Louisville, KY – Author, speaker and political commentator, Sarah Palin served as the keynote speaker on Thursday afternoon at the National Quartet Convention in Louisville. Governor Palin was welcomed to the stage by a thunderous ovation from more than 8,000 attendees. In addition to those attending the event live, it was viewed by subscribers worldwide via the National Quartet Convention’s webcast at

“Politics often divides, but faith unites, and that is what I took away from this event,” one audience member commented when leaving Freedom Hall. During the address, Palin shared of her deep faith, stating “Jesus Christ can turn mourning into dancing. The Lord can take what seems to be life’s greatest challenges and turn them into life’s greatest blessings.  My faith has been a rock.”

Palin went on to state that she grew up listening to Gospel music and was influenced greatly by the music of artists like the Gaithers, who will be featured at the NQC on Friday night. She shared her love for her country and her desire to see our nation turn back to the Godly principles it was founded upon. “Governor Palin shared honestly and candidly from her heart about how her Christian faith has been the primary sustaining force in every difficult circumstance in her life,” NQC Vice President, Clarke Beasley stated following the event.  “She was an inspiration to all of us, and we were all thrilled with her keynote address.”

Special events continue throughout the remainder of the week at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville. Noted evangelist Dr David Jeremiah will be the featured speaker on Friday morning, while Dr Charles Stanley will be featured on Saturday. Concerts will be featured throughout the day and evening on Friday and Saturday with many of Gospel music’s most popular artists scheduled to appear throughout the weekend.  Seats for all evening concerts and afternoon showcases are still available and may be purchased at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center. A complete schedule of events is available at

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About the 2010 National Quartet Convention: This year marks the 53rd Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people will attend the 2010 event, 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.