October 4, 2021

NQC 2021 WAS A FAMILY REUNION, FILLED WITH MUSIC AND MEMORIES! Gospel Music's Largest Annual Event, Presented by Christian Healthcare Ministries, Wraps Up in Pigeon Forge, TN


NQC, the National Quartet Convention, returned to Pigeon Forge, TN's LeConte Center with the glorious sounds of Gospel music, thrilling fans from all across the United States. Gospel music's largest annual event returned this year after being suspeneded due to the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 – the first time it had not been held since it's founding in 1957. The week was filled with music, ministry and memories.

 "This year was extra special!" said NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley. “With having to suspend the event last year for the first time in 63 years, this year was truly a family reunion as the Gospel Music family was able to convene again at our annual Convention.”

 Over 30,000 people from all over the United States enjoyed the very best in gospel music at the 62nd annual NQC, the National Quartet Convention. Due to the borders being closed from multiple countries, thousands who normally attend the convention, tuned into the NQC via livestream.

This year's convention was presented by Christian Healthcare Ministries.

More than 100 hours of music, inspiring messages, and moving testimonies filled the halls of the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN over the past week with nightly concerts featuring award-winning, beloved artists anchoring the festivities during the annual event. Artists included: Hoppers, Greater Vision, Mark Trammell Quartet, Jim & Melissa Brady, Isaacs, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Erwins, Joseph Habedank, Legacy Five, Tribute Quartet, Guardians, Perrys, Karen Peck & New River, Collingsworth Family, Booth Brothers, Kingdom Heirs, Jeff & Sheri Easter and so many more!

 Additionally, inspiring messages from leading speakers – including Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Robert Jeffress, and Dr. David Jeremiah – inspired and gave hope to attendees during these troubled times we now live in.

 NQC 2021 Highlights included:

Kickoff Concert on Sunday, September 26, 2021 featuring Endless Highway, Greater Vision, Guardians, Hoppers, Jim & Melissa Brady, Kramers, Mark Trammell Quartet, The Perrys and Isaacs

The SGMA held their Hall of Fame Induction and Concert on Tuesday - honoring Karen Peck Gooch, Jack Clark, Marlin Taylor and Aaron Wilburn (posthumously)

Special Showcase Spectaculars throughout the week included: Person to Person with The Booth Brothers, Greater Vision's 30th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion, An Afternoon with the Collingsworth Family, Dennis Swanberg Comedy, and Gold City's 40th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion, 

The 51st Annual Singing News Fan Awards on Friday afternoon Chapel Services, featuring encouraging messages from Randy Perry, Mark Trammell, C.T. Townsend, Randy Davis, and Bishop Tim Hill with inspiring performances from Guardians, Hoppers, Jim & Melissa Brady, Greater Vision, and the Mark Trammell Quartet

Two very special moments occurred during #NQC2021, with the NQC Board of Directors honoring two individuals. On Friday evening, Dr. Charles Stanley was feted for his lifelong commitment to ministry and his support of Southern Gospel Music. To close the convention on Saturday evening, the Les Beasley Award was presented to Phil Cross, honoring his ministry and excellent songwriting contribution to Southern Gospel Music. Immediately after the award was presented with this award, Phil Cross & Poet Voices performed a medley of classic hits written by Cross.


NQC 2021 featured a new seating arrangement that recieved an overwhelmingly positive response from attendees at the NQC Fall Festival in 2020, which was held in place of the annual event. 


Seats for NQC 2022 – to be held from September 25 – October 1, 2022 – will go on sale October 18, 2021. For more information, visit www.NQConline.com



NQC - the National Quartet Convention - was founded in 1957 by gospel music legend and former backup vocalist for Elvis Presley, J.D. Sumner who co-produced the event with James Blackwood. The annual convention was moved in later years to Nashville, TN and then to Louisville, KY where it was held for 20 years. NQC is currently held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.