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Welcome All State Annual Singing Convention participants to Benson North Carolina!

The Board of Directors is delighted to have you participate in the 92nd State Annual Singing Convention beginning on Friday, June 22, 2012, through Sunday June 24, 2012. The past several years has seen a decline in the number of Groups in several categories which has made it necessary to combine some of the all male and all female categories to keep the Sing competitive. There has been much discussion on the topic and a decision made.  We do appreciate the communication the Board of Directors has received. Some changes have been implemented for the last two Singing Conventions and we plan to continue to monitor these changes through this year’s Sing to determine the effect on the Convention and its ability to provide the proper venue.    If after this year’s Singing Convention the desired result has not been achieved the Board will again take the matter under consideration.  We regret the disappointment as our only intention is to Praise God in song through those to which the talent was given, and to make available a venue that would allow exposure of that talent to those that appreciate Southern Gospel Music.  The Sing also provides an opportunity for the groups both established and new to be heard and become known in the Southern Gospel Community.

Attention groups! 

Great news from the 92nd  State Annual Singing Convention in Benson, North Carolina!   Groups attending the Convention this year will have an additional incentive when entering the contest and talent search.  The Grand Champion Winner will receive a recording package from The Farm Recording Studio in Madison, North Carolina.  Perhaps your group has a new project? What a wonderful opportunity to record where the Hoppers do!   All singers are encouraged to get their songs ready.  Please remember that our competition and talent search begins at 2 pm on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 24, 2012, and your group must be present on both days to be eligible for the recording package.    

Just to remind all participants the Sing is formatted to include competition on both Saturday and Sunday with the competition starting at 2 pm each day.  Groups are required to perform different songs on each day.  The length of each song may not be longer than 4 ½ minutes from the time the music begins.  If a song extends longer than the 4 1/2 minutes, a total of 3 points will be deducted from the group’s overall score.

The use of stacked or background vocals will result in a 5 point penalty deducted from the total score.  This is to ensure that the only sound heard is from those offering the song from the stage.  All background music must be in standard CD format. We will not have equipment to play any other format.

The score from both days will be added together to determine the winners of the Loving Cups and the total point score from both days will be used to determine the winner of the Grand Prize and Consolation Trophy. No awards will be given after Saturday’s competition.  It will be necessary to compete each day to attain enough points to win any cups or trophies.  During the awards presentation, each group is asked to be present or have a representative present at the back of the stage.


The groups in each category will reverse from Saturday to Sunday.  Each category will sing in the same order both days, but the groups within the categories will sing in a different order each day.

The Board has listened to many comments and suggestions from past participants and has implemented these enhancements to continue the great heritage of the Benson State Annual Singing Convention.

Mark your calendars and join us in Benson for the 92nd State Annual Singing Convention.  Check out our website at www.gospelsingingconvention.org and pre-register, or email bensonsing@gospelsingingconvention.org  or dlhawk@embarqmail.com for more information.    See us on Facebook. You may also call (919) 894-4389.


Board of Directors      

State Annual Singing Convention







"God has blessed us with one of the oldest and largest gospel sings in the United States."

-Danny Mack Holland
President State Annual 
Singing Convention