NQC 2006: Fan Awards, Part 2

1. Greater Vision wins Website

This is a new award, and Greater Vision wins it. Like Steve French said when he was trying his hand at stand-up comedy, we really need a new award in order to keep the Fan Awards moving. In his acceptance speech, Gerald mentions that bloggers have said that Greater Vision doesn’t have the slickest looking website. I remember saying Greater Vision’s site was “OK,” so I guess he was possibly talking about me. I also said this category was more of a “Favorite Artist” vote, since subscribers to the Singing News who don’t care about the internet would just vote for their favorite group anyway, and if any new award is to be added, it really ought to be an overall award for favorite Artist.

2. The Crabb Family sings their nominated song, “Shepherd’s Call.”

3. Ernie Haase wins Tenor.

Haase accepts via video from Cape Town, South Africa.

4. Gerald Wolfe wins Lead.

In his acceptance speech, Wolfe lets everyone in on the fact that he usually sings baritone. We’ll see if he switches categories next year.

5. The Booth Brothers sing their nominated song, “He Saw It All.”

Jason Crabb and Lauren Talley come to the stage to try their hand at stand-up comedy, but Solid Gospel goes to an extended break as the top of the hour approaches. (Right now, I’m listening to dead air…ah, finally, there’s the news…I’m going to miss several presentations and/or performances, but hopefully Goodman will recap what happened in the past ten minutes when we go back to the broadcast…nah, he doesn’t. By applying logical deduction, I think I must have missed Legacy 5 performing their nominated song, “Out Of My Darkness”…I’m not sure if Ernie Haase & Signature Sound performed “Do You Want To Be Forgiven” via video from South Africa or not.)

6. Rodney Griffin wins Baritone.

7. Tim Duncan wins Bass.

He accepts via video from South Africa.

8. The Whisnants sing their nominated song, “New Day Dawning.”

9. “He Saw It All” wins Song Of The Year.

This award is accepted by the group, but they bring the songwriter to the stage to have a part in the acceptance as well…good for them. In my opinion, this award really ought to go to the writer rather than the group that sung it. Of course, the group plays a big part in the success of the song, but if Singing News had an overall award for favorite Artist, this particular award could put more of a focus on the people who write the songs. Usually an artist wins the Songwriter category, and this year is no exception. The person who wrote the favorite song this year wasn’t an artist, but the average fan doesn’t know who Daryl Mosely is…thankfully, the Booth Brothers gave him some time in the spotlight.

10. Rodney Griffin wins Songwriter.

11. The Perrys win Album for Remembering The Happy Goodmans.

12. The Inspirations and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound make history by tying for Traditional Quartet.

I hope everyone has enjoyed my remote commentary on the Fan Awards, as well as my posts based on my eyewitness experience at NQC 2006 for the past three days. NQC was a blast. Please don’t take any of my criticisms personally if you have a stake in NQC…I’m a fan of what NQC is doing, and I hope the event continues to improve each year.

13. Ivan Parker closes the Fan Awards with “Midnight Cry” backed by a large choir.

Roger Bennett recognizes the twentieth anniversary of the song. It looks like they finished before the intermission was supposed to be over. The Martins are scheduled to take the stage at 8:45, and it looks like they’ll do it on schedule. (I think it’s safe to say that most of the credit for finishing on time goes to taped acceptance speeches, which were all very brief.) No, I’m not going to stay up to listen to the bitter end of tonight’s concert with an hour delay, but my Replay A/V software is capturing it for me to hear later.

In his recap of the award winners, Solid Gospel host, Greg Goodman, just referred to the favorite “pianoist”…not “pianist”…”pianOist.” I didn’t know there was such a thing.

If you read it all…thanks for reading! I know these last two posts have been rambling. I’ll have a few more thoughts on the week to share after I’ve had a day or two to rest, listen to the recordings captured by my software, and condense what I have to say.

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both SGHistory.com and MusicScribe.com. David plays piano for Southern Sounds Quartet and the Foothills Community Choir.

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  1. VirginiaJoe
    Reply September 15, 18:05 #1 VirginiaJoe

    David, you don’t know how much I appreciate you taking the time to give us your reviews this week.
    For those of us that can’t make the NQC for whatever reason, it is very helpful to see how someone like you views it.


  2. Keith
    Reply September 21, 16:28 #2 Keith

    It’s embarrassing to have the “Favorite Website” category as part of the awards. There are very few SG websites that are even half-way decent. The 5 sites nominated are mediocre at best (and that’s being extremely generous). A couple are down-right awful. Just my two-cents worth.

    By the way, I really enjoyed the commentary.

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