88 Years of Song

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Article Published: Jun. 14, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 25, 2012
88 Years of Song

Singing on the Mountain is the longest running annual old-time gospel music convention remaining in the Southern Appalachians. Held in MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain, the event is free to the public. 

Photo by Helen Moss Davis

This June 24, Grandfather Mountain’s MacRae Meadows plays host to the longest running annual old-time gospel music convention remaining in the Southern Appalachians.

Grandfather Mountain’s 88th annual Singing on the Mountain is a joyful celebration of faith, held each year on the fourth Sunday in June.

Founded in 1924 by Joe Hartley Sr., the “Singing” welcomes thousands to enjoy performances by top Southern gospel groups.

This year’s speaker is Appalachian State University head football coach Jerry Moore.

Moore’s accolades include three consecutive national championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and a historic 2007 win over a No. 5 ranked University of Michigan team, in addition to his status as the winningest coach in Southern Conference history. Moore speaks at events all over the country, including many Fellowship of Christian Athletes gatherings.

This year’s musical lineup features: The Greenes, The Cockman Family, Michael Combs, Amantha Mill, Clay Lunsford and Wayne Henderson, Shirley Simpson, Redeemed Trio, Melody Trio, The Freemans, Crystal River and The Primitive Quartet.

There will also be a collaborative performance by Tim and Roddy Smith, Terry Warren, George Hamilton IV and the Norton Family.

The singing kicks off with music at 8:30 a.m. and lasts until the middle of the afternoon, with a mid-day break for Moore to bring the message.

Admission is free, with the motto remaining the same for 88 years: “Whosoever will may come.”
Camping without hookups is available on the grounds on a first-come basis June 17 to 25.

For more information, visit http://www.grandfather.com or call (800) 468-7325.

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