The Kingsmen Quartet

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The Kingsmen
Also known as Carolina Boys (2001-04)
Origin Asheville, North Carolina
Genres Christian, Southern Gospel
Years active 1956-present
Website kingsmenquartet.com
Members Ray Dean Reese (bass)
Chris Jenkins (tenor)
Randy Crawford (baritone)
Bob Sellers (lead)
Brandon Reese (sound system)
Past members see section below

The Kingsmen Quartet (better known as The Kingsmen) is an American Christian music group.

Musical career[edit]

The Kingsmen are a Southern Gospel vocal quartet based out of Asheville, North Carolina. Many legends of Southern Gospel (Jim Hamill,[1] Squire Parsons,[2] Anthony Burger,[3] Mark Trammell, Ed Crawford, Ernie Phillips), and Bryan hutson[4] have been members of The Kingsmen. The group is currently owned and managed by bass vocalist, Ray Reese.

In early 2007, former lead singer Bryan Hutson returned to the group to replace the departing Tony Peace as baritone and emcee.

Tenor singer; Jeremy Peace left in May 2007 to concentrate on studio work and former Florida Boys tenor; Harold Reed joined the Kingsmen.

In late 2007 pianist Nick Succi and bassist Grant Barker left the group.

In 2008, the group was inducted into The Christian Music Hall Of Fame in Dallas, Texas. In October 2008, long time bass singer; Ray Reese joined former Kingsmen members (Eldridge Fox, Jim Hamill, Anthony Burger and Squire Parsons) in The Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame[5] in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Cody McVey; a 17 year old piano player from Alderson, WV was hired in early 2009.

Phillips Hughes resigned in May 2010 and Bryan Hutson returned to the lead vocalist position. Former Kingsmen Randy Crawford returned in June 2010 as the baritone/lead singer.

In July 2011, Cody McVey left to pursue a college education.

In December, 2011, Bryan Hutson announced that he was leaving the Kingsmen to join Soul'd Out Quartet. Lead singer Bob Sellers was brought in to fill the vacancy.

Harold Reed also left the Kingsmen at that time, joining the Lefevre Quartet. Chris Jenkins was hired in May of 2012 as Tenor.

Awards[edit]

Singing News Fan Awards

Other

Members[edit]

The group today is composed of Owner, Manager, and Bass Singer, Ray Reese; Lead Bob Sellers; Baritone Randy Crawford and Tenor Chris Jenkins. Former drummer Brandon Reese is now the group's sound technician.

Tenor[edit]

(names in bold are current members)

  • Charles Collier (1956–58)
  • Jack Henderson (1958–65)
  • Kermit Jamerson (1965–69)
  • Jerry Redd (1969–71)
  • Johnny Parrack (1971–77)
  • Ernie Phillips (1977–83)
  • Gary Sheppard (1984–93)
  • Chris Collins (1993–98)
  • Jerry A Martin (1998-02)
  • Derrick Boyd (2003–04) (only performed with Carolina Boys)
  • Jeremy Peace (2004–07)
  • Harold Reed (2007–2011)
  • Chris Jenkins (2012–present)

Lead[edit]

  • Everett McKinney (1956)
  • Lewis McKinney (1956–57)
  • Harold Bailey (1957–58)
  • Frank Cutshall (1958–71)
  • Jim Hamill (1971–76, 77-93, 95-96)
  • Squire Parsons (1976-77)
  • Tim Surrett (1993–95, 2003-04)
  • Bryan Hutson (1996-01, (2010–2011)
  • Randy Crawford (2001–03)
  • Phillip Hughes (2004–2010)
  • Bob Sellers (2011–present)

Baritone[edit]

  • Raymond McKinney (1956–65)
  • Eldridge Fox (1965–75, 1976, 1979)
  • Squire Parsons (1975–79) (also lead in 1976)
  • Mark Trammell (1979–80)
  • Wayne Maynard (1980–83)
  • Ed Crawford (1983–88)
  • Arthur Rice (1988–89)
  • Parker Jonathan (1989-02)
  • Tim Surrett (2002-03, 04-05)
  • Jason Selph (2003–04)
  • Tony Peace (2005–07)
  • Bryan Hutson (2007–2010)
  • Randy Crawford (2010–present)

Bass[edit]

  • Reese McKinney (1956–63)
  • Calvin Runion (1963–67)
  • Ray Dean Reese (1967–68)
  • Calvin Runion (1968–70)
  • Jim McCallister (1970–71)
  • Ray Dean Reese (1971–present)

Pianist[edit]

  • Charlie Matthews (1956–57)
  • David Young (1957–58)
  • Martin Cook (1958)
  • Eldridge Fox (1958–60)
  • Charles Ward (1960–61)
  • Ray Talley (1961–64)
  • Eldridge Fox (1964–65)
  • Ray Talley (1965–71)
  • Charles Abee (1971–73)
  • Nick Bruno (1973–78)
  • Anthony Burger (1978–93)
  • Randy Matthews (1993–96)
  • Tim Lovelace (1996–97)
  • Andrew Ishee (1997–2001)
  • Nick Succi (2001–2008)
  • Cody McVey (2009–2011)

