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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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Updated: Pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations

Written by Staff on September 27, 2018 – 5:35 pm -

Just announced to pray for Matt Dibler. I think I got that right, if the Inspirations. Was in a car accident this aft. He has been airlifted to Knoxville. - Matt Dibler

Inspirations at NQC 2018

News from the National Quartet Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:

Just announced (Thursday,  September 27, 2018):  Please pray for Matt Dibler of the Inspirations. Dibler was in a car accident this afternooon. He has been airlifted to Knoxville.

Matt Dibler

Matt Dibler

Please pray for Matt Dibler and his family.

Updayed at 10:00 p.m. EST from the Inspirations Facebook page :

“Thanks for all of the calls and prayers for our lead singer, Matt Dibler, who was in a car accident today. He is in the hospital for observation with a broken rib over his heart and a fractured knee cap. We will post updates as we know them. Please keep Matt in your prayers.”

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NQC: IT’S ALMOST HERE!!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 22, 2018 – 4:08 pm -

NQC: IT'S ALMOST HERE!!

NQC: IT’S ALMOST HERE!!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (September 22, 2018) – In less than 24 hours, thousands of Gospel music fans will descend upon the town of Pigeon Forge, TN and surrounding areas for Gospel music’s largest annual event, NQC – the National Quartet Convention!

The 61st Anniversary edition of NQC will take place from Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. Over 40,000 people are expected to enjoy the event. Full schedule details may be found at www.NQConline.com.
Organizers, crew and event staff are putting the final touches on Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center in preparation for a full week of non-stop activities, music, food, fun, and fellowship.
Among the special highlights this year are:
  • Inaugural Appearance by Dr. Robert Jeffress
  • Bill Gaither & the Gaither Vocal Band
  • The Gaither Homecoming Sing-a-Long
  • SGMA Hall of Fame Induction and Benefit Concert featuring the 2018 inductions of Ann Downing, Tracy Stuffle, Mark Trammell, Norman Wilson
  • Singing News Fan Awards
  • Inspiring Chapel services
  • Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Gerald Wolfe’s Hymn Sing
  • Quartet Matinee Extravaganza
  • More than 100 of your favorite Gospel artists
  • and so much more!
In addition, NQC’s main stage will be filled with Gospel music’s best and brightest along with new artists making their mark, including: Hoppers, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Tribute Quartet, McKameys, Erwins, Joseph Habedank, Legacy Five, Guardians, Kingdom Heirs, Jeff & Sheri Easter and many more!
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.
For schedule, admission and all other information, visit www.NQConline.com.

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NQC: The Song Goes On!

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 28, 2018 – 8:50 am -

NQC: The Song Goes On!

NQC: The Song Goes On!

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. – Organizers for the 61st Anniversary edition of NQC – the National Quartet Convention – are busily preparing for thousands of music fans to descend on Pigeon Forge, TN for Gospel music’s largest annual event.

Pigeon Forge, TN’s LeConte Center will once again host the event from Sunday, September 23, 2018 – Saturday, September 29, 2017. More than 40,000 people are expected to enjoy NQC’s 61st event.
Among the special highlights this year are:
  • Inaugural Appearance by Dr. Robert Jeffress
  • Bill Gaither & the Gaither Vocal Band
  • The Gaither Homecoming Sing-a-Long
  • SGMA Hall of Fame Induction and Benefit Concert featuring the 2018 inductions of Ann Downing, Tracy Stuffle, Mark Trammell, Norman Wilson
  • Singing News Fan Awards
  • Inspiring Chapel services
  • Dr. David Jeremiah
  • Gerald Wolfe’s Hymn Sing
  • Quartet Matinee Extravaganza
  • More than 100 of your favorite Gospel artists
  • and so much more!
In addition, NQC’s main stage will be filled with Gospel music’s best and brightest along with new artists making their mark, including: Hoppers, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Jason Crabb, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, McKameys, Erwins, Joseph Habedank, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, Guardians, Kingdom Heirs, Jeff & Sheri Easter and many more!
Clarke Beasley, NQC executive vice-president comments: “We are excited about this year’s NQC and believe Gospel Music fans who attend will have a one of kind experience at Gospel Music’s largest annual event.”
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.
For schedule, admission and all other information, visit www.NQConline.com.

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The Chandlers: Living a Life of Surrender

Written by Staff on May 8, 2018 – 3:26 pm -

Chandlers at the Diamond Awards

Chandlers at the Diamond Awards

The Chandlers are one of the up-and-coming family groups in Southern Gospel music. In the last two years alone they have accomplished great things. In 2015, they were a NQC showcase winner. In 2016, during the Diamond Awards, they received the Sunrise Award. To follow along with these accomplishments, they have also had the honor of singing at NQC and Dollywood, and have even begun their own television show titled, “It’s Your Time, with the Chandlers.” Their group consists of Tim Chandler, and his wife Lana, and their two daughters, Tiffany and Lyndsey.

