Doing the two posts this week regarding music from 1992 it got me to thinking about attending my first National Quartet Convention in 1993. This was the last year the NQC was held in Nashville TN. I’ll admit that I was blown away by the grandeur of the event the first time I attended. I pulled out the program from that year and thought I would offer a few thoughts as I leafed through.
(1) Canaan Records and RiverSong Records (Benson) were still involved in Southern Gospel music. (2) The Gaither Vocal Band were releasing Southern Classics. (3) The Speer Family, Florida Boys, Singing Americans, Cathedrals and Nelons were still major players in the industry with full-page ads in the program. (4) The Singing News Fan Award nominees were listed in the program. The song of the year only had five nominees and they included “Do You Know How It Feels” (McKameys), “From The Depths Of My Heart” (Isaacs), “Mention My Name” (Hoppers), “There Rose A Lamb” (Gold City) and “Wedding Music” (Cathedrals). The album of the year nominees in 1993 were Looking For The Wounded (Perfect Heart), Mention My Name (Hoppers), Pillars Of Faith (Gold City), Singing In The Sun (Kingsmen) and With Feeling (McKameys).
With all that has been made over the groups removed from the main stage in 2011, lets take a look at all the main stage performers in 1993. Here is the full list of groups and what night they performed. Many of you newbies to this music won’t know a lot of these performers.