Kingdom Heirs: Press Releases
Nashville, TN –From the Mountains of East Tennessee, Southern Gospel Music fills the air and is the home of The Kingdom Heirs, one of Southern Gospel Music’s top groups. Jeff Chapman, Kreis French, Jerry Martin, Dennis Murphy, Arthur Rice, Andy Stringfield, and Brian Alvey are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year as a group, their 30th year as the resident Southern Gospel Quartet at Dollywood, and the forth-coming release of their new album on Sonlite Records, A New Look.
A New Look is set to release on October 2nd during the National Quartet Convention.
In support of A New Look the Kingdom Heirs will be releasing a series of instant gratification tracks from the album when pre-ordered. The first song is “The Chain Gang” and will be available August 7th.
“We are excited about the new recording and we have a variety of writers on this one; like Mark Bishop, Terry Franklin, Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck, Dennis Murphy, and Rodney Griffin just to name a few. We feel like we have some really great songs on this one,” said Arthur Rice.
The Kingdom Heirs have been nominated many times for industry awards such as The SGMA Awards, Dove Awards and The Singing News Fan Awards. Winning Newcomer Group of the Year in 1989, the group has been a constant favorite. The latest award is 2014 Band of the Year, which the band also won in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2013. They have also had many top ten songs, and currently have had 38 top 5 songs in a row, 11 number 1 songs, and 28 Song of the Year nominations.
“The future of the Kingdom Heirs is brighter than it’s ever been and we are all very thankful for the hard work that Crossroads and Sonlite Records do for us behind the scenes as well as what is obviously seen,” said Kreis French.
When groups record a Christmas CD, sometimes they capture the timeless sounds of the season. Sometimes they find songs and arrangements that fit their own distinctive style. The Heart of Christmas, the Kingdom Heirs’ new Christmas CD, does both.
Songs like “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Linus and Lucy” capture the timeless sounds that have defined Christmas music for generations.
Songs like “Go Tell / Go Tell It On The Mountain” and an acapella rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” capture the Kingdom Heirs’ timeless power harmonies and distinctive arrangements.
Once you hear it, you’ll want to get a few extra copies for someone who loves Gospel Music—or perhaps someone who’s about to!
On September 11th, The Kingdom Heirs, The Old Paths, and representatives of Sonlite Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, gathered at the Cardinal Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky to celebrate two recent #1 hits. The Old Paths’ radio single “God’s Great,” written by Rodney Birch, was #1 on the June 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart. The Kingdom Heirs’ #1, “Just Beyond the Sunset,” written by Dianne Wilkinson, is #1 on the current October 2013 Singing News Top 80 chart.
“What a run it’s been,” said Kingdom Heirs baritone and manager Steve French. “It took us several years to ever reach that #1 position but now we’ve had eight to make it to the top. That’s what happens when you have great songs, a great production, and the best radio department in the business!”
Old Paths baritone and manager Douglas Roark added, “We never imagined coming out of the gate with #1 songs. But to have two in a row, back to back, is just unbelievable. We owe so much to our record company, Crossroads Entertainment and especially to Jim Stover for doing such a great job representing our songs in the world of radio. We couldn’t be more excited!”
Chris White, President of Sonlite Records, commented: “It’s not often that you get to work with what may be two of the best quartets to ever have sung a note in our business. That’s what we’ve got with the Kingdom Heirs and The Old Paths. As well, they are both very serious about how they present the music with their abundance of talent and with the message these songs contain. We’re thrilled with our association with each of these artists.”
The Old Paths’ follow-up single, “He’s My Song,” has been heating up the charts; it has already reached the #6 position on the November 2013 chart. Meanwhile, the Kingdom Heirs’ new single, “The Borrowed Tomb,” is off to a strong start, as the #1 most added song for Singing News’ November 2013 Top New Releases chart.
PHOTO CAPTION: From left to right: Dennis Murphy (Kingdom Heirs), Tim Rackley (The Old Paths), Jerry Martin (Kingdom Heirs), Andy Stringfield (Kingdom Heirs), Jeremy Peace (The Old Paths), Kreis French (Kingdom Heirs), Douglas Roark (The Old Paths), Steve French (Kingdom Heirs), Chris White (Crossroads), Daniel Ashmore (The Old Paths), Jeff Chapman (Kingdom Heirs)
Sonlite Records President Chris White recently presented The Kingdom Heirs with plaques commemorating their recent #1 hit song, “Just Preach Jesus.” The song reached #1 on the April 2013 Singing News Radio Airplay Chart.