Additional Musicians[edit]

  • John Dalton (Drums, 1964–65)
  • Jim Kirby (Guitar, 1964–69)
  • Jim McCauley (Bass guitar, 1964–67)
  • Otis Lynn Dillon (Bass, 1980–81)
  • Tommy Hensley (Bass guitar, 1969–71)
  • Jim McCauley (Bass guitar, 1971–78)
  • John Broome (Drums, 1971–74)
  • Leonard Hollifield (Guitar, 1971–73)
  • Eddie Trent (Steel Guitar, 1971–73)
  • Bob Conley (Guitar, 1976)
  • Chester Arms (Drums, 1974–76)
  • Gary Dillard (Steel Guitar, 1974–80)
  • Greg Fox (Drums, 1977–99)
  • Mark Trammell (Bass guitar, 1978–80)
  • Wayne Maynard (Bass guitar, 1983–84)
  • Sam Crowe (Steel Guitar, 1980–83)
  • Jim McCauley (Bass guitar, 1980–81)
  • Ed Crawford (Bass guitar, 1981–83)
  • Gary Dillard (Steel Guitar, 1983–93)
  • Arthur Rice (Bass guitar, 1984–89, also sang lead)
  • Tim Surrett (Bass guitar, 1989–96)
  • Randy Miller (Guitar, 1993–98)
  • Rory Rigdon (Bass guitar, 1995–97)
  • Jason Selph (Bass player, 1999-07)
  • Colby McClatchey (Bass player, 1998)
  • Brandon Reese (Drums, 1999-08)
  • Tim Surrett (Guitar, 2003–06)
  • Grant Barker (Bass guitar, 2007–08)
  • Brandon Reese (Sound system, 2008- )

Discography[edit]

1950s and 1960s[edit]

  • 1959 What Love (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, McKinney, Talley)
  • 1960 New Jerusalem (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, McKinney, Talley)
  • 1962 Closer To Thee (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, McKinney, Talley)
  • 1963 That Kingsmen Sound (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, McKinney, Talley)
  • 1963 From The Land Of The Sky (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, Runion, Talley)
  • 1964 A Visit With The Kingsmen (Henderson, Cutshall, McKinney, Runion, Fox)
  • 1965 Carolina's Favorite Quartet (Henderson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion)
  • 1966 Songs and Spirituals (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley)
  • 1967 Sing Out! (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley)
  • 1968 Kingsmen Kountry (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Reese, Talley)
  • 1968 Daddy Sang Bass (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley)
  • 1968 Crown Him King (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley)
  • 1969 Try A Little Kindness (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley, Hemsley)
  • 1969 Standing Room Only (Jamerson, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley, Hemsley)

1970s[edit]

  • 1970 The Kingsmen (Redd, Cutshall, Fox, Runion, Talley)
  • 1971 Then and Now (Redd, Cutshall, Fox, McCallister, Talley)
  • 1971 Suddenly There's A Valley (Redd, Hamill, Fox, Reese)
  • 1971 America's Favorite Hymns (Redd, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield)
  • 1971 Presented by Colonial Mobile Homes (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield)
  • 1972 May Day (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley)
  • 1972 Turn Your Radio On (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley, Trent)
  • 1972 It's Time To Ring The Bell (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley, Trent)
  • 1972 Johnny Parrack Out Front (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley)
  • 1972 Hymn Time in the Country (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley)
  • 1973 High and Low: Johnny Parrack and Ray Dean Reese (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley)
  • 1973 Sing A Lot of Gospel (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, Hollifield, McCaulley)
  • 1973 Reverend Everett Beverly and Anna Laura (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, McCaulley)
  • 1973 Just Plain Singin' (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Abee, Broome, McCaulley)
  • 1973 Just As The Sun Went Down (same album as above)
  • 1973 Big and Live (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Broome, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1974 1686 lbs. of Gospel (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Broome, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1975 Jubiliation (Parrack, Hamill, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1975 The Old and the New: Jim Hamill and Squire Parsons (Parrack, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1975 24 Carat Gospel (Parrack, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1976 It Made News In Heaven (Parrack, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1976 Just In Time (Parrack, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard, Conley)
  • 1976 Golden Gospel (Parrack, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, Arms, McCaulley, Dillard, Conley)
  • 1977 Just A Little Closer Home (Phillips, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, McCaulley, Dillard)
  • 1977 Chattanooga Live (Phillips, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, McCaulley, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1978 The Upper Window (Phillips, Hamill, Parsons, Fox, Reese, Bruno, McCaulley, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1979 From Out Of The Past (Phillips, Hamill, Fox, Parsons, Reese, Burger, Trammell, Dillard, G. Fox)[9]

1980s[edit]

