NQC 2009: Saturday

Due to time constraints, I will have to keep this post brief.

The Cathedrals Remembered showcase in the afternoon was spectacular. Since I got there early enough to get a front row seat, I decided not to take notes, as that would look odd on film. I plan to discuss the concert in more detail, adding observations from seeing it in person, once the DVD comes out later this year.

A complete list of Fan Awards winners is here. Overall, there was little surprising enough to be noteworthy in most categories; in many of the categories, the person who won the award last year won it again this year. There were a few notable exceptions:

  • Triumphant Quartet picked up their first Male Quartet of the Year win.
  • Their bass singer, Eric Bennett, won Bass Singer of the year for the first time.
  • Perrys lead singer Joseph Habedank won his first fan award, Young Artist.
  • Libbi Perry Stuffle won Favorite Alto for the first time in three or four years. The Habedank and Stuffle wins show that the Perrys’ current lineup (well, particularly the Habedank/Stuffle combination) has now been together long enough to build the kind of connection with their fans that they had in the Stuffle/Loren Harris days.
  • The Crist Family won Horizon Group of the Year. This was particularly thrilling for me since I had spent the week updating their website (among several others, none of whom were also up for the award). [EDIT, 6/7/12: Broken link removed.]

Quite honestly, after Fan Awards ended, I took Saturday night off and (during those times I was able to be in Freedom Hall) just sat back and enjoyed the songs. Two highlights that stick out in my memory are the Kingdom Heirs’ “He Locked the Gates” (a much stronger response than earlier in the week) and the Perrys’ “If You Knew Him.” There was applause when the soundtrack kicked off, more when Joseph started singing the first verse, more at the end of the first and second verses, and a standing ovation by the bridge. This song seems on the verge of defining this iteration of the Perrys—the song people will remember this lineup by.

NQC 2009 was an incredibly long but also incredibly enjoyable and memorable experience. In addition to all the posts I did on this site and on other sites, I also did a fair number of feature interviews, which you will get the chance to read in the coming months. Thanks for tuning in!

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  1. Daniel, thank you for all the pictures and the coverage at the convention! I am so thrilled that the Booth Brothers took it all:-) Man, God is blessing these young men and they have to be the sweetest guys I have met in my 62 years! What harmony and everywhere they go people love these guys! They go to the churches and small places and that is what the people love about this group! Blessings to you guys!

  2. Ditto on the thanks!

  3. Who was in the All Star Male Quartet on Saturday night?

  4. IN reference to the Cathedrals Reunion, I wonder why Bobby Clark, the only surviving original member was not invited to the Reunion. Bobby was at NQC all week, and during the Cathedrals Reunion went instead to a showcase in the East Hall. I think it is a shame he was bypassed.

    • I asked several individuals involved in the production, practically getting down on my knees and begging the person who made the final call to bring in Bobby Clark and George Amon Webster for at least a song. He told me the program had been set months in advance, and also that he just wanted to feature the groups that regularly appear at the reunion concerts.

  5. I wondered about Earnie Haase (? spelling) and why he wasn’t there. He was probably already obligated to something else.

    • Yes – Signature Sound was only at NQC through Friday evening.

  6. I wonder if Ernie Haase and Signature Sound would have been wanted or welcomed had they still been there. It seems like anything there is a Cathedrals Reunion they are noticably absent. Whether they are invited but turn it down, or whether they are never invited, I do not know.