- Triumphant Quartet continues to prove why they are fan favorites. Their set was cohesive from beginning to end and vocally one of the best sounding groups of the night.
- It is good to see Mylon Hayes training up his children on how to sing properly. The same lessons he got from his mom and dad, Lucy and Howard Hayes. It is nice to see the Hayes Family legacy continue in Southern Gospel music.
- Speaking of being taught to sing properly, how about the Renaissance Quartet. These young adults schooled many of the established groups on the stage tonight in terms of harmony, diction and singing on key. Great job!
- Jeff & Sheri Easter also turned in one of the best sets of the evening. Singing material from their newest recording Small Town. “Jesus Loves You” is easily one of the best recorded songs of 2015.
- But one song that may have that beat is Karen Peck & New River’s “Pray Now”. It will be hard pressed to find another song that has defined 2015 for Southern Gospel music. The group showed off newest male vocalist, Ricky Braddy. While he went a little too far vocally with “Were You There”, he still showed what kind of vocalist he is and will be for the group.
- It was nice to hear a couple of classic tunes from Gold City including one that I haven’t heard in over 20 years. They opened with “Gettin’ Ready To Leave”, which was originally recorded by the group on their 1983 recording, I Think I’ll Read It Again. Will we find this on a future Gold City recording?
- Classic quartet music was provided by Freedom Quartet who opened with “One Way Flight”. I have always enjoyed this song.
- The program was only running ten minutes behind tonight. Not too bad.
- I am really not in the business of giving history lessons but Scott Fowler, I am going to have to call you out. While the founding fathers may have used Judeo-Christian principles, they never intended to establish a national religion that all citizens/government had to follow. The United States has never been nor is currently a Theocracy. Please go and read the writings of John Adams, James Madison (author of the Constitution), Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson on what their actual thoughts/views were on religion and the separation of church and state. Thomas Jefferson was a deist who did not believe that Jesus was the Messiah or the incarnate Son of God. All of these men were instrumental in providing counsel on both the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. I guess the truth can be inconvenient when you’re trying to generate revenue.
- Why does the Convention board feel the need to trounce out Fox News correspondents just about every year. Again, for revenue’s sake, a man peddling a book about something that is not even happening in America. These same individuals were touting this falsehood thirty years ago. Give me just one instance of legitimate Christian persecution in America and I will reconsider my thoughts.
- Not to raise an issue of sexism, but why does every night of the NQC have father and sons as emcees? I have zero problems with that but couldn’t they have switched it up and also had mothers and daughters emcee several nights.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “The Sweetest Words He Ever Said” – Mylon Hayes Family (2) “Jesus Loves You” – Jeff & Sheri Easter (3) “Go Out Singing” – Whisnants (4) “Love Them To Jesus” – Old Paths (5) “Pray Now” – Karen Peck & New River (*Best Individual Performance of the Night) (6) “Gettin’ Ready To Leave” – Gold City (7) “Jesus Will” – Wilburn & Wilburn (8) “I’m Standing On The Solid Rock” – Renaissance Quartet (9) “Because He Loved Me” – Triumphant Quartet
Best Set of the Night: A very nice close to the evening. Best set goes to Triumphant Quartet.