The Duncan Banner

Religion

January 6, 2011

Kingsmen swing into town

DUNCAN — Those who love gospel music are in luck as the Kingsmen Quartet will be coming to town to perform tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at Bethel Church. The quartet hopes to bring a message of hope and inspiration to the audience.

“We always look to say something, sing something, that is encouraging to people,” Ray Reese, member and owner of the Kingsmen, said. “Someone will see, out of our music, a message of hope and inspiration.”

The quartet usually visit Duncan for the Stephens County Sheriffs Reserve fundraiser. They will be making an extra stop on its current tour that will also bring them to Chickasha and Rush Springs.

“It’ll be a good opportunity for people to come out and enjoy some southern gospel music,” Pastor Ron Meador of Bethel Church said. “People can identify with the music they enjoy.”

The Kingsmen Quartet have been recording and performing since it were formed in North Carolina in 1956. Reese has been involved with the group for the last 45 years. He enjoys visiting this part of the country as the group performs 230 dates of the year.

“We are looking forward to seeing friends from Duncan and the surrounding areas,” Reese said. “We feel very much welcome and very much at home.”

The opportunity for Bethel Church to host the Kingsmen came forth after their original venue became unavailable.

“We got the call about three weeks ago, that their original venue was closed and if we wanted to host them this Saturday night,” Meador said. “It was a last minute thing as they were less than a month out. We looking forward to it, we hope we have a good crowd.”

Meador enjoys the music of the Kingsmen Quartet, having heard them perform in the past. He hopes that the crowd will be able to learn and grow from the ministry the group projects while singing.

“They are always upbeat and have good harmony, they usually perform good songs that the crowd loves,” Meador said. “We hope that it will help come welcome some people to Christ and encourage people in their ministry.”

Reese hopes that the audience will be able to experience with others the message and gospel to help them live a better, more rewarding Christian life.

“I hope people learn from the performance, the message is the same wherever we go,” Reese said. “That inspiration, spiritual courage is great for today’s overall spirituality of the nation. Through the word, through song and hope through Jesus, it will help them with the lord.”

The concert will be free for those in attendance but a love offering will be accepted for the quartet during the evening.

— Joshua Kellogg is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. He can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 142, or via e-mail at joshua.kellogg@duncanbanner.com.

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