NQC 2016 Highlights: Day 2

  • 27 September 2016

Yesterday was my sister’s last day here so I missed the beginning of the program but it was hosted by Jim Brady and Karen Peck Gooch.

Every time the Hoppers take the stage, I think about what a blessing it is that Claude and Connie Hopper are still able to travel and sing. This has been a rough year for them with Claude’s stroke and Connie’s battle with cancer but they continue to give God all the glory. The most touching moment of the evening was Claude singing the last verse of “Never Grow Old” to Connie. So fitting for two people who have spent the majority of their lives serving the Lord together.

Peg McKamey Bean was inducted into the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame. She didn’t have much to say except to thank everyone.

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound were not my favorite group on the platform last night, but Ernie did sing “O What a Savior” and nailed it once again.

I am always glad to see Squire Parsons on the stage. NQC is the only time I get to hear him but he can still sing, as can his son, Samuel. They did a great job!

I was really looking forward to seeing The Kingdom Heirs with Loren Harris. I am very happy to see him back on the NQC stage and hope to catch every one of their sets this week.

The Second Half Quartet sang again last night, and I enjoyed them even more than I did Sunday night. It was even more fun watching Gerald Wolfe getting blessed listening to them and playing the piano.

Gold City ended the evening with some of their old standbys. I’ve not kept up with them since Tim Riley retired but theirs is a group I want to start watching once again.


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  1. Scotty Ray Searan - September 27, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Thanks for another fine post.

    If I may, I would like for you to mention a song by each group that got your attention.

    God bless you.

    • Sony Elise - September 27, 2016 at 1:42 PM

      I have done more of this in the past but that is something I wasn’t sure would mean something to other people. Since you asked, I’ll incorporate more of that. Maybe not by every group but I will post songs that are especially noteworthy or ones that help to make the evening. I have my favorites that bless me every year. I usually mention these. Hadn’t planned to do so this year but maybe I will. 🙂 The Hoppers have a couple they’re doing off of their new CD that are especially worthy of mention. Thank you for the input.

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