KingsmenBattleCRStreetDateImagine, 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.