The Kingsmen: Press Releases
Imagine, for a moment, that the Kingsmen weren’t a household name in Gospel Music. Imagine they were just coming out of the gate.
If that were the case, Battle Cry would be hailed as a breakout release. We would be talking about tenor Chris Jenkins and lead singer Bob Sellers as two of the most promising rising talents in the genre, joining veterans Randy Crawford (baritone) and Ray Dean Reese (bass). We would be discussing the production quality of an album that sounds like the great classics of the ‘70s and ‘80s—or, actually, like they would have sounded had they been recorded with today’s studio technology.
And, of course, we would be talking about the songs. Opener “Battle Cry” makes a statement: The Kingsmen are here to make an impact on this world. “Oh Yes I Am” is the sort of instantly-memorable hit that would put a new group on the map. And if we had to describe barn-burners “Beautiful City” and “Come and Dine,” we would say . . .
Well, we would say that we hadn’t heard this kind of energy since we caught a concert by a classic group called the Kingsmen back in ‘84. Because, of course, the Kingsmen are legends. They’ve had 12 #1 hits (spending 30 months at #1) and too many awards to count. They’re already members of the Southern Gospel Hall of Fame.
But if they weren’t, Battle Cry is the sort of recording that would start that kind of journey.
Discover again, for the first time, The Kingsmen.
ARDEN, NC (September 16, 2014): Horizon Records, a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, announces a new long-term recording contract with The Kingsmen. The upcoming release Battle Cry will continue a fruitful twenty-two year partnership that has brought countless awards and seven #1 radio hits.
“The Kingsmen have been a part of Horizon Records from day one,” said Mickey Gamble. “We’re honored to continue that relationship into the future.”
“The key is to never lose sight of what we are working towards,” says Ray Dean Reese, Kingsmen owner 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, wherever we’re singing.” Today The Kingsmen consist of 2008 Southern Gospel Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Dean Reese, his son Brandon Reese, Randy Crawford, Bob Sellers, and Chris Jenkins.
The debut single from Battle Cry, “Oh Yes I Am,” has made a strong debut, appearing at the #21 position on the November 2014 Singing News Radio Airplay chart.
Battle Cry will be available at physical and digital retail outlets on October 14, 2014.
With a hits legacy unsurpassed by any other artist in the industry, the Kingsmen could easily rest on their laurels and just sing the songs they’ve become famous for over their half-century history. But not these Kingsmen! They set new trends, not sit on the old ones.
Recent #1 hits as diverse as “When God Ran” and “God Saw a Cross” testify to this. The superb stylistic mix of Grace Says has already rendered the #1 top radio add for August with “He’s Everything I Need (That’s All I Need).” These facts are definitive proof that the old guard quartet is still fueled with fresh ideas and powered by energetic vocal performances. Without a doubt in many minds, they are still the best quartet in the Southern Gospel galaxy.
And what do 1956, Elvis, Interstates and the Kingsmen have in common? That’s the year it started for all of them!
The hits legacy continues with songs like:
- Oh What a Hallelujah Day – A happy hallelujah song that will have your soul dancing, doing cartwheels, and just generally jumping for joy!
- Ordinary Man – Reminding us that we are made extraordinary through Grace. An extraordinary song about our ordinary and sinful state and God’s inordinate, inexhaustible supply of love for us. The Kingsmen sent it to the stratosphere with an extraordinary and impassioned performance.
- Loving Shepherd, Gracious God – A soothing, mellow meditation on Psalm 23 from the perspective of an older sheep who has experienced the Shepherd’s faithfulness time and again.
Hear for yourself how the Kingsmen have continued their legacy.