If there's one group whose name inspires thoughts of pure, passionate, solid and true music, it's The Kingsmen. They've encouraged and uplifted listeners with their unique style since the conception of the group in 1956. With countless records and compilations sold, Grammy nominations, four Dove Awards and an induction into the "Gospel Music Hall of Fame"-class of 2000, "The Christian Music Hall Of Fame" in 2008, this certainly solidifies The Kingsmen as gospel musics most predominate Quartet. The momentum has not stopped as the group helps 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 sight of what we are working towards" says 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 it is indoors, outdoors, in an auditorium, church or recorded music ".
There aren't too many groups today who can boast the kind of far-reaching legacy that comes with a 53-year 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. They continue to carry the legacy on today.