These mighty fine fellas bring their almighty award winning and Juno nominated sound to Bez Arts Hub!
Doors at 7:00PM for a pre-show social. Show at 8:00PM
The Sojourners are an award-winning popular roots gospel trio , who count Bobby McFerrin and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama among the music legends they have opened for and we are very thrilled to have them back at Bez.
Marcus Mosely, the group’s leader is a BC Entertainment Hall of Fame ‘Star Walk’ recipient, together with Will Sanders and Khari McClelland deliver some powerful authentic soul and gospel.
“Introduced backing Jim Byrnes’ wonderful, Juno-winning 2006 recording House of Refuge, this Vancouver-based gospel trio’s debut is an old school gem. (They) produce soulful harmonic and rhythmic textures carved from asanctified repertoire of gospel, folk, and soul classics.”
— The Times-Colonist.
“Inserting secular covers signify that this is Gospel
music with many a nod to roots musics of all kinds. It’s a slippery line to walk and as the Sojourners seems to be the only ones strutting it, God bless ‘em for bringing back Gospel with grit.”
Featuring the guitar virtuoso, Jesse Waldman.
A singer-songwriter, studio producer, respected sound designer to sought-after film and TV composer, Jesse is a gifted guitarist with his own unique and eclectic blend of folk and blues, earning him the reputation of being an “East Van fixture” by Exclaim! Magazine, and we are thrilled to have him accompany the Sojourners at Bez.
The formative years that Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland spent singing in the churches of their hometowns – Ralls, Texas; Alexandria, Louisiana and Detroit, Michigan respectively – give The Sojourners’ sound an authentic edge that only comes with experience. This is real gospel — blessed with a soul that can’t be faked.
Hot on the tail of their session backing up Jim Byrnes on his ‘House of Refuge’ CD, the Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson in 2007 to record Hold On, their rst solo album. Two years later, they took all they had learned in between and returned to record a CD simply entitled The Sojourners.
This is not music that strives to be polite. In The Sojourners’ universe, echoes of doo wop, R&B, country and blues weave together to create a unique sound that has all but vanished from today’s world.
This is gospel music that can take a punch and remain standing. Singing praise music with their own special ‘stank’, the Vancouver based Sojourners sound just as at home in a road house bar as they do in a revival tent.
Highlights of the group’s time together include a definitive show with the Dixie Hummingbirds, opening spots with Jim Byrnes at the Vancouver Jazz Festival for both Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama and featured stages at most of the major Canadian folk and roots festivals.
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