017 – 3:06 pm -

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Vonda Easley of SGNScoops

The National Quartet Convention is now being presented at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. From now until the end of the week, SGNScoops would like to meet and talk to as many artists as we can!

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Guy Penrod

Rob Patz, CEO of Coastal Media and Publisher of SGNScoops, and Vonda Easley, Advertising and Sales, will be at the NQC beginning on Tuesday night.

Patz and Easley will have a limited number of free SGNScoops Newspapers to distribute, so friends and fans are encouraged to look for them at the LeConte Center.

NQC Artists: Meet SGNScoops publisher Rob Patz and advertising rep Vonda Easley

Rob Patz and Vonda Easley

If artists would like to meet and speak with these SGNScoops personalities,  they are encouraged to email them as soon as possible. Rob Patz can be reached at rob@sgnscoops.com and Vonda Easley vonda@sgncoops.com.

Thank you for your support of SGNScoops magazine.  Be sure to also wish Rob Patz a belated happy birthday.

Enjoy NQC week!

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NQC Moment: Jim Brady Trio

Written by Staff on October 2, 2016 – 11:15 am -

Jim Brady Trio

Jim Brady Trio

The Jim Brady Trio sings its first hit, “Steppin’ Out In Faith.” #NQC2016. Click here to watch the Jim Brady Trio.

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FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR NQC 2016!

Written by Staff on September 23, 2016 – 10:54 am -

NQC

NQC

Pigeon Forge, TN Readies to Welcome Thousands of Gospel Music Lovers for Annual Convention

Pigeon Forge, TN (September 22, 2016) – Organizers and event staff are busily making final preparations to welcome thousands of gospel music lovers to the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN for NQC 2016.

The city of Pigeon Forge, TN will welcome an estimated 40,000 fans to the area as they enjoy concerts and festivities planned during NQC, held the week of September 25 – October 1, 2016.

Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge serves as the home for the annual convention – a $45 million special events facility that opened in 2013. The center’s primary space will be configured for 11,000 seats for the NQC, with no seat more than 150 feet from the stage.

NQC

NQC

An all-star lineup of gospel music’s “who’s who” are featured throughout the week with showcases and nightly concerts delighting attendees. Highlights of the week include Grammy winner Jason Crabb, GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, and award-winning artists such as the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, Whisnants, the Jim Brady Trio, Mark Trammell Quartet, the Collingsworth Family, Tribute Quartet and many more!

In addition to the evening concerts, a plethora of events and activities await the thousands of gospel music fans throughout the week including the Singing News Fan Awards, Dr. David Jeremiah’s keynote address and more.

Clarke Beasley, Executive Vice President, states: “We are looking forward to another great NQC in Pigeon Forge, and we are confident that attendees and participants will agree that NQC is truly a Gospel Music experience like no other.”

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.

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Annette Bingaman answers SGNScoops’ Fast Five!

Written by Staff on February 23, 2016 – 12:30 pm -

Annette Bingaman

Annette Bingaman

Thank you for joining us for another sampling of the SGNScoops’ Fast Five! Today we chat with Annette Bingaman from southern Illinois. Annette is one of the newest female vocalists on the Southern Gospel scene, although she has been in and around it most of her life. She has been a part of groups and choirs while living in Louisville and dreaming of singing at the National Quartet Convention.

Annette has now released two recordings as a soloist and has sung on the stages of both the National Quartet Convention and the Great Passion Play.

Join us as we ask Annette the SGNScoops’ Fast Five!

SGN: Annette, tells us all about your ministry.

Annette: My ministry is focused on touching hearts and offering comfort and peace to those who are suffering or searching for something to fill a void. I long to be used as His vessel in finding a love like none other: The unconditional love of God.

SGN: You have a new radio single! Tell us about the song and why you chose it?

Annette Bingaman

Annette Bingaman

Annette: This song, “I’ll Trust You with Tomorrow,” was written by Dianne Wilkinson. It is a very personal song to all of us with a powerful message the world needs to hear today. We take our burdens to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to take care of the situation, but we have a hidden agenda on how He should take care of it. When the situation is not taken care of the way we think it should be, we allow ourselves to worry and fret about it, stealing our joy.

God does not always work on the frontline, but many times on the sidelines or in the background. If we would just learn to “Trust Him with tomorrow and pray about today,” what an act of faith we would emanate to our Heavenly Father. Faith is rewarded. I pray the Lord’s blessings on each of you as you listen to the words of this song.

SGN: Will you please share your testimony with us?

Annette: I have been singing in church since I was a very small girl of about six years of age. A true sincerity for serving the Lord was placed in my life through my amazing parents. My dad was always a very active assistant to the pastor in our church as well as an amazing singer, and my mother wrote many songs, as well as played the piano. Even today, my father (now 93 years old) and my mother (now 80 years old), still play the same active parts in our church with my dad still singing solos and my mother still playing the piano. Their amazing examples placed something in my heart. Then, at the age of 10, I asked the Lord to come into my heart.

I have had tests and trials I have had to go through in my life; I have had struggles and heartaches, as we all have; but the one thing that has always remained true is the love I have always felt from the Lord, and the love I have kept in my heart for the Lord – the sincere desire to help others, to serve the Lord with a servant’s heart, to show my Heavenly Father how grateful I am to Him for the ultimate sacrifice He gave when He gave His only begotten Son for me and for you.

In return, it is my humble honor to offer my life, my talents, my voice for Him to use as His vessel. I cannot imagine the pain He must feel each time He sees us turn the wrong way, take the wrong path, or fall by the wayside. My prayer is that my ministry will help direct those who might have lost their way back to Him, for one day I would like to hear Him say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

SGN: If our readers would like to book you or purchase product, how can they do that?

Annette: If our readers would like to contact me they can contact me through www.annette-bingaman.com .

SGN: What are some of your goals for your ministry for 2016?

Annette: I have a goal in 2016 to get on the road and touch as many hearts in as many churches across the United States as I am blessed to visit. I would like the United States to find out who “Annette Bingaman” is, and see and feel the sincerity of my heart. If the Lord sees fit to bless my ministry in making it on the charts this year, then to God be the glory.

Thanks so much to Annette Bingaman for being a part of this edition of SGNScoops’ Fast Five! We hope all of our readers have enjoyed getting to know this fine soloist.

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