The ROYALHEIRS are one of Michigan’s longest tenured male trio’s, organized in 1995 for the primary purpose of praising the Lord through Gospel Music. Our music puts an emphasis on ministering through tight harmonies with soul stirring words that are a welcome change of pace from other forms of music. Each member has an extensive background in Gospel Music and have committed themselves to sharing their talents in this unique way. The Royalheirs have been privileged to share their ministry in concerts throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and are committed to traveling wherever else the Lord may lead. In addition to morning and evening worship services, they also can be found performing in concert at county fairs, banquets, festivals and camp meetings.
Shem Koutz is the lead singer and manager of The Royalheirs. He began singing around the same time he learned to talk. He previously traveled for 13 years as a soloist to various churches around the mid-Michigan area. He joined The Royalheirs in the fall of 2008, and took over the management of the group in 2017. Shem and his wife, Jessica have called Lansing home since they married in 2003. They are the proud parents of 3 children, Lionel, Brooklyn, and Weston.
Brian Fuson is the group’s baritone vocalist. Growing up the son of a Baptist preacher, Brian fell in love with Gospel Music and has been singing since he was a young child. He spent 3 years singing baritone with the New Destiny Quartet, and has spent the last 2 years traveling and singing with his wife Crysta and her parents, The Sammons Family. Brian is also a Southern Gospel blogger, his site is called Fuson’s Findings. He has also promoted Gospel Music concerts in the Metro Detroit area for over 15 years. Brian, Crysta, and their daughter Charlotte make their home in Southgate, Michigan, which is just south of Detroit.
Fred Udell is the The Royalheirs lone musician, playing the keyboards. Joining the group in September of 2017, Fred is an exceptionally talented musician. Prior to joining The Royalheirs, he spent 10 years playing with The Thurston Family and most recently traveled with Justified Quartet. With his endearing personality and tremendous talent, Fred is sure to endear himself to all those who hear him play. Fred and his wife Tammy make their home in Ionia, Michigan and enjoy spending time with their children & grandchildren.
Jonathan Norris sings the tenor for The Royalheirs and is the newest member of the group. Jonathan traveled with the group previously for 2 years and rejoined the group in November of 2017. Growing up in church, Jonathan has been singing since he was a child. He has attended the Stamps Baxter School of Music and also trained under Alison Durham Speer. With his dynamic voice and sincere spirit, Jonathan endears himself to all who hear him sing. Jonathan and his wife Brittany make their home in Sylvania, Ohio.