All-day gospel sing and fellowship held in MacRae Meadows. A dozen top gospel groups and sermon from a well-known speaker. Free admission. Camping (without hookups) available on the field.
91st Annual Singing on the Mountain – June 28, 2015
The “Singing” is a day-long gathering held outdoors in MacRae Meadows at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Music begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues throughout the day, with a break around 1 p.m. for the sermon. 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, and camping (without hookups) is available on the grounds on a first come, first served basis. The “Singing” grounds are located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The 2015 Singing on the Mountain will pay tribute to Opry star George Hamilton IV, the “International Ambassador of Country Music” and longtime performer at the gospel festival. His last appearance at the Singing on the Mountain was in 2014, just months before his death Sept. 17 at age 77.
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2015 Featured Speaker
Aaron Wilburn is best known as a humorist, songwriter and inspirational speaker whose message spans both the Christian and secular worlds. The Alabama native earned several Song of the Year awards and Grammy nominations for his No. 1 hits before he became a YouTube sensation whose comedy bits garnered millions of views.
His travels with the Gaither Homecoming Tour earned Wilburn more acclaim for his down-home Southern humor, where he remarks on everyday life, today’s fashions and the joys of growing older. Audiences will find his routine family-friendly and appealing to all ages.
2015 Musical Guests
George Hamilton IV Tribute: The 2015 musical lineup includes a tribute to Hamilton by his children, George Hamilton V, Peyton Hamilton and Mary Hamilton Arcure, as well as Andrew Greer and Taylon Hope Miller.
Performers also include:
– Abishai (Formerly Family Harmony)
DOWNLOAD A FLIER for the 2015 event to post at your church or community center!
Watch the UNC-TV North Carolina Now segment about the 2014 Singing on the Mountain with guest Harris Prevost.
91 Years of Memories
June 2015 marks the 91st year that the faithful will climb the ridge to the “Singing on the Mountain” to participate in the oldest ongoing old time gospel convention left in the Southern Appalachians.
Founded in 1924 by Joe Hartley, Sr. as a Sunday school picnic and dinner on the grounds, the Grandfather “Singing” is always held on the fourth Sunday in June. The history of the “Singing” is the history of country gospel music, and even today the spontaneous happening continues almost unchanged. Admission is free with the motto remaining the same for 91 years: “Whosoever will may come.”
Old timers can remember the time when Little Betty Johnson of the Johnson Family Singers led the crowd in a stirring sing-along that could be heard over a mile away on Grandfather Mountain’s Mile High Swinging Bridge.
And the time when thunderstorms threatened to drown out the event on the day that Billy Graham was scheduled to speak. No one who was there will ever forget how the clouds parted as Graham stepped up to the microphone and the sun shone brightly on the gathering while he shared his message of God’s amazing grace.
Or when Roy Acuff said of Grandfather Mountain, “what a glorious place to praise the Lord. It is like being lifted right up there with your prayers.”
Everyone relishes memories of Arthur Smith and the Crackerjacks, music masters of the event from the 1950s through the early 1980s. Brother Ralph Smith would keep the crowd laughing with his country humor while Arthur inspired the gathering with dozens of his classic hymns, including “Acres of Diamonds.” Other crowd favorites who performed with Smith were Tommy Faile, Maggie Griffin, Don Ainge, the Shuler twins, and George Hamilton IV.