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Thoughts on NQC 2010: Friday Night

September 18, 2010 By: Aaron Category: NQC, SG Artists, SG Music

1. Cut it out with the picture-taking already! I hate to start out my report with a grievance, but honestly, it needs to be addressed. I was sitting at about the second row back at the Gaither Sing-A-Long this afternoon, and there were several times that people came up to take pictures and just stood there for five minutes. They took maybe three pictures. Total. I would have asked them to move, but the nice gentleman across the aisle beat me to the punch.

C’mon folks! I’m not against taking pictures, but at least kneel or position yourself to where you’re not blocking the view of others trying to enjoy the show. Or, if it’s necessary to stand and take the picture, take it and go. DO NOT stand there for five minutes, take one picture, and continue standing there. LEAVE! Nobody can see past you. What makes it worse is when you do it multiple times a set. Just sit down and watch!

2. Most memorable moment goes to Ernie Haase & Signature Sound tonight. On the final chorus of “We Shall See Jesus” and an encore of “Boundless Love,” Ernie brought up Scott Fowler, Gerald Wolfe, Mark Trammell, and Danny Funderburk. This mini-Cathedrals reunion made the whole “tribute” atmosphere of Signature Sound’s set come full-circle.

3. Who is the Todd Allen Family, and why have we not heard of them sooner? Though their NQC-themed parody of “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” was as cheesy as they come, the harmony was delightful. More, please!

4. I noticed something interesting today in both the Gaither afternoon event and the GVB’s set tonight. Both times, on the final song, Bill brought up Gene McDonald to sing with the Vocal Band, giving him his mic and not singing while McDonald was doing so. Could this be a glimpse into the future? We shall see; it’s conceivable that Bill could semi-retire and still travel with the Homecoming Tour, and even sing the occasional song, but hire McDonald as the new GVB bass. Oh, what could be…

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12 Comments to “Thoughts on NQC 2010: Friday Night”


  1. 1. Even from the webcast, I was getting annoyed at the picture-takers. And they weren’t even in the shots. I can only imagine what it would be like from where you were sitting.

    2. That will be the one moment I will remember from the entire week. As the video of Glen was playing, I was hoping that at least Scott would go up there since he was actually in the video being played. The other three were just an extra bonus (though Danny seemed to be struggling a bit).

    3. I have seen the Todd Allen Family in person, and even shook hands with Todd . Great family, and the girls can sing too! Not on the level of the Collingsworths, but still good. Here’s the only video I could find of them (its a little old): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YswkkdVvbs

    4. They’ve done this ever since he came on tour, on at least one song per concert. I’m guessing its since he’s the only true bass they have on tour now (not counting Bill f course).

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  2. After doing more digging on the Allen Family, I found out they won the Talent Search at NQC 2000. At the time, Todd and Michelle were just performing with their oldest son. Now, they travel the country 365 days a year.

    For more information: http://www.allenministries.com

    Heres an interesting video that tells a bit of their story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LotkQFSJqs

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  3. So who sang the last chorus of “WSSJ” Aaron? Did Ernie have Devin sing it or did one of the former Cats members do it?

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  4. Evan Miller says:

    Aaron i going to tell you what i have told Nate Stainbrook when he mentioned this as a possibility what makes the Vocal Band unique they do not have a true bass singer hence the name personally what i would like if Bill would decide to do this is add Shane McConnell or bring back Marsh the reason being Not saying Gene McDonald is not a Great bass singer he is but with The Vocal Band stacking vocals that they do now plus you i would like to have another good lead voice in there to trade off leads with Michael on some songs if you have not heard Shane sing with them he is great plus this Gives Michael and Mark to sing lower and save their voices

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  5. Evan Miller says:

    and i was going to say a bass singer would be lost in the Vocal Band because of the arrangements they do not sing in a comfortable ranges so a bass singer would have to have a baritone range to sing with them and why do that when you have Mark Lowry

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    • Gene McDonald is one of the most versatile basses on the road today; he has enough upper range to blend in with some of the more intricate stuff that they do, while having the lower range to give them a solid bass foundation.
      If you remember the early configurations of the GVB, they did have true basses in Lee Young and Jon Mohr. Granted, the style that they do now is different from what they did then, but the point is, the GVB has had actual basses before. Having one in the five-man lineup would make the sound even more stellar than it is now.

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  6. Evan Miller says:

    its a great sound but protecting Michael English is what i am talking about if Bill would bring in another good lead like Shane it would help them out more than Gene McDonald being the bass singer you have Mark Lowry who can sing the part Bill does and if they need a bass singer on a certain song then do what Bill has been doing let Gene McDonald sing with them it would give Mark a rest it makes more sense because i would like for them to have vocal security at lead like they do a tenor plus Shane sounds good with them

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  7. Jeff Foster says:

    Aaron, you hit the nail on the head with the picture comment! That happens way too often. There have been times when I would have to move to take a good picture (such as the Remember the Music showcase last year) but I got down as low as I could so as to avoid blocking anyones view, and then hurried back to my seat once I got the picture.

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  8. Yes Gene McDonald is a good base singer. I agree the vocal band has a unique winning sound without a strong bass. At one time although, I thought Bill was grooming another bass…
    Can you fill me in?
    What has happened to Mike Allen?

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    • As far as I know, Mike Allen is still singing, just not sure where. He was in the revived version of the Prophets Quartet for a while, which I understand is no longer a group.

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