   

While awards and chart hitting is a dream of many Southern Gospel artists, one major accomplishment the Chandlers have been proud of this year, is a type of ceremony they have included in their scheduled performances. They label this special time as “The Dump.”

 

Chandlers in concert

Chandlers in concert

The Dump is much like an altar call but is so personal and life altering. This is a time where anyone can come to the altar and hold their burdens, insecurities, fears, and their failures in their hands. Tim will pray a special prayer asking God for deliverance. As he prays, he asks that God will take these specific requests and remove them so the person holding them can move past them and further their walk with Christ and no longer be pinned down by these setbacks. As he finishes his prayer, he then counts to three. At the count, everyone then turns their hands and dumps their specific concerns at the altar to be left and not picked up again.

   

This ceremony was created when Lana Chandler herself was burdened when a loving family member walked out of her life. Lana said she was broken and dealt with emotional stress for 11 months. During this trying time, Lana said she felt like she was having a hard time trying to minister to people, when she was struggling herself.  

 

ChandlersIt was then she realized she was singing to herself and it was time to practice what she preached. Lana describes this moment and the days that were to come as, “worshipping her way to victory.”

 

In Lana’s own words: “In order to have a burning testimony, ministry, etc., you have to go through the fire.” As Lana dealt with the hurt and burdens from this trial in her life and her family, she focused on her own walk with God and began testifying of how God had delivered her and how she didn’t have to carry this burden anymore.

 

Chandlers Tim and Lana both agreed, that although it is very easy to question God, repentance must come first.  “In order for God to hear us, we need to make sure we are where we need to be with God,” Tim said.

   

As the trial seemed to diminish, Tim and Lana utilized this trial and used what God had done for them, to help others find their own deliverance. By creating this dump ceremony in their performances, they started to see change in people and saw God move each time.

 

Tim preaches using the scripture 1 Corinthians 10:13.  He delivers a message that describes the phrase, “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” as being misunderstood. In fact, this verse reads: “that ye may be able to bear it.”  This is where Tim eludes that God will never leave or forsake us, but while we will face troubles, we have to find a way of escape. God’s plan is not for us to stay in that trying time. They also include one of their songs called, “My Last Tear.”

 

This part of the service has truly proven to be remarkable to the Chandlers. Lana recalls one instance where a woman came to the altar, was prayed over, and dumped her burdens. Lana says she saw the whole demeanor of the woman’s face and countenance changing, and she realized this was truly helping others find deliverance. In one recent service, 12 people were standing at the altar ready to dump their burdens. Lana mentioned that we are all God’s clay and each time someone finds hope in this part of the service, it’s like God putting the clay back on the wheel and saying, “You aren’t going to be that anymore, however I’m going to use you to be something else.”

Chandlers
Since the Chandlers have agreed to make this a part of their service when they feel led and when the Holy Spirit moves, God has also moved for them. The family member in Lana’s life wrote her a letter of apology which began the healing process for Lana. However, the biggest personal move through Christ for Lana was the humbling moment of realizing that because she went through this trial and found deliverance, others will be able to experience the same peace she found in Christ. Lana tells their audiences that, “Life doesn’t stop for our trials and tribulations.” She encourages others to find their hope and rest in Jesus and to give Him their burdens, just like she did.    

 

The Chandlers are still praying for God’s plan and will in their ministry as they continue to travel. They have traveled overseas, to Canada, and all over the United States. They are only a few states shy of covering all 50 states in the U.S.  They are even scheduled to sing in Serbia in 2018. They just released their second single, “Somebody Give Him Some Praise,” from their latest CD.

 

ChandlersWith all the excitement and new beginnings ahead, when you meet a family like the Chandlers you realize their sole purpose in their ministry can be summed up in one word: Jesus. Just as their most requested song is titled, “He Will Come Through,” that is the message behind their music, the purpose behind their special ceremony, and the depiction of who the Chandlers are. A message to everyone that you’ve not gone too far for Jesus, because once you give Him your burdens, He will come through for you.

 

Photographs courtesy of The Chandlers and Meagan Pledger.

By Sarah Murray

First published by SGNScoops Magazine in March 2018

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​TBN RENEWS NQC’S MAIN STAGE ​FOR SEASON FOUR

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on March 21, 2018 – 9:16 am -

 ​TBN RENEWS NQC'S MAIN STAGE ​FOR SEASON FOUR


​TBN RENEWS NQC’S MAIN STAGE ​FOR SEASON FOUR

(Pigeon Forge, TN) – NQC (National Quartet Convention) announced today that TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) has renewed the popular Main Stage TV series for a fourth season.

