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    Southern Gospel’s Big Week

    Every September since 1957 the traveling quartets in the genre of  southern gospel have gathered together in one place to celebrate their heritage through performances, and to meet with their fans who have followed them across the country listening to their music in churches and school auditoriums.

    The National Quartet Convention is southern gospel music’s largest event of the year.  NQC 2011, as it is referred to, will be held in Louisville, Kentucky during the week of September 11-17.

    The event began in Memphis, Tennessee, then later moved to Birmingham, Atlanta and Nashville.   The event held now in Louisville brings in more than 60,000 participants.  The exhibit hall contains nearly 500 booths where artists, record labels, booking agents, bookstores and publishers display their wares to attendees and participants.

    The word “quartet” normally means four people singing together as one, but modern southern gospel music, while still called “quartet music,” includes solos, trios, and just about every kind of group imaginable.

    For many people, southern gospel music is thought of as something that their parents or grandparents enjoyed, but with country music gaining wide acceptance in mainstream markets, southern gospel has also begun to enjoy a lot of mainstream success.  Young people enjoy the positive lyrics and energy of the music.  The concert halls are filled with the sounds of quartets singing and hands clapping.  If you have any questions about the appeal of the NQC, just ask one of the 60,000 people attending!

    For more information about this exciting event visit their website at: www.natqc.com.

    For information about southern gospel music visit: www.sgma.org.

    To join JW Pepper’s NEW Southern Gospel e-Club go to: www.jwpepper.com/eclubs.

    Doug McComas
    Music advocate, church choir director, pianist, vocalist, private music teacher, sacred choral editor at J.W. Pepper, supporter of Pepper's southeastern US customers from our store in Georgia

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