Arden, North Carolina (May 3, 2019) — With the most #1 hits in Southern Gospel history, a dedicated following, and a faithful message for the masses, The McKameys’ great music and unwavering dedication to the Lord have stood the test of time.
Now, as this legacy artist announces they will no longer be touring full-time after this fall, we are fortunate to look back on their illustrious recording and performing career with a nostalgia that has marked the lives of fans and listeners of Southern Gospel Music. In a way like no other, The McKameys have brought their anointed message of faithfulness and the power of the Gospel to the world. With The Crown, they deliver that message again, and it is exceptionally special at this point in their decades-long career. The album will be available everywhere May 31 from Horizon Records and is available for pre-order now.
We are very excited about our 54th project entitled The Crown. God has blessed us with great songs in the past, and this project is no exception,” The McKameys say.
The album begins with the sweet four-part harmonies of “We All Need A Savior.” Featuring the lead vocals of Sheryl Farris, this song tells of accepting Jesus as your savior and finding answers to life’s troubles.
The Crown continues with several songs that evoke the spirit of hymns sung from church pews. From the inspired writing of Rebecca Peck and John Robinson, “You Must Be Born Again” features the group’s matriarch Peg McKamey Bean and beckons the sinner to repent.
“Cleanse Me,” an old hymn, is a heartfelt cry for a renewal in our relationship with Christ. Performed in a rich 4-part harmony, it’s an alter invitation and musical prayer to free ourselves from wickedness and cleanse us from sins.
It’s followed by “Go Back And Pray,” another traditional hymn that features Ruben Bean with a call and response chorus. Led by acoustic instruments, this song with bluegrass flavor evokes a scene of an old country church.
The album brings moments of stillness with emotional ballads. Featuring Peg, “The Holy Spirit Prayed,” tells of the Holy Spirit stepping in when the words for prayer can’t be found. With a smooth lead from Elijah Fortner, “God Is Good” is also emotionally stirring in its simplicity of just one voice and a piano.
“Heavy,” featuring Roger Fortner, tells how the burdens of life can lead to a dark mindset, but with God, that load can be lifted and carried for us. The song, with its quiet moments, encourages reflection on life and how steadfast belief in God can change it for the better.
The upbeat, mid-tempo “Don’t Forget” reminds that God will help guide us to Heaven if we keep the faith. The album’s title track, “The Crown,” features Connie Fortner and is about glorifying Jesus. The song speaks to personal faith and finding a home alongside Jesus in Heaven.
The Crown closes with “From Dust To Glory,” the album’s first radio single that tells a story of life after death and a man whose purpose was rebuilt by God. Written by Sheryl Farris, it sings,
“From dust to glory, a purpose revealed.
Transformed by His power; Oh, to be just like Him.
An unbelievable story and yet it’s so real.
From dust to glory, another promise fulfilled.”
“From the mountain sounds of ‘Go Back And Pray’ to the classic sounds of ‘You Must Be Born Again’; with ‘From Dust To Glory,’ the story of every Christian, to the reminder that ‘God Is Good,’ and all the songs in between…God has surely put His touch on this project and we are grateful!” The McKameys say.
Pre-order The Crown HERE.
About The McKameys
The McKameys are a family group based out of Clinton, Tennessee, entering in their sixth decade of spreading God’s message of love and hope through their music. There have been a few changes throughout the years after beginning as 3 sisters to the group now consisting of one of those original sisters, Peg McKamey Bean along with her husband, Ruben, their daughter Connie Fortner along with her husband, Roger Fortner, their son, Elijah Fortner; and Sheryl Farris, Peg and Ruben’s younger daughter.
The wonderful harmonies of this family along with great songs gives them a unique opportunity to share God’s love as well as encourage the saints. Whether they are performing one of their classics like “Right On Time,” “I’ve Won,” “Unspoken Request,” “There Is Jesus,” their signature song, “God On The Mountain” or a new release, there is an undeniable energy that carries them through each performance.
The McKameys have been awarded several different Singing News Fan Awards through the years and Ruben and Peg are also recipients of The Marvin Norcross Award and Norcross/Templeton Award, respectively. In 2016, Peg McKamey Bean was inducted into The Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame. This family group remains devoted to their Lord, first of all, and to their call to spread God’s Word to others through their music.