State Annual Singing Convention starts Friday

The Perrys will close out three-day event

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Posted 6/21/22

The 101st State Annual Singing Convention kicks off Friday in Benson’s Singing Grove.Award-winning groups, vocalists, bands and combined choirs from many area churches will fill the grove with …

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State Annual Singing Convention starts Friday

The Perrys will close out three-day event

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The 101st State Annual Singing Convention kicks off Friday in Benson’s Singing Grove.
Award-winning groups, vocalists, bands and combined choirs from many area churches will fill the grove with songs of praise and gospel tunes through Sunday. Featured groups include The Montgomery Family and The Triumphant Quartet on Saturday and The Perrys on Sunday.

The three-day event, which is free to the public, will get started at 7 p.m. Friday with opening remarks and a performance by a combined choir featuring voices from area churches under the leadership of Sonia Hines, Justin Powell and Todd Johnson.

Thomas Parker and the Johnston County Community Choir will sing at 8:20 p.m. and Joey Gore and the Wilmington Celebration Choir will close the evening with their concert at 8:45 p.m.

On Saturday, June 25, concerts featuring past convention award-winning groups begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 6 p.m.

These talented groups will include: Crusaders of NC, Tate and Marthieah, Willing Heart, Whitman-Gore, Karson McCullen, Hickory Grove Quartet, The Oxendine Family, PALS for Christ, Trinity Quartet, Crimson Cross, The Master’s Hands, Four in Christ, Divine Intention, The Horrell Family, Larry Chasen, The Social Security Boys,The Joys, Molded Clay, Ray Bennett, The Hinshaw Family, Gabriel’s Call, The Griffins of South Carolina, and The Rivenbarks.

The Montgomery Family will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by The Triumphant Quartet, a well-known male quartet voted 2020 Favorite Southern Gospel Artists, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

A Round Robin session will follow at 8:45 p.m.

A combined community worship service is set for 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Central Baptist Church Choir of Dunn will sing and Pastor Tom Wagoner will deliver the message.

A Round Robin session will follow from noon to 1 p.m. An official welcome and memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. and the Singing Convention competition will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The 101st Convention Choir will sing at 3:30 p.m.

Dove Award Winners The Perrys from Hendersonville, Tennessee will present the final concert of the weekend at 6 p.m.

Admission for all weekend sessions is free. A huge tent with seating will be provided, but folding chairs are recommended.

Organizers are asking attendees to observe COVID-19 regulations.

The State Annual Singing Convention Inc., founded in Benson, is a nonprofit organization, celebrating 101 years.

For more information, visit www.gospelsingingconvention.org, visit State Annual Singing Convention-Benson Sing on Facebook, call 919-894-4389 or email Dennis, Danny or Neil at the following: info@bensongospelsing@gmail.com , danny@neighborsassociates.com or astric@embarqmail.com .

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