Steve French (singer)

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Steve French
Born (1959-09-24)September 24, 1959
Mascot, Tennessee, U.S.
Died June 22, 2016(2016-06-22) (aged 56)
Fayette County, West Virginia, U.S.
Genres Christian
Years active 1981 (1981) – December 2, 2014
Associated acts Kingdom Heirs

Steve French (September 24, 1959 – June 22, 2016) was an American baritone who was the emcee, owner, and a founding member of the Kingdom Heirs.[1][2] Born in Mascot, Tennessee, French and his brother, Kreis, founded the group in 1981; both began performing musically at their church.[3] He previously traveled with regional groups the Crystal River Boys and the King's Servants.

In 2002, French and his brother faced the task of replacing three key group members who had all resigned at the same time.[4] Through skillful additions when necessary, they have managed to keep the group a fan favorite.[5] In addition to his past responsibilities with the Kingdom Heirs, he had served on the board of directors for the National Quartet Convention.[6] He died at the age of 56 on June 22, 2016.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S / Steve French". SGHistory.com. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Kingdom Heirs". ChristmasReviews.com. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Kingdom Heirs". ChristianMusic.com. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "A Word From Steve French of the Kingdom Heirs". SouthernGospel.com. 24 September 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "2009 Fan Awards Top Ten Finalists". SouthernGospel.com. 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "NQC Reorganizes". The Singing News. 1 March 2005. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Scoops, SGN (28 June 2016). "Steve French Has Passed Away - Southern Gospel News SGN Scoops Digital". sgnscoops.com. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  8. ^ http://wrgc.com/gospel-singer-dies-in-double-suicide/