Allegiance Trio member Jake Sammons provides an acoustic guitar piece at the Oct.16 concert at Grangeville’s United Methodist Church;Allegiance Trio members (L-R) Jake Sammons, Corey Lackey and Kasey Kemp perform at the United Methodist Church in Grangeville Oct. 16.
As of Tuesday, October 31, 2017
“We don’t like to just blow into towns and blow out,” said Korey Kemp. “We want to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Kemp is the lead man in Allegiance Trio, which performed at the United Methodist Church (UMC) to a crowd of about 100 people Monday, Oct. 16, along with members Jake Sammons and Corey Lackey.
The trio, who all live in Nashville, Tenn., travel year-round, singing gospel songs to crowds across the United States. UMC Pastor Ryan Campbell, who has heard the group prior to moving to Grangeville, invited the trio to perform.
“We’ve been in front of 20 people and we’ve been in front of 20,000,” Kemp said. “Our message does not change. We proclaim the love of Jesus.”
Kemp grew up singing in church with his parents, playing piano and trumpet as well. He is married with a 1-year-old daughter.
Sammons also grew up in a musical family and went on to be involved in a Christian rock band for a decade before he “stumbled upon Southern gospel,” he said. He and his wife have two teenage daughters.
Lackey is 23 and began his musical career by singing in church at age 5. He then “discovered baseball,” he smiled. He promoted his first concert at age 16 and actually began his tenure with Allegiance as their technician for sound, lighting and video. He joined the group as a singer not quite two years ago.
The group ended their concert with an original song entitled “I Will Stand.”
“It was written long before all this NFL stuff that is going on, but it’s amazing how it fits in,” Kemp said.
“We aren’t telling anyone else what to do or how to believe, but our message is, we will stand in honor of this country and those who have fought to protect it,” Sammons added.
The song has become popular in the gospel realm, and will be used in several projects. More can be found at www.Iwillstandfortheanthem.com.
“We are so blessed to do what we do,” Lackey said.
“Yes,” agreed Kemp. “And we are blessed to have made our first trip together to Idaho. We hope we can come back to this beautiful state one day.”
For details on Allegiance Trio log onto www.alegiancetrio.com.