Brian Alvey, the baritone for Southern Gospel group Kingdom Heirs, has resigned. Citing personal reasons, Alvey will be pursuing other interests after leaving the team. The Kingdom Heirs wish Alvey well in his future endeavors. Andy Stringfield, our piano player, will be filling in until further notice. No auditions are currently scheduled.
Writing on social media, the team writes: "Brian Alvey, baritone for the Kingdom Heirs, recently resigned his position and is currently pursuing other interests at this time. The Kingdom Heirs wish Brian well in his future endeavors. Immediately, Andy Stringfield, our piano player, will be filling in until further notice. No auditions will be held at this time. Thank you and God Bless!"
Recently, Steve French, the founding member of Gospel group Kingdom Heirs, died on June 22. French and his girlfriend, Lindsey Hudson, 29, were on the run from police when they jumped to their deaths from a bridge over the New River Gorge.
In December of 2014, it was announced the French was retiring from Kingdom Heirs where he sang baritone for the group. Later, it was revealed that part of the reason for French's decision was because he had left his wife of 33 years. He was in a relationship with Lindsey Hudson, who reportedly worked at Dollywood.
Some have speculated that French and his girlfriend Hudson were involved in some illegal activities. The nature of these activties remain in the realm of speculations and onjectures. Later, the Sevier County authorities issued capias warrants for the couple's arrests - presumably for failing to appear in court. This was when French and Hudson decided to jump off a bridge in a double suicide. Both of which ended their lives tragically.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom Heirs continue to perform at Dollywood during much of the year, and tour during the off-season. Lead singer Arthur Rice, who has been with the group since 1995 and is currently president of the Southern Gospel Music Association, has long seemed to set the tone and direction for the group.