Give the Little Guys a Chance
I just find it hard to believe that it's almost time for the National Quartet Convention again. Wow, that year went by fast! It seems the older I get, the faster time goes. Is anyone else experiencing that phenomenon? Where is Mr. Scott or Mr. Spock when you need a good trip back in time? But, I digress.
I'm looking forward to the NQC this year. Unfortunately, we don't have a booth; we wanted one, but just couldn't afford it. Once we became a non-profit organization, we literally became a NON-PROFIT organization. But, we love what we do, and the Lord always helps us make ends meet, so it's worth it. Are there things I'd like to see done differently at the NQC? Perhaps, but event with its faults the NQC is still a premier Southern Gospel event, attended by the biggest - and not-so-biggest - names in the industry.
As you're walking around the NQC this year, be sure to swing by the Revelators' booth and say hello to John, Wilma, Tiffany and Brittany. The Revelators are a full-time group who will absolutely bless your socks off. Another group to check out is the Ladd Family. Paul and Melissa are great people to know and to worship with. While you're at it, look up Rod Burton and tell him hello for us.
In the last couple of years, I have seen a huge improvement in Southern Gospel talent, not only in quality but in spirit. If you get a chance - and you should really make the effort - be sure to go to the Regional Artist Showcase. You might be watching groups who are or will be the future of Southern Gospel.
Give the little guys a chance. Sometimes great things come in small packages. Remember, at some point all of us were considered a "little guy". Some grow up and do wonderful things; others don't. But in no other industry can you get so close to the artists you love. And, if you see us wandering around, stop and say, "Hello!"
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