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Creekside Gospel Music Convention

Written by SGN Scoops on February 10, 2014 – 12:45 pm -

Nashville, TN (February 10, 2014) Singer/songwriter Kenna Turner West recently returned to Nashville from a performance on the 2014 Country Music Cruise. Hosted by Entertainment Cruise Productions and Time-KennaLife’s Star Vista Entertainment, thousands of Country Music fans from around the world enjoyed daily concerts, interviews, and meet-and-greets by their favorite country stars such as Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Patty Lovelace, Jo Dee Messina, The Gatlin Brothers, and Restless Heart, along with Wade Hayes, T. Graham Brown, Andy Griggs, Ty Herndon, Bryan White, Jamie O’Neal, and The Warren Brothers.

West, the daughter-in-law of country music legend Dottie West, was thrilled to be part of the standing room only George Jones Tribute show hosted by Lorianne Crook and with a special appearance by the late star’s wife, Nancy.

“It was an honor to sing with some of the greatest Country singers and musicians in our industry,” said West of the experience. Kenna’s husband, Kerry, audio engineer for Ronnie Milsap, ran sound for the event, as well as for the Restless Heart shows. “Interestingly, Kerry ran sound for Restless Heart’s showcase twenty-five years ago that landed the group their first record deal, so it was somewhat sentimental for all the guys to work together again,” West added, “To spend time with the Gatlins was a highlight of the trip for us. Since it was Dottie who first brought them to Nashville, there was a lot of story-swapping going on all week.”

For more information about Kenna West, visit www.kennaturnerwest.com or https://www.facebook.com/kenna.west.77


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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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