The Crownsmen organized in April of 1968 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founding members Glen Steely - Bass and Doug Sharp - Baritone were joined by Emmitt Spears -Tenor, Art Sears - lead, and pianist Bill Hettinger.  Like most groups of that era, they had to have "matching suits" so they borrowed money to purchase the suits and the first sound system.  In the fall of that year, they reached another milestone and were able to record their first recording.  Well, if you have the matching suits, sound system, and your first recording, there's only one thing left to do..."buy a bus!”   In December, they purchased the first bus and now they were officially a Southern Gospel Quartet.


The group has had different members through the years and each one has contributed to the success and fan base of the Crownsmen.  At most concerts today, you will find folks that have been a fan for several years and some since the beginning.  This speaks highly not only of the amazing talent of the Crownsmen, but the integrity, kindhearted, loving, Christian men who founded the quartet and have kept it going through the years. 


The group has had the pleasure of traveling and seeing many lives changed through their ministry.  They have a very deep love and passion for the Southern Gospel style of music, but have a much greater love for the Lord.  The sole purpose of the Crownsmen is to see lives changed and souls saved for the Kingdom of God, while sharing some quality sounding Southern Gospel quartet music.  One thing the group has always enjoyed is having the opportunity to minister to those that are incarcerated.  Ministering through song has not only been a blessing to the inmates, but also to the group.  


The Crownsmen has had the opportunity to share the stage with many of the biggest names in Gospel music and the pleasure to call many of them friends.  Some of the groups include: JD Sumner & The Stamps, Gold City, The Hoppers, and The Cathedrals to name a few. 

 We would love for you to come see us in concert to allow us to meet each of you in person and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you through song.  We look forward to seeing each of you very soon.

 Please learn more about each member of the Crownsmen by reading their individual biographies.  Just click the links below to get started.

Bass: Glen Steely

Baritone: Doug Sharp

Lead: Doug Spears

Tenor: Buddy Bates


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