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."
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."
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.