Thursday, July 26, 2012

National Quartet Convention Announces the NQC Music Awards Nominees

Louisville, KY – The National Quartet Convention has announced the 2012 nominees for the NQC Music Awards. In partnership with the Southern Gospel Music Guild, the NQC will present these awards on Friday afternoon during the Friday afternoon Showcase Spectacular in Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY, on September 14.

According to the NQC Executive Vice President, Clarke Beasley, the awards will be presented based on both fan popularity and professional excellence, with two divisions of awards that will be presented. The first division is the Fan Awarded categories where awards will be determined by fan voting.

The second division will be the Industry Awarded Categories, which will be determined by the music professionals that participate as exhibitors during the National Quartet Convention. No purchase was required for those that are participating in the voting. All that was required is that they were registered on the NQC e-mail list prior to July 1st.

Beasley also states that the Southern Gospel Music Guild is an important partner in this process, as the SGMG is responsible for determining the category criteria, as well as screen entries for eligibility. The SGMG professional membership also determines the recipient of the annual Les Beasley Award, given to a person or company that has made a significant impact in the field of Gospel Music.

Below is a complete list of the nominees for the 2012 NQC Music Awards.

Bass Singer of the Year Nominees:
Bennett, Eric – Triumphant Qt
Chapman, Jeff – Kingdom Heirs
Duncan, Tim – Canton Junction
Dustin, Glenn – Legacy Five
Riley, Tim – Gold City

Baritone Singer of the Year Nominees:
Brady, Jim – Booth Brothers
Griffin, Rodney – Greater Vision
Inman, Scott – Triumphant Qt
Lowry, Mark – Gaither Vocal Band
Trammell, Mark – Mark Trammell Qt

Lead Singer of the Year Nominees:
Booth, Ronnie – Booth Brothers
English, Michael – Gaither Vocal Band
Habedank, Joseph – Perrys
Rice, Arthur – Kingdom Heirs
Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

Tenor Singer of the Year Nominees:
Allman, Chris – Greater Vision
Booth, Michael – Booth Brothers
Free, Brian – Brian Free & Assurance
Haase, Ernie – Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Phelps, David – Gaither Vocal Band

Soprano Singer of the Year Nominees:
Alvey, Lauren Talley – Talleys
Collingsworth, Brooklyn – Collingsworth Family
Hopper, Kim – Hoppers
Isaacs Yeary, Sonya – Isaacs
Peck Gooch, Karen – Karen Peck & New River

Alto Singer of the Year Nominees:
Easter, Sheri – Jeff & Sheri Easter
Hopper, Connie – Hoppers
Stuffle, Libbi – Perrys
Talley, Debra – Talleys
Whisnant, Susan – Whisnants

Soloist of the Year Award Nominees:
Bishop, Mark
Crabb, Jason
Greene, TaRanda
Parker, Ivan
Penrod, Guy

Male Group of the Year Nominees:
Booth Brothers
Gaither Vocal Band
Greater Vision
Kingdom Heirs
Triumphant Qt

Mixed Group of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth Family
Karen Peck & New River

Musician of the Year Nominees:
Collingsworth, Kim – Collingsworth Family
Mote, Gordon
Stice, Jeff – Triumphant Qt
Williams, Kevin – Gaither Vocal Band
Wolfe, Gerald – Greater Vision

Album of the Year Nominees:
Celebrate Me Home (Oak Tree) – Perrys
Let It Be Known – Booth Brothers
Part of the Family – Collingsworth Family
Songs From the Heart – Triumphant Quartet
The Only Way – Greater Vision

Song of the Year Nominees:
Almost Home – Triumphant Quartet
Ask Me Why – Legacy Five
Blue Skies Coming – Perrys
I Believe – Brian Free & Assurance
I Know a Man Who Can – Greater Vision
I Want to Know – Mark Trammell Quartet
Please Forgive Me – Gaither Vocal Band
Saved By Grace – Triumphant Quartet
She Still Remembers Jesus Name – Booth Brothers
Tell Me Why – Kingdom Heirs
Who Am I – Jason Crabb


Arranger/Producer of the Year Nominees:
Lari Goss
Wayne Haun
Ben Isaacs
Donna King
Steve Mauldin
Rick Sandidge
David Staton
Roger Talley

Concert Promoter of the Year Nominees:
Bill Bailey
Landon Beene
Ray Flynn
Bill Gaither
Brian Lester
Mike Wheeler

Radio Station of the Year Nominees:
WBOZ – Nashville
WCGW – Lexington
WJBZ – Knoxville
WTRM – Winchester, VA
WXRI – Winston Salem

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD: The SGMG Awards and Criteria Committee will pull the Singing News radio charts for the eligibility time period and will assign each songwriter fifteen points for a number one song, ten points for a song in the top ten and five points for a song in the top 20. The total points for the eligibility period will be tabulated for each writer and the writer with the most points will be awarded Songwriter of the Year.

To obtain a complete schedule of events scheduled during the 2012 National Quartet Convention, visit

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