Over the years there has not been a more celebrated group of person(s) than the members of The Classic Imperials. Through the accolades and worldwide attention, our patriarch members have maintained their integrity in both the ministry as well as in their music. Through the decades their many hits include “How Great Thou Art”, “Bread On The Water”, “He Touched Me”, “Trumpet Of Jesus”, “Praise The Lord”, Lord of the harvest, Let the Wind Blow, Stand By The Power, and many more.
After a short rest and the retirement of two iconic members, Armond Morales and Dave Will... Paul Smith and Rick Evans have invited Lonnie Ott and Michael Schlee to join forces and step back into the national spotlight with The Imperials trademark brand, and sound, to continue the legacy that has led the Christian Music Industry for more than 4 decades.
Lead / Tenor
Ron Hemby is known, by many, as one of the finest vocalist The Imperials ever had.
Ron, along with the other team member's, helped The Imperials usher in a more "rock" sound with the release of the 1987 album "This Years Model". Ron's featured voice on "Power of God" became the theme song for the world famous 'Power Team" and a generation, of younger fans, who began to return to The Imperials concerts
Ron went on to sing with the Buffalo Club and is currently with The Eaglemaniacs, as well as a Worship Leader for River Of Life Church in the Nashville area.
Paul Smith is one of the most recognized members of the famed group since 1982.
As an accomplished singer/songwriter/ and Worship Leader, and with a string of number one hits, three Dove Awards, one Grammy, and an inductee into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Paul’s return to the group has created a burst of enthusiasm about the continued success of this organization.
From the first note America heard Paul sing, more than twenty years ago, until now, Paul remains one of Christian music’s most beloved icons.
Lonnie Ott has been singing Christian music for nearly 50 years. Starting with his family group, Lonnie is a committed believer whose music career includes membership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a member of the Dennis Agajanian Band.
Lonnie also participated with The Harvest Crusades and Pastor Greg Laurie.
Lonnie has a distinctive voice that will easily rise to the expected level of Imperials’ fan’s worldwide.
Rick Evans Lead/Tenor
Rick Evans (C.E.O. and manager) has been in full-time ministry since age 22 and and has been a member of The Imperials since 2005.
As a member of the Dennis Agajanian Band for 13 years, and as a featured team-member of the Franklin Graham Crusade Team, Rick has been around the world with some of the largest ministries in modern times, including Harvest Crusades (Greg Laurie), Promise Keepers, and Billy Graham.
Rick has a degree in Human Development and uses his experience and education to counsel, consult, and teach the Body of Christ, and organizations who are trying to reach beyond their four walls. Rick also shares a ministry with his wife, and keynote speaker, DebraEvans.www.livinginfaith.com
Michael is no stranger to Christian music. His legendary voice has been featured on radio, television, and countless concerts with many different organizations.
As a new member of the Imperials, Mike has big shoes to fill and we believe that he will fill them with a pristine delivery and confident professionalism.
In addition to his illustrious career in Christian music, Mike has held high level positions in numerous fortune 500 companies.
Mike's experience, combined with an earned MBA and MSmgt, bring solid consistency to the Imperials organization.
In light of the many expectations history will place on this group, The Classic Imperials anticipate nothing less than a continuing legacy of excellence from this team. Join The Classic Imperials, as they continue to live out the ongoing chronicles of this extraordinary organization.