American Gospel Music: Not Dead on Arrival
The National Quartet Convention, Christian Music Presenters, and Lifeway Worship Group have been working for several months to prepare a roster of top-notch Southern Gospel groups and market them as “American Gospel” artists. This attempt to re-think Southern Gospel was immediately declared dead on arrival by some observers, who said that it was all talk and no substance.
But if you ask me, I’d tell you that there’s some substance to an invitation to appear in Carnegie Hall. [EDIT, 11/8/10: The link is broken and has been removed.]
For those who do not have access to the Singing News website: The article states that the National Quartet Convention, Christian Music Presenters, and MidAmerica Productions will be partnering together to launch an American Gospel Music Festival. MidAmerica Productions promotes concerts at Carnegie Hall and other venues in New York City.
This festival is scheduled to be held in November 2007, during Thanksgiving weekend.