Vancouver based gospel group, The Sojourners, summon a power and passion at their performances that rises up and shakes the rafters. Recognized for their strength and spirit, this trio spices up cool vocal harmonies with flourishes of doo-wop, R&B, country, and blues, to create a stirring sound that celebrates the soul. Horizon Stage is thrilled to be presenting these incredible artists on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m.
When Canadian blues icon Jim Byrnes called Marcus Mosely in 2006, and asked him to round up a couple of friends to record back-up vocals for House of Refuge, no one could have guessed what would happen next. From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began to sing, they realized that they had found something very special. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and – as they say – the rest is history.
Hot on the tail of their session with Byrnes, the Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson and recorded Hold On in 2007. The song ‘Eyes on the Prize’ from that CD was then included on Let Freedom Sing, a Time-Life compilation box set honouring the music of the American civil rights era. The Sojourners recorded their self-titled sophomore CD in 2010, which promptly earned them a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Traditional Album of the Year and a Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Their third CD, Sing and Never Get Tired, is scheduled for release on October 15 and they are looking forward to performing selections from it at their Spruce Grove concert.
After spending their formative years singing in their hometown churches, The Sojourners have an authentic sound with an edge that only comes from experience. Their gospel is real gospel - blessed with a soul that can’t be faked. Mosely, Will Sanders, and newest trio member Khari McClelland’s, songs reflect on the world that we all live in. They don't sing about some removed perfect place or distant plains of glory. Their music expresses the old adage that God does his best work on the streets and in the gutters, not in the houses of power or the mansions of the rich. According to Mosely, "[Our new] album is grittier and has more of an edge than anything we've done before. These new songs have a groove to them. We're doing dance music, and if you come to see us, you should come ready to have a good time."
The Sojourners raise their collective voices to offer new hope for people living in desperate times. Their songs of faith, struggle, and the promise of redemption, have the power to soothe the hurts brought by modern life. Theirs is a gospel that can take a punch and remain standing, and the guys feel just as at home in a roadhouse bar as they do in a revival tent. They have also performed at numerous folk music festivals, including Edmonton’s. The Sojourners are rock solid; proof positive that faith can move mountains. But that shouldn’t scare anyone away. Sinner or saved, true believer or lover of great roots music, wherever you stand on your own personal journey you should see The Sojourners perform. You’ll feel better for it.
Let The Sojourners soothe your soul and shake-up your Saturday night. Tickets to see them Up Close and Personal at Horizon Stage on October 12 are $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave), by phone at 780-962-8995, or online at Ticketpro.