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Ken Whiteley’s Gospel Matinee
January 30, 2011 @ 2:00 pm$20 – $22.50
Special Guests John Finley, Hiram Joseph & Teresa Doyle
Hard to believe it’s the year 2011 and we’re already half way into Ken Whiteley’s 8th season of Sunday afternoon gospel shows. Whether you are coming for the spiritual experience, or for the terrific music, or to sing-along, this gospel series always promises to be an accessible and exciting blend of musical styles that is appropriate for music lovers of all ages. The first show of 2011 will feature vocalists John Finley, Hiram Joseph, and Teresa Doyle, and of course the inimitable Ben Whiteley will be holding down the bottom end with his big string bass.
TERESA DOYLE is an incredible singer from Prince Edward Island. Her versatility and range are remarkable. She has 5 award-winning Celtic recordings of her own, a recent jazz cd and a Juno nominated children’s album. She has studied spiritual music with noted teacher and performer Rusil Paul. Teresa credits much of her recording success to her long-standing relationship with the late Oliver Schroer and her most recent release, Late Night Parlour, is dedicated to his memory. She and Ken have appeared at many festivals together across the country and are delighted to have a chance to work together.
Making his first visit to these proceedings will be the incredible, positive energy of Toronto singer/songwriter JOHN FINLEY. John came to prominence in the 1970s with the Toronto R&B band Jon and Lee & The Checkmates and later with the Elektra supergroup Rhinoceros. Over the years, he penned songs for Three Dog Night, Ben Vereen, Ivan Neville and Melissa Manchester. His song “I Will Serenade You”, covered by Three Dog Night as “Let Me Serenade You”, became a US top 20 hit. John spent many years performing in the Southern California gospel music scene with greats such as the Rev. James Cleveland, André Crouch, Daniabelle, Walter & Edwin Hawkins, and the L.A. Mass Choir. In 2002, he contributed vocals and piano to the Northern Blues Gospel Allstars on their Juno nominated Saved!, Northern Blues Gospel Allstars.
Acclaimed Canadian Christian vocalist HIRAM JOSEPH is back by popular demand. Throughout his 25 years of music ministry he has traveled to over 35 countries and has won accolades from the Kingston Convention PAOC and the Jazz Festival of Canada receiving Top Male Vocalist honours from both groups. His smooth tenor voice is featured on the 2003 Juno Award winning Toronto Mass Choir album, Instrument of Praise!, and the Juno nominated Saved!, Northern Blues Gospel Allstars with John Finley and Danny Brooks. Hiram appears regularly on the nationally televised 100 Huntley Street and last year he was a featured guest on the Bill Gaither Homecoming Tour. His latest solo recording, All In Favour, continues to touch hearts and souls.
KEN WHITELEY is a prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile guitarist and mandolinist, and a powerful singer! His musical peers refer to him as a “playing encyclopedia” for his depth and range of styles, covering everything from blues and gospel to folk and children’s music. He’s the proud recipient of the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award, Mariposa Folk Hall of Fame and was recently nominated for a Gemini for his musical score on the CBC performing arts special, “Love Letters”. Recorded from Ken’s very first gospel series shows in 2003, the Gospel Makes Me Feel Alright! CD continues to be a best seller at the concerts and online.
Also mark your calendars for the last Sunday in February (Feb. 27) when we’ll feature BASIA BULAT and others to be announced. Back by popular demand are The LEVY SISTERS (Amoy & Ciceal) and newcomer SAMANTHA MARTIN for the series finale on March 27th!