Steve Green to appear at NQC’s Gaither Vocal Band Reunion

On November 29, I posted that the 2011 National Quartet Convention would include a Gaither Vocal Band reunion. On Steve Green’s Facebook page, he posted this afternoon a list of seven highlights of the upcoming year; one item in that list was: “A Gaither Vocal Band Concert – Louisville Sept. 12.”

This confirms both that the GVB’s most successful* alumnus will be there and the date of the showcase.

(*Before any debates over the term break out, let me clarify that I am referring to the fairly prosaic metric of most albums sold.)

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  1. Green has sold more albums and won more awards than Larnelle Harris, Mark Lowry, or Michael English?

    • Well I think he’s made more albums than Mark or Michael, but I’m not sure about Larnelle.

    • Green has not won the most Dove Awards – that honor indeed goes to Larnelle Harris, who for some reason slipped my mind when I wrote the post. So I will edit it accordingly.

      He has, however, sold the most units; he is the only artist of the four to have an RIAA-Certified Gold or Platinum solo album. For God and God Alone is certified Gold, indicating sales of 500,000 units.

      RIAA-Certified Gold or Platinum solo videos indicate 1/10 as many unitsβ€”50,000 for a Gold and 100,000 for a Platinum. Green has had three Platinum videos and four more Gold videos.

      Mark Lowry easily comes in second place for videos, with six Gold solo videos (and two more Gold with Gaither). Lowry has had no Gold or Platinum albums.

      Neither Harris nor English have had either Gold or Platinum albums or videos.

      So Steve Green has had the most successful projects, though Larnelle has picked up more awards.

    • I would have expected Michael English’s self-titled solo project to be gold, but it isn’t.

      Steve Green also has several RIAA certified videos, including one that’s platinum. Of course, the qualification for videos is much lower (50K rather than 500K for gold) than it is for recorded music albums.

      • I thought I mentioned his videos in the comment above. πŸ™‚

        I also thought that there would have been more Gold albums among the group…

      • I see you understand and acknowledge that I tend to skim.

      • OK. Doesn’t bug me. It would just have saved you a little legwork! πŸ™‚

  2. Not to be rude, but what exactly is the point, Chris, in starting an argument about who’s sold more albums and won more awards?

    • I wasn’t starting an argument – I was just asking a question. Daniel made a statement – and I was responding to the statement with a question. I don’t know the answer – so I was asking for my own personal knowledge.

      I wasn’t aware that asking for clarification was a bad thing here.

  3. My apologies. I misunderstood your intent.

  4. What about Russ Taff? I’m pretty sure he has more awards, including Grammys.

    • Taff has won two solo Grammys and four solo Dove Awards – fewer Doves than Green and Harris and English, but naturally more Grammys.

  5. Who cares about who sold more albums? LOL Let get to the question…
    If that date is correct, that is a Monday… will that be an afternoon showcase(haven”t ever had any big showcases that early in the week) OR will it be at night and be part of the evening(STILL, nothing that BIG before on a Monday night!)

    • Yeah, everyone else is arguing what constitutes popular, but DJPhil, you’ve hit on the most interesting point of this announcement.

      GVB is scheduled to appear on the main stage Friday night.

      Showcases for 2011 have not been listed yet, but showcase prices have. Monday showcases are a mere $10.

      Now, the one thing I’m pretty sure you WON’T see on Monday is a Gaither showcase for $10.

      So, I wonder if Gaither would appear on Monday at another location in Louisville…or if Steve got the date wrong…or if Steve is merely listing the date when NQC gets in full swing rather than the actual date of the performance.

  6. “(*Before any debates over the term break out, let me clarify that I am referring to the fairly prosaic metric of most albums sold.)”

    Shucks, you know how to rain on a parade. I SO wanted to debate. πŸ˜‰

    • You’re funny! πŸ™‚

      • Yeah man I was like “Awwwww, SHUCKS” the moment I saw that footnote. Party-pooper! πŸ˜€

  7. My guess is that Steve Green is simply listing the start date for NQC. I would be very surprised if the GVB reunion showcase is on a Monday. I hope it is later in the week because I am planning on attending Thur-Sat, and I would love to attend the reunion.

    • On the other hand, with all the schedules they’re trying to coordinate, early in the week is more likely to be successful. Someone with a whole lot of time on their hands could investigate other concert dates already scheduled and posted that weekend for GVB alumni.