The King's Heralds is a male gospel music
Gospel music is music that is written to express either personal, spiritual or a communal belief regarding Christian life, as well as to give a Christian alternative to mainstream secular music....quartet
In music, a quartet is a method of instrumentation , used to perform a musical composition, and consisting of four parts.-Western art music:...that began in 1927 and have recorded over 100 albums encompassing 30 languages. They are primarily known for their a cappella
A cappella music is solo or group vocal or singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style...singing and close harmony.
The King's Heralds began in 1927 by four college students (three of whom were brothers) in Keene, Texas who began singing gospel music, under the name Lone Star Four.
They soon appeared with Pastor R. L. Benton on his radio program on KFPL from Waco, Texas.
In 1936, they were invited by H.M.S. Richards to join the Voice of Prophecy in California, and were renamed the King's Heralds after a radio naming contest. This association continued until 1982, when they became a self-supporting ministry.
The King's Heralds are also known by the name The Heralds and in Spanish as Los Heraldos del Rey. Purported to be the oldest continuous gospel quartet in America, United States. They have been singing for over 80 years.
Throughout the years they have performed in over 50 countries and continue to tour extensively.
They were the first gospel music group from the West to tour The People’s Republic of China since 1949, singing for the "First Invitational Symposium on the Christian Church in China" sponsored by the US/China Education Foundation.
Long associated with the Seventh-day Adventist Voice of Prophecy
Voice Of Prophecy
radio broadcast, the Heralds are now promoted as trans-denominational and are regular guests on Praise The Lord
The Voice Of Prophecy is a long-running Seventh-day Adventist religious radio broadcast founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards, Sr.. Initially aired on a single radio station in Los Angeles it has since grown to numerous stations throughout the United States and Canada and more recently has begun...
Praise the Lord
Praise The Lord is the flagship television program of the Trinity Broadcasting Network , based in southern California, USA.For most of its history the show was primarily hosted by Paul and Jan Crouch. In recent years, Paul and Jan host the show only during telethons such as Praise-a-thon and the...on TBN
Trinity Broadcasting Network
The Trinity Broadcasting Network is the United States' largest Christian television network, offering 24 hour commercial-free programming....and It Is Written
It Is Written
It Is Written is an internationally broadcast Christian television program founded in 1956 by George Vandeman. Its title comes from the Gospel of Matthew: "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"It Is Written was the first....
- Recipient of twenty-three Silver Angel Awards for "Excellence in Media", including six for "Best Male Vocal Group", fourteen for "Best Album" and a "Best International Broadcast" award for their own radio program, "Sounds of Praise".
- "Gold" Angel Award for being the oldest continuous Gospel Quartet in America.
Most of their recordings have been released by Chapel Records
Chapel Records is a record label in currently in Nampa, Idaho that releases religious music. The label was founded in the late 1940's and still releases several CDS each year. Among the artists who have recorded for Chapel are The King's Heralds, Del Delker, The Heritage Singers, Wintley Phipps,..Their most recent album is "I Just Can't Wait" (2008).
Another recent album, with Jeff Pearles, is "Encores."
In 2009, at the National Quartet Convention, the quartet released their newest recording, "Hymn Sessions" arranged primarily by Russell Hospedales, the quartet's baritone.
The quartet is currently composed of:
- Don Scroggs - 1st Tenor
- Russell Hospedales - Baritone
- Joel Borg - 2nd Tenor
- Jeff Pearles - Bass
Complete list of singers
Past and present singers listed alphabetically by first name, including years in the group:
- Ben Glanzer, First Tenor 1944-1948
- Bob Edwards, First Tenor 1948-1971
- Bob Johnson, First Tenor 1939-1941
- Bob SeamountRobert Edwin SeamountRobert Edwin Seamount was a gospel singer, recording artist, pastor, missionary, and aircraft builder.-Life:..., Second Tenor 1941-1947, 1949-1961
- Don Scroggs, First Tenor 1983-Present
- Elwyn Ardourel, First Tenor 1949-1949
- Frank Dietrich, First Tenor 1947-1947, Second Tenor 1948-1948
- George Casebeer, First Tenor 1941-
- Gerald Fuentes, Second Tenor, 2004
- Jack Veazey, Baritone 1962-1997
- Jeff Pearles, Bass 2005-Present
- Jerry Dill, Bass 1947-1948, Baritone 1948-1949, Bass 1949-1962
- Jerry Patton, Second Tenor 1967-2004
- Jim Ayars, Bass 1977-2004
- Jim McClintock, Bass 1962-1977
- Joe Melashenko, Bass 1948-1949
- Joel Borg, Second Tenor 2004-Present
- John Ramsey, First Tenor; 1971-1983
- John Thurber, Second Tenor 1961-1967
- Lewis Crane, 1927-1939
- Ralph Simpson, Second Tenor 1940-1941
- Ray Turner, Bass 1927-1947
- Richard Lang, Baritone 1947-1948
- Russell Hospedales, Baritone 2002-Present
- Steve Laing, Baritone 1997-2002
- Vernon Stuart, Second Tenor 1939-1940
- Waldo Crane, 1927-1939
- Wayne H. Hooper was widely known as a gospel music composer, arranger and as a singer in the King's Heralds quartet for the Voice of Prophecy radio program...Baritone 1944-1947, 1949-1962
- Wesley Crane, Baritone 1927-1943
- Irving Steinel, 1937-1942
- Al Avila, 1942-1950
- Beth Thurston, 1950-1953
- Brad Braley, 1953-1972
- Calvin Taylor, 1972-1977
- Jim Teel, 1977-1989
- John Grover Lewis, 1989-1995