Crowds enjoying a sunny day of gospel music. Photo from Grandfather Mountain

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Singing On The Mountain

ALL-DAY GOSPEL SINGING & FELLOWSHIP

Address: MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain, NC


Singing on the Mountain

The 91st annual Singing on the Mountain is an all-day gospel sing and fellowship held in MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain that features a dozen top gospel groups and sermon from a well known speaker.


History

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 and left in the Southern Appalachians. Founded in 1924 by Joe Hartley, Sr. as a Sunday school picnic and dinner on the grounds, the event is always held on the fourth Sunday in June.

Old timers can remember the time when Little Betty Johnson of the Johnson Family Singers led the crowd in a stirring sing-a-long that could be heard over a mile away on Grandfather Mountain’s Mile-High Swinging Bridge.


Event Information

This year, the 2015 Singing on the Mountain will be held on June 28. The “singing” is a day-long gathering held outside in a meadow at the base of Grandfather Mountain. The music officially begins at 8:30am and continues throughout the day, only stopping for a break at mid-day for a sermon. Many families bring lawn chair and picnics to make a day of the event and to see old friends while enjoying performances by top Southern Gospel groups.


The 2015 Lineup

George Hamilton IV Tribute: The 2015 musical lineup includes a tribute to Hamilton by his son, George Hamilton V, and “Brother Ralph” Smith’s sons, Tim and Roddy, along with Clay Smith and Andrew Greer.

Performers also include:
– The Primitive Quartet
– Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion
– The Cockman Family
– The Rick Webb Family
– Caleb’s Crossing with Ernie Penley
– Family Harmony
– Michael Combs
– Patricia Smith


Admission

Admission to “Singing on the Mountain” is completely free and the event is open to the public. Camping is available on the grounds on a first come-first served basis. The grounds are located two miles north of Linville and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway on US 221.