Sweetwater Revival is thrilled to be featuring The Kingsmen for their 2024 Hallelujah Homecoming Concert!
For more than a half a century, The Kingsmen quartet has thrilled and blessed people in Gospel Music. Rising from humble beginnings in the mountains of western North Carolina, they have become one of the most beloved and innovative groups in Christian music. With many Radio hits throughout the years, their single “Excuses” was steady at number one for 18 months, making it the longest running number one song in Southern Gospel Music history.
The Kingsmen have performed on the south lawn of the White House for President Jimmy Carter, the opening ceremony of the World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN where President Ronald Regan was present to open the fair. The Kingsmen were the first group to film and record a live performance at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and in 2000 they were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, followed by the Christian Music Hall of Fame in 2008. They’ve garnered multiple dove awards and Singing News Fan awards throughout the years, including being voted favorite band a record SEVENTEEN times, making this quartet one of the most awarded groups in Southern Gospel Music!
"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 we're singing indoors, outdoors, in an auditorium, church or studio recordings ". Today the Kingsmen consist of 2008 hall of fame inductee, Ray Dean Reese, Brandon, Chris Jenkins, Chris Bryant, & Alan Kendall.
Sweetwater Revival, known as The Female Quartet of Southern Gospel Music, has traveled in Southern Gospel circles for 18+ years. With numerous award nominations, many songs consistently on the National Southern Gospel charts, and worldwide Radio play (in 140 countries), their ministry has successfully made it's mark in southern gospel music. In a genre packed with all male groups, these ladies have been nominated for "Female Group of the Year" Twelve times and have been blessed to be featured on Gospel Music Television. They consistently “sing a new song to the Lord” with an array of all original music and have shared the stage with renown Artists like the Grammy Nominated Talley Trio, The Perrys, The Whisnants, Greater Vision, The Mark Trammell Quartet, Lu Lu Roman, and Contemporary Christian Artist Ginny Owens!
It is rare to find women in four-part harmony. They are known for their heavenly blend and powerful vocals, but most importantly for their consistent presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While many in the business make it about jokes and entertainment, these women see concerts as precious time to share Jesus with a lost and dying world. Concerts are filled with moving testimony of what God has done and a consistent use of Scripture. They will be the first to tell you that their reason for coming together is to share the love and encouragement of Jesus Christ and most importantly the Gospel message. Come be a part of this exciting evening in southern gospel music at Trinity Evangelical Free Church when Sweetwater Revival and The Kingsmen come together to lift up the Name of Jesus Christ!