Well after quite the search since Harold Reed departed earlier in the year, The Kingsmen announced they have hired Chris Jenkins as their new tenor. Here is the press release the group issued.
The Kingsmen are pleased to announce the addition of Chris Jenkins as our new tenor vocalist.
Chris, 25, has been singing in various ministries and groups since his teenage years, most recently tenor vocalist for the Vintage Quartet since 2010. Prior to joining The Kingsmen, Chris worked as a loan officer and banking manager for the last six years.
“I am so thankful that God has allowed me to do what I have always loved to do,” says Chris. “I could not be more excited about joining a group with such a legacy and rich history as The Kingsmen. I have been a fan of The Kingsmen since I was very young. I look forward to seeing what the future holds with this great quartet, especially this line-up of individuals as they are top-notch vocalists. It is a real honor to follow in the footsteps of some of my heroes.”
Chris will begin touring with the group immediately. In fact he has been filling in with us in recent weeks. Chris, along with his wife Kimberly, and two children make their home right outside of Greensboro, in the piedmont area of North Carolina.
Chris is looking forward to meeting many friends and fans of The Kingsmen as he begins this new chapter in his life. To find out when the Kingsmen Quartet will be in a city near you please visit us at www.kingsmenquartet.com also visit our facebook page atwww.facebook.com/kingsmenquartet
I have to honestly say I’ve never heard of the Vintage Quartet or Chris prior to this announcement. Upon a little YouTube research, I found this video of him singing “Oh What A Savior”. I’m not really sure there is anyone whom you can compare his voice to. I hear shades of a young Ernie Haase, but its hard to say without hearing him live. It will be interesting to see what the new vocal blend sounds like for the group. Be sure to see the Kingsmen when they come to your area, and welcome Chris to the group!