Kingsmen hire Chris Jenkins

The Kingsmen announced this morning that Chris Jenkins is their new tenor. Jenkins, 25, comes from Greensboro, North Carolina, and sang for two years with the Vintage Quartet. He commented:

I am so thankful that God has allowed me to do what I have always loved to do. 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.

After Harold Reed left the group last December, Ernie Phillips filled in for several months. After he came back off the road about a month ago, Chris began filling in. After several weeks filling in, he has been officially hired.

The Kingsmen 2012: Ray Dean Reese, Bob Sellers, Randy Crawford, Chris Jenkins, Brandon Reese

The Kingsmen: Ray Dean Reese, Bob Sellers, Randy Crawford, Chris Jenkins, Brandon Reese

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  1. Look who nailed it! And I quote:

    AARON SWAIN January 1, 2012 at 12:29 am
    I hadn’t thought of him, but he’d certainly be different than other tenors they’ve had.
    The name that I’ve mentioned to several people and have no doubt would do a great job is Chris Jenkins. He’s the tenor for a new group called the Vintage Quartet. I downloaded their new CD from Crossroads and was blown away with this guy’s range.

    • Yes, he did!

      I was there for Chris’s first audition several months ago, so I’ve known he was a contender. Then, starting several weeks ago, when Ernie left the road again and he started filling in, I thought it was pretty certain. But I’ve held my mouth till now.

  2. I heard Chris during one of his Kingsmen dates here in Kentucky and was fairly certain he would get the job. Kingsmen fans will be pleased when they hear him.

  3. Since Ernie left I have been anxious to hear an announcement about the new tenor. I haven’t posted a video link before, so I hope this is right.

    Can’t wait to hear him on some Kingsmen classics.

  4. I just listened to a few songs from the Vintage Quartet on YouTube that featured Chris and man can this boy sing! He has a great range and tone. I feel he will fit in nicely with the Kingsmen. Here is a link to a song featuring Chris for those who may not have heard him before:

  5. Here is another link I found that really showcases Chris’ ability and range: If you had any doubts as to if he can hit some of those high notes that the Kingsmen are famous for this link will put those doubts to rest.

  6. Not really a change of subject – but since you’re involved @ Crossroads… I cannot take the new Soul’d Out CD from my car. WOW!!! I don’t know when I’ve heard better pure singing. Much can be said about the songs as they are not all my real first like, but some are super. The vocals are perhaps the best I’ve ever heard in SG, and I go back to the days of the Imperials…

    I am willing to drive four or five hours to see these guys now. This recording should sell well – and I hope with some good publicity and concert attendance, these guys rise to the top of the charts and earn some recognition.


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