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2010 marked the 53rd Annual National Quartet Convention. The Convention has made its home in the city of Louisville since 1994. Approximately 40,000 people attended 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.
The 2010 National Quartet Convention concluded on Saturday in Louisville, completing one of the most thrilling and exciting weeks in Convention history. Over 40,000 Southern Gospel Music fans, representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries converged upon the city of Louisville, KY, celebrating the 53nd Annual National Quartet Convention and the 100th Anniversary of Southern Gospel Music. This year’s event has featured nearly 50 of the most popular names in Southern Gospel Music, as well as some of the most prominent keynote speakers in the country, including Dr David Jeremiah, Governor Sarah Palin, Journalist Rita Cosby and Dr Charles Stanley, who was featured on Saturday.
The final day of NQC 2010 kicked off at 8:00am with the 2nd Annual Cancer Walk, hosted by popular singer, songwriter, talk show host and cancer survivor, Janet Paschal. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event was open to all NQC attendees, as well as Louisville residents who wanted to participate in the event.
|SOUTHERN GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY|
|The National Quartet Convention commemorated the 100th Anniversary of Southern Gospel with a special, historic event on Saturday, September 18th. The showcase, produced by Daywind Music Group Executive Norman Holland, paid tribute to many of the artists that shaped the genre of Southern Gospel Music throughout the past 10 decades. According to Holland and NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, Showcase segments featured reunion performances by many of Gospel Music’s most legendary recording artists, including:
|GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN HEADLINES THURSDAY’S ACTIVITES DURING NQC|
|Louisville, KY - Author, speaker and political commentator, Sarah Palin was a keynote speaker on Thursday during the week-long National Quartet Convention, taking place at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center in Louisville. Governor Palin will served as the keynote speaker during an hour-long event in Freedom Hall. Palin will spoke for 30 minutes and then spent 30 minutes conducting a question and answer session moderated by Clarke Beasley.Individuals unable to attend the Palin event in person may view the speech on demand through the NQC’s popular webcast, available at www.NQConline.com.For the past three years the NQC has offered the webcasting option to Southern Gospel Music fans unable to attend the event in person. Since partnering with 316 Networks, the NQC Webcast has become one of the Networks’ most successful subscriber webcast. All events taking place in Freedom Hall throughout NQC Week are currently available through the webcast. “We have seen a substantial increase in our subscribership since we first partnered with 316,” Clarke Beasley, NQC Vice President states. “We now have subscribers in nearly every state and more than a half dozen countries.”|
|RITA COSBY MAKES SPECIAL APPEARANCE|
|Popular television journalist Rita Cosby spoke on the Friday night concert sharing the story of her dad with the just released heartwarming story “Quiet Hero.” Following Ms. Cosby’s touching story of her dad’s experience in WWII, Lily Isaacs shared from the stage her families own story of being holocaust survivors from the same town in Poland as Rita’s dad was from.|
|GAITHER HOMECOMING SING-A-LONG|
|The ever-popular Bill Gaither welcomed his homecoming friends to the NQC stage to a enthusiastic audience on Friday afternoon. Mr. Gaither led the crowd and singers in selections from the well-known red back hymnal.|
|SGMG LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR – JUDY NELON and LOU HILDRETH|
|The SGMG (Southern Gospel Music Guild) recognized Booking Agency founder, Lou Wills Hildreth; Publishing Executive, Judy Spencer Nelon with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honor at a special reception held during the 2010 National Quartet Convention in Louisville, KY. SGMG Vice President, Beckie Simmons presented the honors where a group of industry friends and colleagues gathered to share in the special occasion. The afternoon celebration opened with a welcome from NQC Executive Vice President Clarke Beasley, The Nelons sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and host Dr. Jerry Goff well-known for his masterful MC work introduced the presenters who included their congratulations and numerous stories: Beckie Simmons, Jimmy Blackwood, Faye Sheed and a call from Larry Gatlin for his mentor Lou Hildreth contributed to a very heartwarming presentation. Kelly Nelon Clark headed the list of the presenters for Judy Nelon followed by Sue Dodge, Lisa Abraham, Eddie DeGarmo and Aaron Crisler presented red roses to Lou thanking her for mentoring his mentor Judy Nelon who he also presented red roses to: with a heartwarming story of his life since coming into the world of Judy Nelon. Mark Lowry had words of appreciation for both ladies starting with Lou who he told of helping him with her booking agency at the age of 11 when his mom brought him to a concert in Nashville dressed like a flag in red, white and blue. He thanked Judy for her help in making it possible for him to get on a showcase at the famous Christian Artists event in Estes Park, CO where he says “it all started that day and finally landing him with the Gaithers.”|