Thursday, May 9, 2013

King's Heralds Receive Unexpected Greeting In Philippines

Portland, TN (May 9, 2013) The oldest actively performing Gospel group in the nation, The King's Heralds returned to the Philippines for the first time in over 30 years. The group performed a concert for a special youth Congress in Mindanao.

Talented tenor, Don Scroggs stated “The Heralds always have had a special place in our hearts for missions and make as many trips to foreign countries as we can to help missionaries on their home front”.

Jeff Pearles, bass singer extraordinaire, chimed in, “Music seems to be a language that is universal and reaches in to the hearts of young people everywhere. We were so well received with a crowd of over 30,000 young people that our hearts were pounding as we took the stage”.

Some of those young people waited in their seats for over 12 hours prior to the concert to assure that they got a front row seat. The group performed many of the songs they have become noted for over the past 87 years of ministry; however, the audience was especially receptive to the newer Southern Gospel selections.

After the concert, about 5000 members of the audience wanted to meet the quartet and have pictures with them. The crowd was so excited about the King’s Heralds appearance, that security had a difficult time organizing the crowd so the pictures could be taken in an orderly fashion. After several announcements by security for the crowd to organize themselves, armed security guards had to escort the quartet out the backstage door to a vehicle waiting to transport them back to their hotel for their own safety. Pearles said, “It was the first time in all my years of singing that I was concerned for our personal safety."

Savvy arranger and baritone Russell Hospedales agreed, “When I felt the crowd begin to press in around us on all sides, I began to become a bit uncomfortable. I guess I'm not cut out to be a Rock Star.”

Consummate lead singer, Joel Borg says “Seeing the reaction of those young people was very humbling for us and while the degree of enthusiasm for the quartet was a bit unexpected, we felt bad for the people who wanted pictures that never got one.”

Scroggs said “Those young kids were excited to hear about Jesus. We are looking forward to a return trip next year."

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About The King's Heralds
The King’s Heralds have shared their music with thousands, including the Christian Booksellers Association, the National Association of Religious Broadcasters, the Protestant Health and Welfare Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference and the Baptist World Alliance. The King’s Heralds have been regular guests on “Praise the Lord” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and on the “It Is Written Telecast”. In addition to maintaining an extensive touring schedule, the group also shares their musical talents with patients and their families through a hospital ministry and have witnessed to hardened inmates with a prison ministry.

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