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Kingdom Heirs headline concert for Red Cross

staff report • Feb 28, 2013 at 12:53 PM

GREENEVILLE — The Kingdom Heirs, chart-topping gospel music artists, will headline the “Forward Air Changing Lives” fund-raiser, a fifth annual concert for the American Red Cross of Greene County.The Foundations, a local gospel quartet, will open the show.

Changing Lives will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 7, at First Baptist Church, 211 N. Main St., Greeneville.

“The Kingdom Heirs were so popular at our first four ‘Changing Lives’ shows that we keep bringing them back,” said event chairman Dr. Shelly Shaw. “We sell about a thousand tickets for each annual show, and we hope to do the same this year.”

Forward Air Corporation is the show’s lead sponsor with several Greeneville area businesses and individuals serving as co-sponsors.

Tickets are $15 each, and are available at Heritage Community Bank, 1435 Highway 70 Bypass, 114 W. Church St., and 3626 E. Andrew Johnson Highway; First Baptist Church, 211 N. Main St.; and the local Red Cross office, 218 N. Main St.

The Kingdom Heirs have been the resident gospel group at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge since 1989.“The Kingdom Heirs have a strong following of longtime fans, Dollywood friends and gospel music lovers,” said Brian Cutshall, chairman of the Leadership Cabinet of the American Red Cross of Greene County.

The Kingdom Heirs have had six No. 1 singles on the Singing News magazine charts, including “That’s Why I Love To Call His Name,” “Forever Changed,” “I Know I’m Going There,” “What We Needed” and “He Locked the Gates.”They have been nominated for industry awards from the Southern Gospel Music Association, Gospel Music Association and Singing News.

The Foundations were an opening act for the first Changing Lives concert in 2009.

“We’re excited that both The Kingdom Heirs and The Foundations are coming back to help us raise much need funds for our local American Red Cross,” Cutshall said.

The Foundations sing “old standards, hymns and modern favorites,” according to a new release from the quartet.

The current lineup, together since the mid-1990s, consists of Melissa Brantley, Jacob Justice, Ronnie Thompson and Stephen Thompson.

The Forward Air Changing Lives concert will benefit local programs of the American Red Cross of Greene County.

“We serve thousands of Greene Countians every year with funding from United Way of Greene County, private donations and other sources,” said Cutshall, who will emcee the program.The American Red Cross of Greene County responds to single-family fires, offering food, shelter and other assistance to victims and emergency responders; provides emergency communications between families and their members serving in the armed forces; and distributes disaster preparedness information.

Local volunteers teach classes in CPR, first aid, lifeguarding, swimming and other areas of health, safety and emergency preparedness.

For more information on the Forward Air Changing Lives concert, individuals should call the American Red Cross of Greene County at (423) 638-6441.

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