NQC 2013: A note for the uninitiated

A note to NQC webcast watchers, especially those who have never made it to Louisville in person: Don’t judge singers’ abilities based on their NQC sets.

Freedom Hall lies next to a horse barn. That aggravates numerous singers’ allergies. To make matters worse, add four to ten hours of talking to fans per day, and, this far into NQC week, voices are worn out. This seems to especially impact tenors.

I say that to say this: If you see one of the best singers in our genre have an off night, don’t read too much into it. It’s NQC week, and, to appropriate an over-used cliché, NQC week is what it is.

One other thought: This genre’s tenors have to be some of the happiest people in our little world about NQC’s move to Pigeon Forge. 

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  1. Well said…

    I’ve had some friends over to watch the webcast that arent as familiar to SG , and have said that repeatedly to them.

    That being said …. Is Chris Allman human? He never has an off night when I see him or even flinches it seems .

    • I do believe Chris is human, but he has an extraordinary God-given talent.

    • I’m not entirely decided on the question. 🙂 😛

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I LOVE every moment of NQC . 12 and 16 hour days of singing and talking do take its toll in the voice…. BUT it’s fun and worth it!!!

    Michael Booth

    Ps…. I remember my first NQC when I had no performances or anyone asking to talk…… I’ll take the long days now of being loved to death…..:)

    • When I’m on site, I do enough talking in the course of a day that my voice is completely exhausted by the end—and that’s without doing any singing, except maybe in the opening audience sing-a-long. I can’t imagine how tired the singers’ voices must get.

  3. Well said Daniel…NQC is like a week off for the groups….these guys travel like 200 dates a year…then sing at the NQC….even when they have a off night they still sound good.,,,I remember Karen Peck singing with
    laryngitis …and u know she kept on going…even though she sounded terrible…but it was coming from the heart…she did not quit….God hears the heart…we should too!!!

    • A week off! Are you kidding?? This is the hardest week of the year. Remember that most of the groups sing on the weekend leading to the NQC; are busy from early morning until late at night every night, talking and singing and being available to everyone; and then they usually sing again the following weekend. This is normally a 10-12 straight day stretch of being on the road. It definitely is not an easy week.

  4. Great post and points Daniel. I might also add that we (I live in L’ville metro area) are well known for the “Ohio Valley Crud” which basically means that we stay stopped up with sinus problems and/or other allergies this time of year. It has been so hot and humid things are a bit worse the last few weeks. I can imagine that what you mention plus coming into the area and not being used to the air could be double trouble!

  5. A great reminder for everyone…that all human tenors can have off nights that are due to factors outside of just vocal ability.

    (Notice I said human tenors…LOL)

  6. You beat me to the punch, Michael! I resemble your remarks. lol

  7. Ditto to Michael. My 2nd NQC with The Kingsmen has been a blast. Most of the other groups at least know who I sing with, (if not my name :-D), and I love every minute of mingling with the fans, industry people and other artists. And Michael, the encouragement we relatively new guys receive from people like you is appreciated more than you know!

    • And…..I have been sick, but I can’t blame it on Louisville. I came down with a really bad sinus infection last week while in south Georgia. I got a shot and a z-pack in Albany on Friday and have been trying to manage it all week long. I’ve had a lot of people praying for me and thankfully I was able to get through our set on Wednesday without embarrassing us (one more to go on Saturday night!). For me, it’s just this time of year more than anything with the weather changing and new allergens appearing. Allergies/Sinuses – the thorn in singers’ sides!!!

    • Michael is one of our industry’s encouragers. He has used the platform God gave him to build others up, and it’s a delight to watch.

  8. I resemble those remarks too! Lol 😀

    I live in WV, but used to live right on the river. The “crud” is a pretty rough thing. Horse barns don’t help.

    That said, this was my first NQC, and I had an absolute blast, even if I was “shaving washers” (as Tim would say) on a couple of big notes. Hahaha
    So awesome to meet so many gospel music fans. If any of you on here met me, thanks for the kind words 🙂 I’m grateful to be a part of an awesome group of guys, singing in this genre. God’s been good for sure.

    And thanks too to Michael for your encouragement this week. It means more than I can tell you.

    And that began as “we have the crud” and turned into thank yous. Lol. Perhaps I picked up some ADD in Louisville 🙂

    Be blessed!

    • This climate-based congestion is quite interesting; I hadn’t known about this phenomena, but it does make sense. It helps explain, I think, why I often got congested whenever I would go up to Louisville, even if I wasn’t anywhere near the horse barns.