“A little over 25 years ago, the Kingdom Heirs’ first single, ‘Test Of Time,’ went to #2, just missing #1,” White said. “Many years later, we still hadn’t reached the top of the charts, beginning to wonder if we ever would. Now, the group has had a very impressive run to the top and ‘Just Preach Jesus’ may be the best so far. Its message makes it both timely and timeless.”
Kingdom Heirs manager Steve French agreed, adding: “‘Just Preach Jesus’ is a song of encouragement for our preachers and pastors. The key to our sermons and what we tell the world about is the same for today as it was for 2000 years, and that’s to tell a lost world about Jesus.”
The Kingdom Heirs’ current single, “Just Beyond the Sunset,” is quickly following “Just Preach Jesus” to the top of the charts. The month it released to radio, it was the song selected by the most radio DJs as a pick hit; in only its second month on the chart, it has already climbed to #20.
CAPTION: From left to right: Steve French, Arthur Rice, Jeff Chapman, Kreis French, Chris White, Dennis Murphy, Andy Stringfield, Jerry Martin.
At a time when many Southern Gospel groups are changing their approach to appeal to a wider audience, the Kingdom Heirs appeal to those audiences by continually presenting the perfected elements that have always drawn listeners to this music.
These elements are found as strong as ever on the group’s new Sonlite release Redeeming the Time. Lead singer Arthur Rice delivers a standout vocal performance on “I’ll Know I’m Home.” Tenor Jerry Martin shines on “I Thank You.” Baritone and emcee Steve French sings “Wasted Years,” and bass singer Jeff Chapman steps forward for the first radio single, “Just Beyond the Sunset.”
Redeeming the Time is one of the strongest albums the Kingdom Heirs have ever released and it will remind fans of why they loved Southern Gospel in the first place. Don’t miss this album!
What group has held musical court at Country Music queen Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee since 1986?
The Kingdom Heirs, that’s who.
Their exquisite harmonies are as flawlessly delivered and classic as The Lettermen, as unique and visionary as the Beach Boys. The Kingdom Heirs’ onstage demeanor and down-home manner appeals and attracts people, much as the Oak Ridge Boys do and the famous Statler Brothers once did.
- I’m Not Worried About Forever. An uptempo song about Heaven, co-written by Dianne Wilkinson and Jerry Salley, kicks the project off into high gear.
- Tell Me Why. A straight-ahead kickin’ quartet song – the project’s first radio single.
- I’m a Brand New Man. Jeff Chapman tells the story of Zaccheus with a voice as low as Zaccheus was short . . . bass-led beauty based on Zaccheus and the change Jesus made in the man.
- If You Give the Devil an Inch. Ageless truth wrapped in a big-band satchel.
- Heaven Is My Goal. A new convention song featuring new tenor Jerry Martin.
- It’s Real. A toe-tapping convention-style song penned by Squire Parsons
- When Heaven’s Gates Swing Open Wide. Start flipping through your red-backed hymnal . . . on what page was this one, again? Well, actually, it’s not there. But Jerry Martin’s deft touch gives this brand-new convention song an authentically classic feel.
- I’m Gonna Hit the Ground Running. A song so inspiring that it wouldn’t be hard to imagine it playing at the Pearly Gates.
- No Bones About It. A song about the resurrection, co-written by drummer Dennis Murphy.
- Where’s John. Haunting, left-behind theme that provides serious truth and provokes serious thought. Written from the viewpoint of someone who got left behind after the Rapture.
- Just Preach Jesus. The old preacher puts it straight up in this straight-ahead number that will remind you why you like quartet music in the first place.
- We Will Stand Our Ground. This power ballad challenges Christians to stand for Gospel truth.
Arden, NC (Crossroads) July 13, 2010 – This year, the Kingdom Heirs and Sonlite Records are both enjoying their 25th year in Southern Gospel music. Along the way, they have celebrated several number one songs, with the most recent being “He Locked The Gates.”
The Kingdom Heirs’ Steve French states, “We’ve had a good run through the years, with many songs in the charts, including several number two’s. However, it’s always exciting when you see your efforts land at that number one position. You know people have not only enjoyed your music but, we realize that we have touched lives with the message as well.”
“Its hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for 25 years now,” said Crossroads executive Chris White. “The Kingdom Heirs were one of the very first groups signed to the Sonlite label, and they have been a mainstay ever since.There has been a lot of loyalty from both parties through all these years, and that’s hard to find in the world we live in today. I truly appreciate what they have meant to the label through all the good times and even a few bad times,” White added.
“He Locked The Gates” is from the project When You Look At Me. The Kingdom Heirs’ latest release, 25th Anniversary, is a collection of 11 hit songs that were recorded by the group throughout the years. It truly is a collector’s dream.