Southern Gospel legends The Kingsmen to perform June 1

May 27, 2014
Photo by: Donated IN CONCERT — The Kingsmen will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Hazelwood Baptist Church.

One of Southern Gospel's finest groups, The Kingsmen, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Hazelwood Baptist, located at 265 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville.

The group has encouraged and uplifted listeners with its unique style since its conception in 1956. With countless records and compilations, Grammy nominations, Dove Awards and an induction into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame class of 2000, and the Christian Music Hall Of Fame in 2008, The Kingsmen is Christian music's most predominate quartet. The group continues to help define the Southern Gospel genre for a whole new generation of music lovers, perhaps more so than any other group.

"The key is to never lose site of what we are working towards," said Ray Reese, Kingsmen manager and bass singer. "We tour year in and year out to spread our music to people across the country. Our music has a message, the message of Christ. Every night we work to bring his message to our audience. Our goal is to see people saved through Jesus Christ whether we're singing indoors, outdoors, in an auditorium, church or on recorded music."

There aren't too many groups today with the kind of far-reaching legacy that comes with more than a five-decade career as one of Gospel music's most influential artists. The Kingsmen emerged in the 1950's with their own distinct style, unleashing music that would solidify them as pioneers in the Southern Gospel music field.

Also in concert will be veteran Southern Gospel singer/songwriter Ila Knight. Her music is heard around the world and has been recorded by the Inspirations Quartet, The Kingsmen, the Florida Boys, Providence Quartet, The Blackwood Brothers, The Hopper Brothers and Connie and many others. Knight's song, "I'll Live Again," recorded by The Kingsmen, was nominated for Song of the Year in 1999 at the Singing News Fan Awards.

The concert is free, open to the public, and a love offering will be taken. For more information, call 456-9434.

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