A southern gospel group seen by thousands every year at Dollywood took their performance on the road -- leaving the Smoky Mountains to help East Tennessee disaster victims.
The Kingdom Heirs held a concert in front of a sold out crowd at First Baptist Church in Greeneville. The sixth annual “Changing Lives” concert attracted more than 700 gospel fans.
Band manager Steve French says the Kingdom Heirs return every year because the concert holds a special place in hearts of the band members. “We love coming in here ‘cause it’s so close to home. Home is just naturally in us,” he said.
Red Cross Community Development Manager Anthony Morrison is one of the key organizers of the event. He says the band’s effort helps make his job easy. “They are very active helping us to do anything they can to make this a great event and help the Red Cross every way they can.”
The Kingdom Heirs concert not only has a profound effect on the community, but also the Red Cross effort in Greene County as well. “I think it has opened more doors. It’s actually helped [people] realize what the Red Cross does. I think it’s a win-win for the church, the Kingdom Heirs and the Red Cross,” said Morrison.
Morrison and other organizers are looking to expand the concert in the coming years by possibly adding other groups or singers.
The Kingdom Heirs have been the resident gospel group at Dollywood since 1989.
The Red Cross estimates this year’s concert raised nearly $25,000. Most of that will go to provide aid to disaster victims in East Tennessee.