- 11th Hour came right out of the gate and turned in one of the best performances of the evening to open the show. The one miss is I wish they would’ve staged the new single, “He Welcomes The Beggar”.
- I’m glad the convention board saw fit to give the Isaacs a 30 minute set. With this being their only night on the convention stage. Sonya nearly veered off track generalizing about politics, but re-steered back to the music.
- Karen Peck and New River closed the night on a strong note. I always enjoy hearing, “On The Banks Of The Promised Land”.
- It was fun seeing Connie Hopper on the piano during the first verse and chorus of “Never Grow Old”.
- Joseph Habedank is Southern Gospel’s next big singer/songwriter, following in the footsteps of greats like Squire Parsons. His set tonight is about as good as it gets.
- One of the speakers tonight made a statement I found a bit odd. In talking about America, he mentioned (and I’m paraphrasing) that if things don’t change, our kids won’t grow up in the same America we grew up in. Of course they won’t. Things are constantly changing. When I was a kid in the 1980’s it was nothing like the 1950’s, the decade my mother was a kid.
- The other big miss tonight was me. I am at that point in the week where I’ve hit NQC fatigue.
**Now to crown the best of the night:
Best single song performances (in order of appearance): (1) “He Rows Me Over The Tide” – 11th Hour (2) “I’m Listening For The Shout” – Browders (3) “Never No Never” – Joseph Habedank (4) “The Beauty Of The Blood” – Joseph Habedank (**Favorite song performance of the evening) (5) “Rocks” – Isaacs (6) “I Love You More” – Isaacs (7) “Greatest Of All Miracles” – Jim Brady Trio (8) “Amazing God” – Triumphant Quartet (9) “On The Banks Of The Promised Land” – Karen Peck and New River
Best Set of the Night: The set I enjoyed the most this evening was Joseph Habedank.