Today is a tough day. It’s tough because the news broke that one of the greatest influences in my music ministry is gone. The news of Steve’s passing broke yesterday (June 28, 2016), and I’m just in shock.
I first heard of Steve and the Kingdom Heirs back in 1995 and it was the music of the Kingdom Heirs that sparked my love for Southern Gospel & Quartet Style Music. It was this very video that caught my eyes (and ears) and really got me through some tough times in my life:
For a couple of years in the late 1990s, I probably averaged a day a week at Dollywood listening to every show the Kingdom Heirs did and talking with them afterwards. I know they would never remember me, but this group will never know how they have impacted my life and helped start me down the path of a music ministry with my family. All the memories from those days keep flooding my mind. What an honor it was for me to know Steve and the Kingdom Heirs.
Many years later, I would have the opportunity to share the Kingdom Heirs’ music with my girls and Steve quickly became my oldest daughter’s favorite singer. Because of the travel schedule of my family’s ministry, we didn’t get to see them often, but when we did, Steve always had time to talk and have his picture made with Keanna.
The news of his passing has cut deep and it hurts today. This song was the last that I remember Steve recording with the group. I want to always be able to remember Steve, his singing and his kindness that he showed to a young boy with no direction, that was searching for meaning in life. It was Jesus that gave my life meaning, but it was this man and his vision and music with the Kingdom Heirs that helped give me direction in my life.
I pray that God will comfort all of Steve’s family and friends who are hurting.
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4