Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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August 29, 2013

Annual quartet convention set Sept. 6 through 14

LOUISVILLE — More than 40,000 Southern Gospel Music fans representing at least 40 states and more than a half dozen foreign countries will converge on Louisville Sept. 8 through 14 for the 56th Annual National Quartet Convention.

 This will be the 20th and final convention in Louisville, and over the past two decades, while in Louisville, the National Quartet has grown to become Christian entertainment’s largest annual event. In 2014, the event will move to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., in the state where the event originally organized more than five decades ago.

The first Quartet Convention was in Memphis, Tenn., and was founded by gospel music legend and former Elvis Presley backup singer J.D. Sumner. The event has since grown to encompasses a variety of gospel recording artists, including quartets, trios and soloists.

This year, many popular names in gospel music will be featured throughout the seven-day event, including artists like The Gaither Vocal Band, The Hoppers, The Kingdom Heirs, Gold City, Greater Vision, The Booth Brothers, Legacy Five, Triumphant Quartet and many others, including multi-award winning international recording artists, The Gatlin Brothers. In addition to the many popular quartets, trios, duets and soloists featured throughout the week, some of the most prominent keynote speakers in the country will be featured, including Dr David Jeremiah and Johnny Hunt.

Nightly concerts will be at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center’s Freedom Hall, with afternoon concerts and worship services also scheduled throughout the grounds of the Fair and Expo Center.

For more information, call (800) 846-8499 or visit nqconline.com.

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