Singing

This year, the Singing will host another impressive slate of music talent.  We are excited to announce that we will be joined by Patricia Smith, The Cockman Family, The Dave Calvert Collection, Michael Combs, and New Covenant!  Voices will be lifted to Heaven!

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Singing

Every year, the Singing features dozens of gospel music singers and groups.  You can track the history of country gospel music through the history of the Singing from Doc Watson and Johnny Cash to the Johnson Family Singers and Arthur Smith.  As Roy Acuff once said, "What a glorious place to praise the Lord. It is like being lifted right up there with your prayers."

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Speakers

This year, we are exited to announce that our featured speaker will be Avery County's own Tommy Burleson!

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Speakers

Each year, the Singing features a speaker who delivers the annual sermon.  From the old-timey Preacher Shelby E. Gragg to Billy Graham, the message at each Convention will bring home the word of God.

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The 2018 Singing

This year, the Singing will be held on Sunday, June 24, 9 am - 2 pm.  The all-day gospel singing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain.

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Uncle Joe: the Apostle of Grandfather

Joseph Larkin Hartley founded the Singing in 1924 as a church and family reunion and picnic.  He was craggy, old mountain man who farmed the land, built roads to these "lost provinces" of NC, and valued God and family above all else.  He shared the word of God by how he lived and raised his family.  And, he shared this event every year with his neighbors until his death in 1966.  His sons carried on the tradition after him, and now the next generations are doing the same. "The Grandfather stands up as a monument to God's glory."

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Additional Details

The Singing is all-day event of gospel singing and fellowship held outdoors in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain.

Many families bring lawn chairs and picnics and make a day of seeing old friends and enjoying performances by top Southern gospel groups.

Admission to the “Singing on the Mountain” is free. The “Singing” grounds are located on U.S. Highway 221, two miles north of Linville and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Photo by Monty E. Combs

Photo by Hugh Morton, found in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, copyright 1950s, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.
Photo by Monty E. Combs
Photo by Monty E. Combs
Photo by Monty E. Combs
Photo by Monty E. Combs
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Photo by Monty E. Combs
Photo by Monty E. Combs