To start off, this was the first year we attended a chapel service at NQC. In fact, we attended two! Chapel service is held at the Music Road Inn and Convention Center, and it's pretty early in the morning when you consider what time you actually went to bed the night before! We were able to make it on Tuesday morning and Thursday morning, with Greater Vision and the Hoppers, respectively. These are smaller and more informal concert settings, so it's a little special. And when you make the effort to get up early, catch a trolley and get to the convention center, you make sure you're in the spirit to receive a blessing from the service!
One of the other highlights early in the week for me was on Wednesday evening, getting to see the Perry's. Now, I've seen this group many times in the past, but in January of 2013, Tracy Stuffle (bass singer and husband of alto Libbi Stuffle) suffered a stroke. Recovery has been long and hard, so it was incredible to see this group-including Tracy-up on main stage at NQC! And the best part was seeing and hearing Tracy sing!
|Tribute Quartet, one of our favorites!|
Thursday held another first for us; the Singing News Fan Awards. For the past few years these have been held at Dollywood, and prior to that, were always towards the weekend of NQC, and we always left midweek. Needless to say, we were excited about this! This year the presenters were all siblings-brother/sister, brothers and sisters. For example, Chris and Suzanne Taylor, Michael and Ronnie Booth, Madison and Morgan Easter...you get the idea. The award ceremony started out with a surprise-a choir of 12, getting everyone excited and ready to go! Yes, M caught Riley Clark (Tribute) and David Sutton and Clayton Inman (Triumphant) for pictures beforehand. It's not everyday you see these guys in robes!
|Part of the choir|
|Eric Bennett accepting his award for Favorite Bass|
|Michael Booth (of the Booth Brothers), who won Favorite Tenor|
|David Sutton of Triumphant, as the guys receive the Favorite Quartet award|