More on LeFevre Quartet and NQC

David Staton, lead singer for the LeFevre Quartet, has made another blog post, attempting to clear the air with ways in which his original post could have been (and was) misunderstood. Essentially, this post argues that it is simply a bad business decision for the NQC not to put the LeFevre Quartet on the main stage. He explained the following on his myspace blog:

My comments about LeFevres not being included on the mainstage next year was not directed as a slam against the NQC board. As a business person, I think that it’s not a good business decision to exclude the artists that have enough of a following to cast a winning vote in any fan award category. I can name several other names that have won fan awards and not been included on main stage and my opinion on excluding them is the same. It’s business 101. Find out what the market wants and give it to them. It’s just good business across the board. In my previous blog, I simply opened it up to invite those who voted for us to let NQC know that they would like to see us in the evening line up. To me, it’s the only diplomatic thing to do.

But Dale Embry, a former radio station DJ who posted a comment on the SG Blog News story (link added by express request) (EDIT, 8/3/11: Broken link removed), has an interesting–and different–take on the importance of winning a Fan Award:

When I had my radio station it took about a hundred votes to win DJ of the year. I was talking to a HIGH official this week, and the Horizon award was probably won by less than 300 votes. So, its a big deal to the artist to have 300 folks like them. But, to NQC they are trying to draw 30,000 people. So to them it didnt mean a whole lot.

Very interesting. We’ll see where all of this falls out.


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  1. I particularly liked what he had to say in the rest of the blog. Here it is in its entirety:

    I am feeling the need to explain a previous blog that I posted a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who has ever been part of any successful ministry, whether it be a growing church, outreach team, radio, television or music ministry, understands that there is the ministry aspect to what you do. If you are for real, this goes way beyond what you do when you are in the “spot light” or behind the microphone. This gets down to every aspect of your life. It is who you are and what you do when no one is looking. I can proudly speak for every guy in the LeFevre camp when I say that what we do on stage is just a musical expression of our hearts and the call that God has placed on each of us.

    There is another side to what we do that not many see and that is the business side of it all. That is what I was addressing in my previous blog. My comments about LeFevres not being included on the mainstage next year was not directed as a slam against the NQC board. As a business person, I think that it’s not a good business decision to exclude the artists that have enough of a following to cast a winning vote in any fan award category. I can name several other names that have won fan awards and not been included on main stage and my opinion on excluding them is the same. It’s business 101. Find out what the market wants and give it to them. It’s just good business across the board. In my previous blog, I simply opened it up to invite those who voted for us to let NQC know that they would like to see us in the evening line up. To me, it’s the only diplomatic thing to do.

    Do we want to be a part of the evening line up? Of course. Why? It’s not an ego thing I can assure you. I have sung for 7 people and I’ve sung to 70,000 people and not one of those events has made me a star. The main stage at NQC will not do it either. That is not discrediting NQC, it’s just the truth about any single venue. It simply doesn’t work that way. I’ve seen and know several gospel singers who think they are stars and when you talk to them one on one, you realize that everything is about them. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to know that those people can not be effective in ministry. The apostle Paul said “…that I must decrease and HE must increase”. Promoting any ministry seems to be contradicting what the Bible says if you think that it is all about the minister. A church doesn’t grow because they want to see a minister, it grows because they want to see Jesus. It’s all about HIM! My motivation behind getting the LeFevre Qt. in front of more people is not so more people will see us, it’s so they will see HIM! NQC, GMA, NARAS or any other organization will not change the call that God has on this ministry. We will continue to do what we do for HIM!

  2. Diana,

    Thank you! I do not have access to mySpace (my Internet filter blocks it), so I can only see what is posted or quoted elsewhere.

  3. We appreciate your inclusion of material found on our website, but copyright requires that you site the source of your material. Please be kind enough to include a link to the original article that you quote in the future.
    SGBlogNews article can be found here: [EDIT, 11/7/10: The link appears to be broken and has been removed.]

  4. SGBlogNews,

    Thanks for the reminder. I have posted a link, and will do so in the future. I am unfortunately unable for various technical reasons to link to mySpace from this blog, where the original was posted, but I did post a link to the comment on your website. (I do not imagine that you were claiming the copyright on the original mySpace post.) Thank you again for reminding me.