  • 1980 Ring The Bells Of Freedom (Phillips, Hamill, Maynard, Fox, Reese, Burger, Trammell, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1981 Live...Naturally (Phillips, Hamill, Maynard, Fox, Reese, Burger, McCaulley, Crowe, G. Fox)
  • 1982 Your Ride Is On The Way (Phillips, Hamill, Maynard, E. Crawford, Fox, Reese, Burger, Crowe, G. Fox)
  • 1982 With Grady Nutt (Phillips, Hamill, Maynard, E. Crawford, Fox, Reese, Burger, Crowe, G. Fox)
  • 1983 Live From The University of Alabama (Phillips, Hamill, Maynard, E. Crawford, Reese, Crowe, G. Fox)
  • 1984 The Game of Life (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Crawford, Fox, Reese, Burger, Rice, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1984 Kingsmen Silver (Compilation album plus two original featuring Sheppard)
  • 1985 Better In Person (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Crawford, Reese, Burger, Rice, E. Fox, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1986 Stand Up At Opryland USA (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Crawford, Reese, Burger, Rice, E. Fox, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1987 Mississippi Live (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Crawford, Reese, Burger, Rice, E. Fox, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1988 Anchors Aweigh (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Crawford, Reese, Burger, Rice, E. Fox, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1989 The Judgement (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)

1990s[edit]

  • 1990 Live in Dayton (Sheppard, Hamill, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1991 Wish You Were Here (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1992 Singin' in the Sun Live (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1992 Walking With Jesus (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, G. Fox)
  • 1992 Singing News Hits (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, G. Fox)
  • 1992 Living By Faith (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1993 Kingsmen Band (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1993 27 Great Gospel Songs (Sheppard, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Burger, Surrett, Dillard, G. Fox)
  • 1993 New Life (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1994 Ridin' High (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1994 Live From The Alabama Theatre (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1994 A Kingsmen Christmas (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1994 30 Great Gospel Songs (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1995 Georgia Live (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Jonathon, Reese, Matthews, Surrett, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1996 40th Anniversary Reunion: Perfecting The Crown
  • 1996 Beyond The Clouds (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Lovelace, Rigdon, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1997 You're Not Alone (Collins, Hamill, E. Fox, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Rigdon, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1997 Kingsmen Klassics (Collins, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Lovelace, Rigdon, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1998 The Old Time Way (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Mclatchy, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1998 Kingsmen Klassics 2 (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1999 Southern Standards (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1999 Shelter (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, Miller, G. Fox)
  • 1999 Not Quite As Big, But Just As Live (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, Miller, G. Fox)

2000s to present[edit]

  • 2000 Proven Time And Again (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, G. Fox)
  • 2001 I Will (Martin, Hutson, Jonathon, Reese, Ishee, Selph, B Reese, G. Fox)
  • 2001 Honoring the Heritage 1 (as Carolina Boys)
  • 2002 Good News! (as Carolina Boys) (Martin, R Crawford, Jonathon, Reese, Succi, Selph, B Reese)
  • 2003 Ready (as Carolina Boys) (Boyd, R Crawford, Surrett, Reese, Succi, Selph, B Reese)
  • 2004 Born Again (Peace, Surrett, Reese, Succi, Selph, B Reese)
  • 2005 My Past Is Past (Peace, Hughes, Surrett, Reese, Succi, Selph, B Reese)
  • 2006 Good, Good God (Peace, Hughes, T Peace, Reese, Succi, Selph, B Reese)
  • 2007 I'll Not Turn Back-Live (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, Succi, Barker, B Reese)
  • 2007 Honoring The Heritage 2- Live (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, Succi, Barker, B Reese)
  • 2008 When God Ran (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, B Reese)
  • 2009 Missing People (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, McVey, B Reese)[10]
  • 2010 Honoring The Heritage 3 (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, McVey, B Reese)
  • 2010 Live Performances From The National Quartet Convention (Reed, Hughes, Hutson, Reese, McVey, B Reese)
  • 2011 Grace Says (Reed, Hutson, Crawford, Reese, McVey, B Reese)
  • 2012 Once Again (Jenkins, Sellers, Crawford, Reese, B Reese)
  • 2013 Front Row Live (Jenkins, Sellers, Crawford, Reese, B Reese)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sgma.org/inductee_bios/jim_hamill.htm Jim Hamill biography (Southern Gospel Music Association)
  2. ^ http://www.sgma.org/inductee_bios/squire_parsons.htm Squire Parsons biography (Southern Gospel Music Association)
  3. ^ http://www.sgma.org/inductee_bios/anthony_burger.htm Anthony Burger (Southern Gospel Music Association)
  4. ^ http://burkesbrainwork.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/bryan-hutson-departs-kingsmen-joins-sould-out/
  5. ^ http://www.sgma.org/inductee_bios/ray_dean_reese.htm Ray Reese at the Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame
  6. ^ http://www.gmahalloffame.org/site/year-of-2000 Gospel Music Hall of Fame 2000
  7. ^ http://hallmuseum.com/induction.htm Christian Music Hall of Fame inductions
  8. ^ http://www.sgma.org/inductee_bios/ray_dean_reese.htm
  9. ^ http://www.metrolyrics.com/1979-dove-awards.html 1979 Dove Awards for From Out Of The Past
  10. ^ http://www.southerngospelblog.com/archives/3125 Southern Gospel Blog: CD Review: Missing People

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