A bonus evening concert opened Sunday with Legacy Five and The Booth Brothers.
Over 40,000 Southern gospel music fans will attend the event.
Nightly concerts will be held at the Kentucky Fair & Expo Center’s Freedom Hall. Afternoon concerts and worship services are also scheduled throughout the center.
This year, over 50 of the most popular names in Southern gospel music will be featured throughout the seven-day event, including Gold City, Legacy Five, Greater Vision, The Inspirations, The Hoppers, The Kingdom Heirs, The Kingsmen, The McKameys, The Dove Brothers, Karen Peck & New River and Brian Free & Assurance.
On Wednesday, a vintage quartet showcase will be featured. Brian Free & Assurance, The Kingdom Heirs, Gold City, The Dove Brothers and The Dixie Echoes will be performing.
Also on Wednesday, Christian comedian Dennis Swanberg will host a showcase.
Thursday’s highlights will include a Gaither Vocal Band-Signature Sound concert and a Bluegrass Pickin’ Jamboree.
A celebrity softball game will open Friday’s event. Christian comedian Aaron Wilburn will also perform, along with several artist showcases.
Saturday’s highlights will include a Crabb Family Reunion and the Singing News Fan Awards. Many artists showcases are slated throughout the afternoon.
One showcase that I will be attending will be on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with David Patillo, The Perrys Sisters, The Kirklands, Driven and The Diplomats.
Fans will be able to see and hear their favorite artists, then meet group members and purchase music, videos, apparel and much more.
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Several artists have released new radio singles.
Three of the songs could be chart-toppers in the next few months.
My favorite is by The Diplomats and is titled “There’s A Blessing Somewhere.”
Ivan Parker’s “I’ll Do The Miracle” and The Hoppers’ “The Dove” are awesome songs with powerful words.
Other new songs include “You Would Think He Would Learn,” by The Dove Brothers; “He Never Sleeps,” by Mark Bishop; “Three Rugged Crosses,” by The Freemans; “Joshua’s Song,” by Jeff & Sheri Easter; “A Miracle Today,” by Mike & Kelly Bowling; “I Cast My Bread Upon The Water,” by Gold City; and “Reason Enough,” by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound.
If you’ve not heard any of these songs, call WFSR at 573-1470 and make your request.
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The Talley Trio will be releasing a new CD at the National Quartet Convention. “Life Goes On” is the title of the project.
The family group’s current single, “That’s Enough,” is No. 16 in the Singing News this month.
“Help Is On The Way,” by Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver, is the No. 1 in the Singing News.
“Yahweh” by The Hoppers is No. 2; followed by “Welcome To The Family,” by The Booth Brothers; When I Cry,” by The Gaither Vocal Band; and “I Still Have It All,” by HisSong.
Brian Free & Assurance’s “I Believe God” went from No. 15 to No. 6.
“God Will Pass By” by Greater Vision sits at No. 7. “We’ve Weathered Storms Before” by The Greenes; “For The Life Of Me” by Susan Whisnant; and “You Don’t Know God’s Love” by The Dove Brothers round out the top 10.
“The Rose” by The Inspirations made its debut at No. 24.
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Paul Lunsford can be contacted via e-mail at plunsford @harlanonline.net.⌡