Hosted by GRAMMY winner Jason Crabb, this season features a brand new look for the popular program, adding red carpet interviews by The Isaacs and backstage moments with the featured artists on each episode. This entertaining new segment complements each featured group’s NQC 2017 onstage performance. Additionally, the town of Pigeon Forge, TN takes center stage as many of your favorite artists take you on a journey through some of the area’s most popular attractions.

“We are excited about season four of Main Stage,” states NQC’s Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley. “This new refreshed format will give viewers the ‘feel’ of actually being at NQC.”
Season four of Main Stage, which has become one of the networks’ most popular programs, will premiere on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 5:30 PM ET on TBN.
For more information on TBN and to find your local channel, visit http://www.TBN.org.
The 61st Anniversary of NQC will commence this year in Pigeon Forge, TN the week of September 23-29, 2018 at the LeConte Center. For more information and tickets for gospel music’s largest annual event, visit www.NQConline.com

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Mark Bishop ‘s “A Different Light,” NQC Live released by Crossroads

Written by Staff on February 28, 2018 – 2:11 pm -

Mark Bishop's "A Different Light," NQC Live released by Crossroads

Mark Bishop’s “A Different Light,” NQC Live released by Crossroads

Arden, NC. (February 23, 2018) –  Crossroads is bringing Southern Gospel fans messages of faith and trust with two new releases available today.

Mark Bishop ‘s A Different Light aptly displays his God-given ability to show listeners a timeless message.

Known as an artist who honestly portrays himself and his faith through self-authored work, Bishop shares new stories in this eclectic wide-ranging album that focuses on themes of faith and refuge, struggle and growth.

The 11-song album is available to download or stream HERE.

Mark Bishop’s “A Different Light,” NQC Live released by Crossroads
Also available today is NQC Live Vol. 17, an exciting DVD / CD package recorded live at the 2017 National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tn.

 

Mark Bishop's "A Different Light," NQC Live released by Crossroads

Mark Bishop’s “A Different Light,” NQC Live released by Crossroads

NQC Live features the very best of today’s gospel artists, like Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim Brady Trio, Triumphant Quartet, The Talleys, The Hoppers, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Joseph Habedank, Kingdom Heirs, Collinsworth Family, Three Bridges, Down East Boys, The Nelons, Greater Vision and 11th Hour and much more!

The special 17-song DVD, which includes some of the week’s highlights is available HERE.

The 14-song album (which is included with the DVD purchase) is available to download HERE.

About Crossroads:
Crossroads is a market leader in the Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, and Americana fields. Established in 1993, following the combination of Horizon Music Group and Sonlite Records, Crossroads now operates several divisions including Crossroads Label Group (Horizon Records, Sonlite Records, Mountain Home Music, Skyland Records, Pisgah Ridge Records, Crossroads Records, and Organic Records), Crossroads Distribution, Crossroads Radio Promotions, Crossroads Publishing Group and Crossroads Recording Studios. Led by a strong executive team of Christian music and Bluegrass music veterans, Crossroads combines cutting-edge technology with creative innovation to connect fans with our artists’ life-changing music.

 

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Check out what Matt Fouch, Pat Barker, Troy Burns, Bryan Elliott, Joseph Habedank, Lynda Randle and the younger contingent of the Mylon Hayes Family had to say about what NQC week is like for them.

Written by scoopsnews on October 1, 2017 – 6:00 pm -

Les Beasley honored at NQC 2017

NQC is over. Did you go?

Check out what Matt Fouch, Pat Barker, Troy Burns, Bryan Elliott, Joseph Habedank, Lynda Randle and the younger contingent of the Mylon Hayes Family had to say about what NQC week is like for them.

 

 


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​LES BEASLEY HONORED AT NQC 2017

Written by Staff on September 30, 2017 – 3:37 pm -

​LES BEASLEY HONORED AT NQC 2017

​Les Beasley honored at NQC 2017

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. ( September 30, 2017)   Beloved Gospel music icon and legend, Mr. Les Beasley was honored for his lifetime of contributions to Gospel Music during NQC’s 60th Anniversary. The presentation occurred today, Saturday, September 30, 2017 during the afternoon showcase, A Tribute to the Gospel Singing Jubilee. Clarke Beasley, son of Les and NQC VP, presented the honor on behalf of the NQC Board of Directors.

 

Les Beasley

Beasley, known for being the lead singer and manager for The Florida Boys, was a pioneer in Gospel Music TV as well. Beasley produced the Gospel Singing Jubilee for over two decades. Under Beasley’s direction, the popular television program aired on Sunday mornings in every major television market in the United States. Millions viewed the show every Sunday where the careers of many of Gospel Music’s most loved artists were launched and some of the most beloved Gospel songs were introduced for the first time.

 
Les Beasley honored at NQC 2017NQC – 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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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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