Time: 08:30 am - 03:00 pm
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The all-day gospel sing and fellowship returns to MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain for its 93rd year. A dozen top gospel groups will perform, and audiences can expect a sermon from a well-known speaker. Free admission. Camping (without hookups) is available on the field.
93rd Annual Singing on the Mountain
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 until 3 p.m., 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 Singing on the Mountain is free, and camping (without hookups) is available across from MacRae Meadows on a first come, first served basis. The Singing grounds are located on U.S. 221, two miles north of Linville and one mile from the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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This year, celebrated evangelist Anne Graham Lotz will deliver the sermon. Her father, the Rev. Billy Graham, calls her “the best preacher in the family.” She has been profiled on “60 Minutes,” and has appeared on such TV shows as “Larry King Live” and “The Today Show.“
Her “Just Give Me Jesus” revivals have been held in more than 30 cities and in 12 different countries. She is also a best-selling and award-winning author, with some of her works including “Wounded by God’s People,” “Fixing My Eyes on Jesus,” “Expecting to See Jesus,” and a children’s book, “Heaven: God’s Promise for Me.”
The Graham family has long shared a deep connection with the Singing. Billy Graham spoke in 1962, his son, Franklin, spoke in 1993 and 1999, and Franklin’s son, Will, spoke in 2013. In addition, Billy Graham’s brother-in-law, Leighton Ford, spoke at the Singing in 1989 and 2014.
To learn more about Anne Graham Lotz, visit www.annegrahamlotz.org.
2017 Musical Guests
93 Years of Memories
June 2017 marks the 93rd 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 more than nine decades: “Whosoever will may come.”
Oldtimers 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.
Address: 2050 Blowing Rock Highway, Linville, NC 28646