National Quartet Convention 2011, Day 3

Moment of the Night

Perrys / Wilburn & Wilburn: Jonathan Wilburn’s triumphant return to the NQC main stage; the Perrys called him up for an encore of “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” and the energy in the room was electric.

Runner-up: Tributes to the recently deceased Hayes Family patriarch Howard Hayes from Greater Vision (dedication of “Till the Storm Passes By”) and The Perrys (photo on screen during “Celebrate Me Home”)

News Tidbit of the Day

Great news from Gold City: despite the recent personnel change, they confirmed at their table today that their upcoming album will still release as scheduled.

Other Notes

I was in Freedom Hall, though in the vendor’s hall much of the night; my siblings were taking notes from the video feed. Their notes form the core of each presentation; I’ve added some notes in bold.
  • Showcase Performance: Ryan Seaton: I Feel a Song Coming on.
  • Sisters and Jason Crabb: Leaning on the Everlasting ArmsI’ll Fly Away, I’d Rather Have Jesus.
  • Freemans: Three Rugged CrossesThe Father and The SonSending Me AngelsChildren of the Dust.
  • The Browns: Instrumental: I Sing the Mighty Power of God / Canon in D.
  • Tribute Quartet: He is Leading the WayMakes Me Wanna Go, Sweeter as the Days Go ByBring on the JoyHomecoming Day (brought up Melissa and Jim Brady).
  • The Perrys (Matthew Holt on Piano): Every Time I need HimCelebrate Me Home (photos on screen of passed on saints), Bryan Walker did Great is Thy Faithfulness, Libbi’s solo song I Need Thee Every HourI Wish I Could Have Been There (with Wilburn and Wilburn)–standing ovation. Celebrate Me Home was an incredibly powerful tribute, with a round of applause with as each picture appeared on the screen; these were, at least for the part I caught, primarily Southern Gospel singers. When Wilburn & Wilburn—Jonathan and his son Jordan—came on stage for the “I Wish I Could’ve Been There” encore, the place was electric.
  • Stewart Varnado did a piano solo, but the video feed went down.
  • Showcase Performance: The Erwins: What Really Matters in Life.
  • Ernie Haase & Signature Sound: SomedayMovin’ up to Gloryland (assistance on tenor lines from: Rodney Griffin, Joseph Habedank, Gerald Wolfe, and Ian Owens–Gerald sang the bass line), I Believe (Ian solo) Until We Fly Away (Doug), Then Came the MorningGlory to God in the Highest tag. Devin McGlamery nailed his solo on “Then Came the Morning.” Gerald Wolfe joined EHSS for choreography on the tag, and did incredibly well; the audience was again on its feet!
  • Showcase Perfomance: High Road (3 ladies) singing High Road (we believe). This was the showcase performance that had people talking afterwards; though I missed it, word has it that it was incredibly well received.
  • Swanberg intermission
  • Rambo McGuire: Troubles Can Break You Or Make You A ManHe Ain’t Never Done Me Nothin’ But GoodMomma’s Teaching Angels How to Sing, I Won’t Ask for MoreToo Much to Gain to Lose (Buck–Many standing ovation), He Looked Beyond My Fault. Acoustic, bluegrass-influenced, and very well received.
  • Greater Vision: When They Ring the Bells Of HeavenYou Were Faithful Yesterday, New Song–no soundtrack: Lord, Help Me to Live Like I Wish I’d Lived in the PastTill The Storm Passes By (dedication to Hayes Family–standing ovation).
  • King’s Heralds Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Round.
  • Sisters and Greater Vision: All Creatures of Our God and King.
  • Jason Crabb: Who Am I.
  • Compassion Break
  • Janet Paschal: You Got To Be Born AgainI Wish You EnoughIllogical Case of Love.
  • John Ashcroft: Talked, Sang I Want to Carry His Cross, Played Jesus Loves Me on Piano.
  • Crist Family and Hoppers: I’m Gonna Get Carried Away.
  • Crist Family: I Love Lovin’ JesusHe Knows What I Can StandMy Heart KnowsGreat Beyond (standing and clapping).
  • Hoppers: Yahweh, Karlye Sang: Nobody’s Too Bad Or Too GoodI’ve Come Too Far to Look Back (Acapella reprise), Shoutin’ Time (crowd on feet about halfway through song Tim Riley then joined them).
  • Tribute to Tony Greene sung by Kim Hopper: Well Done Well Done Dear Faithful One.
  • Showcase Performance: Paul’s Journey: This is Just What Heaven Means to Me
  • Sisters: Under His Wings (Strong delivery).
  • Jason Crabb: Sometimes I Cry
  • Gold City: We’ll Soon be Done With Troubles and TrialsJesus and JudasI’m RichI Cast My Bread Upon the waterGet Up, Get Ready (the crowd complied).
  • Triumphant: Love Came Calling, Saved by Grace (crowd was on their feet by end)Old White Flag (lots of hankies a-waving), I Can’t Wait (crowd up again, after they ended the first time, the crowd audibly called for “more”). Gold City and Triumphant both had the audience on their feet and buzzing with excitement afterwards. Powerful end to the night.

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  1. Where were Dailey & Vincent?

  2. They had just come back from I think they said a tour in Scotland and both were incredibly sick and bed laden

  3. It was a great night but the highlight for me was Paul’s Journey This is Just What Heaven Means to Me. First time i had ever heard them.

  4. is Matthew Holt playing for the Perry’s again?

    • As his college music director schedule permits.