Southern Gospel Celebrated in the Smokies
Sep 10, 2014
Southern Gospel Celebrated in the Smokies this Fall 2014
Its roots are deep and its fan base is wide – Southern gospel is coming to the Smokies in a big way this fall.
The National Quartet Convention, gospel music’s largest gathering, is set for Sept. 21-27 at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, while the Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration will commence September 22, 2014 - November 1, 2014.
According to Wikipedia.com, gospel music originated from African-American religious heritage and can be traced to the early 17th century. The first published use of the term “gospel song” probably appeared in 1874 when Philip Bliss released the songbook titled “Gospel Songs: A Choice Collection of Hymns and Tunes.”
Southern gospel is also often called “quartet music” by fans due to the original all male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet make-up. Its lyrics consist of dealing with life’s daily problems and seeking God’s guidance. Its strong harmonies often have extremely wide ranges (extremely low bass, falsetto tenor).
Headliners for the National Quartet Convention include the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs and the Mark Trammell Quartet.
The Booth Brothers
The Booth Brothers trio was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for their album “Room for More.” The album was also nominated for two Dove Awards.
Greater Vision has consistently been named Southern gospel’s favorite trio of the year in the Singing News Fan Awards and has recorded numerous Top 10 and No. 1 hit songs. Their songs include “God Wants to Hear You Sing,” “The Blood Hasn’t Ever Changed” and “Heaven Can’t Be Far Away.”
The Michael Frost Trio
The Hoppers are a North Carolina group who performed at Ronald Reagan’s inauguration ceremony in 1981 and frequently appeared on the Gaither Homecoming Tour. Hits include “See How She Loves Him” and “When We Get Home.”
The Kingdom Heirs
The Kingdom Heirs are a quartet based at Dollywood, where they perform multiple shows daily. The group has been nominated for SGMA Awards, Dove Awards and Singing News Fan Awards. Songs include “What We Needed” and “Forever Changed.”
The Mark Trammell Quartet
The Mark Trammell Quartet was founded by Mark Trammell, who formerly sang with The Kingsman, the Gold City Quartet, the Cathedral Quartet and Greater Vision. “I Want to Know” and “It’s Almost Over” are popular hits.
Daytime Showcase passes for Wednesday through Saturday are $20. For the Evening Schedule, doors open at 4 p.m. with concerts starting at 5:30 p.m.
The Sunday Bonus Concert has doors opening at 4 p.m. with the concert starting at 6 p.m.
Evening concerts are $29.
For more information, contact 1-800-846-8499 or visit www.natqc.com.
Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration
The Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration includes handmade arts and crafts and plenty of free concerts.
Crafters from across the country will offer glass jewelry, hand-painted ornaments, wood carving, fiddle and banjo making, textile art, chainsaw carvings, pottery, beeswax painting and more.
The Michael Frost Trio, The Booth Brothers and The Mark Trammell Quartet will also perform, along with Karen Peck and New River, The Ball Brothers, Legacy Five, The Perrys, Brian Free and Assurance and The Isaacs.
Karen Peck and New River is a trio based in Gainesville, Ga. with three Grammy Award nominations and two-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. Their current album, “Revival,” had two consecutive No. 1 hits.
The Ball Brothers are a unique group with a young sound. The 2011 Singing News Horizon Group of the Year’s hits include “It’s About the Cross” and “It’s Gonna Be a Good Day.”
Legacy Five is a quartet known for helping change the face of gospel music. Nominated for 40 Singing News Fan Awards, their songs include “I Stand Redeemed” and “Heroes of the Faith.”
The Perrys are an award-winning quartet based in Gallatin, Tenn. Newest member Bryan Walker is from Sevierville and was a finalist on “American Idol” in 2010. Songs include “I Know a Man Who Can” and “Come On and Join Us.”
Brian Free of Brian Free and Assurance formed his group in 1993 after performing with the Gold City Quartet for 11 years. Hits include “You’ve Got to Pray” and “I Keep Looking Up.”
The Issacs are a country and bluegrass gospel group consisting of a mother, her two daughters, her son and a friend who serves as the group’s instrumentalist and songwriter. Songs include “He Understands My Tears” and “Walk On.”
The event is presented by Humana. For more information, call 1-800-365-5996 or visit www.dollywood.com.
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By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.