Steve French a founding member of the Kingdom Heirs has passed away on June 22. He was 56 years-old.
Writing on Facebook, Kingdom Heirs express their condolences: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of former co-owner, baritone, and emcee, Steve French. We are praying for comfort and God's grace. We ask you to please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time."
Born in Mascot, Tennessee, French and his brother, Kreis, founded the group in 1981; both began performing musically at their church. He previously traveled with regional groups the Crystal River Boys and the King's Servants.
In 2002, French and his brother faced the task of replacing three key group members who had all resigned at the same time.Through skillful additions when necessary, they have managed to keep the group a fan favorite.In addition to his past responsibilities with the Kingdom Heirs, he had served on the board of directors for the National Quartet Convention.