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THE KINGSMEN and THE PERRYS: Two Gospel Music Greats

For more than half a century, no group has secured a far-reaching legacy as THE KINGSMEN. Through the late 1970s and 1980s they recorded hit after hit, including “Old Ship of Zion,” “Beautiful Home,” and “Saints Will Rise.” In 1981, “Excuses” became THE KINGSMEN’s biggest hit of the era, steady at number one for 18 months, making it the longest-running number one song in Southern Gospel Music History.

If you have ever seen THE PERRYS in concert, you have undoubtedly sensed the power and conviction with which they sing. From the high-octane, hand-clapping hit, “I Wish I Could Have Been There,” to the anointed anthem, “If You Know Him,” the Dove Award-winning group has been delivering soul-stirring performances across North America for nearly five decades.