Notes and comments from Daniel’s Siblings:
Are we just missing something, or are they not having Compassion International ad segments this year?
The Christmas segment started the same as last year, so we think we’ll call it a night!
11:15: Hoppers. They kicked off with “Jerusalem.” We are still not used to Mike’s new hair color, but he sure is burning calories playing the drums! On a reprise of “I’ve Come to Far to Look Back,” Connie called Taranda Greene up to sing a harmony part with Dean and Kim Hopper. “Something’s Happening” included six vocalists, and seemingly five parts–Taranda Greene sang a part above Kim Hopper!!! Their set concluded with “I Wanna Hear the Angels”
10:50: Mark Trammell Quartet. They sang “Too Much to Gain to Lose” in honor of Ray Flynn, a promoter who is “King of the Carolinas” and is recovering from cancer surgery that the doctors report was successful. “I’m Standing on the Solid Rock” was encored and received a standing ovation. They concluded their set with the “Golden City Tour Medley.” According to the NQC schedule, this is MTQ’s last performance of the week, so we assume it is also Dustin Sweatman’s last, since he was shortly going to be the Choir Program Director for a university. We will miss you, Dustin. God bless you in your new position!
10:15: Triumphant. Scotty talked about his daughter Embry who spent the first week of her life in ICU. She is now doing better and at home. Scotty sang ["Only God Knows Why"?] a cappella, saying it was a song that ministered to them in this crisis. This was a very moving moment. On the next song the hankies came out!
9:54: Crists. Is Breana’s hair a wig or hat or real hair? We’ve never seen such a color! (They are singing “O Happy Day” but we are distracted!)
9:27: Bill Gaither & Friends segment. How will they need to revise their Presidential Cabinet joke now that Gordon Mote doesn’t travel with them anymore? Well, Mr. Gaither is thinking of adding Gerald Wolfe to the cabinet, and Kevin Williams recommends him for Director of Commerce, “If anyone can balance a budget it’s him.” Sisters had the first segment of “Bill Gaither and Friends” and started with an excellent a capella rendition of “For Thou, O Lord, Art a Shield for Me.”
After some technical difficulties the Isaacs took the second segment of Gaither and Friends. Their drummer, Nathan Fauscett, sits on and bangs a box type drum is nicknamed “spicket” according to Sonya. On “The Three Bells” (aka “Little Jimmy Brown”), Bill Gaither came up and joined them. “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” strikes home with many in an audience and seemed to be well received at NQC also. The Isaacs segment closed with an a capella rendition of “I Will Praise Him.”
The Booth Brothers sang, “Played in a Band” at the special request of Bill Gaither.
The Nelons, and the Gaither Vocal Band completed the segment. Towards the end Bill Gaither officially announced to the NQC that he had hired Matthew Holt as the pianist. He said that Tracy and Libbi [Stuffle] highly recommended him!
7:25: Perrys. They started their segment with “Everywhere I Go”. Joseph Habedank was not there for the beginning of the song. We were trying to figure out why they sounded so different. Toward the end of the song, he came bounding up the stairs completing their sound. (The set had been started early.) Their next song was “Celebrate Me Home.” On the screen they showed pictures of Southern Gospel Heroes who have already gone Home. Tracy introduced “When He Spoke to Me” by saying that many people including lead Joseph Habedank had been requesting they cut this song.
6:44: Dixie Echoes. There are three new members of the Dixie Echoes since the last NQC, but the quartet still has that trademark “Dixie Echoes” sound, singing around two microphones. Randy gave his usual speech about folks only wanting to hear the tenor and bass, so after being in the quartet 43 years, he found something unique–guitar features. He proceeded to play “Happy Rhythm.” The crowd did seem to really like it! Bass Jordan James was featured on “Roll On Jordan.” They closed their set with “Little is Much.”
6:20: Tribute Quartet. “Good News from Jerusalem” seems destined to become a hit–maybe even a signature song for Josh Singletary. He really gets into the song communicating and demonstrating with hand gestures–we particularly like the one for “called.” “The Song Heaven” features a wonderful tight blend. It was encored with the audience singing another chorus with the group. They closed their set with “Homesick Angel.”
5:49: Triumphant. “Saved By Grace” kicked the night’s festivities off! It’s a great song to get the crowd in the mood for the continued excellent singing of the night!
5:47: Omega. Showcase winners Omega was joined by the Kingdom Heir’s Jeff Chapman for their rendition of “No Bones About it”Read More