Doc McKenzie & The Hi-LitesHere’s a trivia question for you. How many quartet gospel groups on the road today perform at various County or State Fairs? The question is not how often they perform at the ‘fairground.’ For many programs across the south are often held in buildings and fields at the local (or state) fairground. But, how many gospel quartet groups actually perform while the Fair is going on?

There may be a few, if that many. Well, there is one quartet gospel group that has the privilege of performing tonight (as the main musical event) during the 100th Anniversary Celebration of The Halifax Virginia County Fair in South Boston, Virginia. That’s right a quartet gospel group will actually headline the Music program at the Fair. That group was none other than Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites.

Doc and the guys will perform tonight at the Fair’s Grandstand, 1188 James D. Hagood Highway (U.S. 360), South Boston, Virginia. The Grandstand seats 2,500. It is safe to say that the attendees are in for a special program tonight. The Hi-Lites are the kind of group that could make even fairgoers stand still and rejoice in the Lord.

Think about it, what other group on the road today have the repertoire from which they could draw to be entertaining and yet minister to fairgoers. One can only imagine that the Hi-Lites will probably sing “Hold On (to what you got),” “Just One Lifetime,” and of course “Love Train.”

This is the group’s first time performing at a County Fair. We are certain they will leave the crowd wanting more ‘good’ gospel quartet music.

PS: Let us know of any gospel quartet groups performing at local, county or state fairs in your part of the world.

The North Carolina Fall Gospel ClassicFans of Minister Luther Barnes know that the North Carolina Fall Gospel Classic was cancelled last year. This annual event has become one of the major events for gospel music enthusiasts, particularly fans of the quartet gospel genre.

Therefore, it was exciting news when we learned earlier this year that the Classic would return this month. Well, the day is upon us. The 2010 Classic begins today and runs through Saturday, October 9, 2010.

There will be seminars, workshops and showcases. Seminars and workshops will be conducted by industry personnel, recording artists, ministers and radio personalities. The showcases will feature soloist, duets, quartets, choirs, praise dancers, mimes and much more. The showcases are schedule for early evening each day and during he night services.

As in previous years, the Classic will be at the Red Budd Holy Church, 1108 Luper Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

The Soul SeekersOne of the great young groups in the quartet gospel genre today is The Soul Seekers. The public have been waiting for years for the group’s sophomore project. Well, the wait is almost over. The new CD is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2010.

To celebrate the new release, the group will participate in a Listening Party this afternoon. The Listening Party will be streamed over the Internet on Ustream, beginning at 5:00 PM (Pacific Time).

“Soul Seekers Listening Party LIVE from Fever Studios/NHollywood, CA. Chat with group members Warryn Campbell, Nisan Stewart, Teddy Campbell, Gerald Haddon, Jubu Smith, Eric Seats, Craig Brockman and Charlie Bereal. Listen to songs from new project. Musician jam session with The Seekers! OFF THE HOOK!”

From Ustream

“With eight members strong making up this unbelievable young cast of acclaimed musicians and composers, The Soul Seekers are the new paradigm in modern-day Quartet music. Offering a seamless mix of production over its flawless musicianship and mastery of vocals, The Soul Seekers have really captured the very best of the timeless church expression on SS2.”

From Press Release

“The Soul Seekers . . . bring their signature hand clapping, toe-tapping, and spine-tingling sound with a modern gospel quartet twist. This group consists of highly sought-after recording, session and touring musicians, hit songwriters and producers collectively working with an array of superstar artists from Beyonce‘ and Missy Elliott to Nelly, 50 Cent, Diddy, Jennifer Hudson, Whitney Houston, Bette Midler and Britney Spears to hit making shows Diddy’s “Making His Band” and “American Idol” to name a few.

As frontrunners in gospel music, The Soul Seekers are on fire and ready to minister to the world. Not only is it all good, but most importantly “It’s All God”.

From Press Release

Click on the link to Ustream and sign up to join in (and be a part of) the Listening Party.

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