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2012 New Year's CelebrationThere are programs that happen each year that you can actually plan your quartet gospel calendar around. For instance, anyone involved with quartet gospel know that on the First Sunday in October, all roads lead to Augusta for The Swanee Quintet’s Anniversary. And, for over 30 years the Blockbuster Showdown has taken place in Florence, South Carolina during the first part of March. Likewise, each valentine weekend, quartet gospel enthusiasts journey to Albany, Georgia, for the Family Reunion Fest. Don’t forget the Mississippi Burning near the end of May. The Burning has been a mainstay on the Gospel Quartet concert calender for over 27 years.

And, of course there is the American Gospel Quartet Convention held the third (3rd) week of January in Birmingham, Alabama. This will be the twentieth (20th) year for the Convention. The “2012 AGQC will exhibit a strong atmosphere with a mixture of church and music industry presentations, seminars, record company showcases, special luncheon, and powerful preaching.”

Another annual event is the New Year’s Day program sponsored by Loretta Coleman in Columbia, South Carolina. January 1, 2012, will be the twelfth (12th) year for the program. The 2012 program is headlined by Doc McKenzie & The Hi-Lites. Joining the Doctor will be The Fantastic Violinaires, The Sensational Nightingales, The Legendary Singing Stars, Lil’ David & The Bells Of Joy, Lil’ Sonny & The Peacemakerz, Faithful, Rev. Mathew Mickens & The New Highway Travelers, and God’s Bless.

What a FANTASTIC way to begin the new year.


A few years ago, we were introduced to The Kingdom Travelers of Richmond, California. In 2006, the group released a self-titled CD consisting of 13 songs.

The Kingdom Travelers described themselves as being “commissioned to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with people all over the world.” They go on to state that there “are many genres to utilize in telling of His goodness, preaching, teaching, theatre, poetry, song and dance. We the Kingdom Travelers choose song.”

The Kingdom Travelers have been praising God in song for over ten (10) years. The original group was together for seven (7) years. Several members left to form a separate group.

The departing member of the group has changed their name to The Original Kingdom Travelers. They carried with them the initial group’s style that has been referred to as “Motown gospel music.”

Adding the word ‘Original’ to a group’s name suggests to those of this genre one of two things – 1) there has been a split in the group, or 2) there is another group in the area that may also be called The Kingdom Travelers.

It is not uncommon to see the designation of ‘Original’ in front of a gospel quartet group’s name – The Original Cotton Brothers, The Original Robinson Brothers, The Original Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi, The Original Five Blind Boys Of Alabama.

The current members of the group know as The Kingdom Travelers, are Elder Ron Rosson, Dawan King, Cecil Phillips, and Bishop L. E. Franklin. The musicians are Pastor Kenneth B. Hughes, Roderick Brewster, Lance Riley and Eric King. This group has chosen to return to the more traditional gospel quartet sound.

Thus, we recognize the unique aspect of a group splitting with the results being two group with similar (if not the same) name by spotlighting The Kingdom Travelers during Black Music Month.