Country music superstar Larry Gatlin made a surprise appearance during the 2015 NQC in Pigeon Forge, TN. The legendary icon stunned fans during the afternoon showcase on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
Gatlin is no stranger to gospel music, having penned several hit gospel songs and performing gospel music during his concerts.
NQC – gospel music’s largest annual event – continues until Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Pigeon Forge’s LeConte Center.
The NQC 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.
The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN – a $45 million special events facility – serves as the host for gospel music’s largest annual event.
Featured artists are a “Who’s Who” of gospel music, and nightly concerts feature up to 20 acts. Among them are the Booth Brothers, Greater Vision, the Hoppers, the Kingdom Heirs, Triumphant and the Collingsworth Family, as well as prominent soloists such as Grammy Award winner Jason Crabb.
Special events during the week include the Singing News Fan Awards, a fan-voted program of Singing News Magazine, on Sept. 30, the keynote address by Dr. David Jeremiah on Oct. 2, the Cathedrals’ Family Reunion featuring several alumni of gospel’s most celebrated