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The New Golden Crowns of Louisville, KY
The Golden Crowns was established by the late Ray Shanklin around the year of 1940 along with his brothers. When they began, they sung with no music, their style was hand clapping, feet stumping with the harmonizing sound. Later down the years, God blessed them with an Guitarist. Soon after several singers where called into the ministry of preaching and as the group progressed new members where added to the group. Into any group the death Angel called the founder and manager home to be with the Lord. It was hard For the group to find an replacement of someone who was dedicated to the group, but the Golden Crowns did and they voted unanimously on Brother Virgil Ryland as the Manager.
With tremendous work and togetherness in the 1980’s the group recorded their first record. As years went members come and left. But by faith the Golden crowns kept moving and saw the need too get their on equipment and trailer to travel down the highway singing God’s praises. For thirty years Virge managed the group, in November of two thousand and two The death Angels called the Golden Crowns devoted manager Virge home to be with the Lord and the roll of managing went into the hands of the lead singer and lead guitarist brother Tony Thorn.
Stepping up to the plate of managing the Crowns Tony sincerity and devotion brought strive into the group with a Vision to record a few CD’s and to start their own recording studio ” GCR Records”. God blessed the Golden Crowns to travel across the country singing with some of the top gospel groups in the country to name a few the late Willie Banks, the late Howard “Slim” Hunt, the Pilgrim Jubilees, The Canton Spirituals, the Williams Brothers the Highway QC’s and many others. For twelve years under Tony leadership the Crowns achieved some amazing goals, but April, 2014 God called our brother Tony home and once again we strive for a manager who could fill the shoes as our dear brother Tony did. Another group member brother Allen Bryd spoke up and said he could do it and he became the manager for several years until illness came and the death Angels called him home.
A new season has come for the Golden Crowns, still standing the group is now under new management Reverend Nathaniel Brown who has paved the way for over fifty plus years. Stepping up to the plate and doing a new thing in this music ministry these young men are now titled “The New Golden Crowns the Members are: Rev. Nathaniel Browns 50 + years singing lead, background and playing Bass Guitar, Rev. Bobby Johnson 30 years, playing lead guitar, Andre James 10 years playing Keyboard, Devonte Brown 7 years, Drummer and background singer, Howard McFadden 3 years and Lead singer, Chris Johnson 2 years background singer- and Honorary member JaQuan Brown-1 ½ years. Former members that have paved the way and will always live on in the hearts of the Golden Crowns…
Managers the late Ray Shanklin Founder and mgr., the late Virgil Ryland, the late Tony Thorn started out as lead guitarist and the late Alan Byrd all four at one point led songs and sung background. Members who led and background sung: Rev. Whitfield, the late Rev. Johnny C. Perry, the late Rev. J.R. Vance, the late Rev. John Peacock, Rev. Darrell Martin, Walter Irson, the late John Billings, Ed Reed, Bobby Ellis, Jewell Thornton, Will Perry, Charles Perry, A.J. Perry, the late Calvin Perry, Greg Porter, Anthony Edwards, Kenny Franklin, Montel Ryland, and the late Ernest “Petey” Strivers. Musicians who was a great impact of the Crowns: Ray Ford, the late Phil Shipp, Tellis Easley, Jason Thurston, Lewis Bledsoe, Rodney Barbee, Chris Matthews, Steve Herndon, J.R Herring, and Joe Gentry who served as the Golden Crowns road manager. Honorary members: Rev. Price King and Rev. Brian Hayden.