The Oak Ridge Boys
SUNDAY AT 2:00 PM
Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been.
“When I go on stage, I get the same feeling I had the first time I sang with The Oak Ridge Boys,” says lead singer Duane Allen. “This is the only job I've ever wanted to have.”
“Like everyone else in the group,” adds bass singer extraordinaire, Richard Sterban, “I was a fan of the Oaks before I became a member. I’m still a fan of the group today. Being in The Oak Ridge Boys is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.”
The two, along with tenor Joe Bonsall and baritone William Lee Golden, comprise one of Country's truly legendary acts. Their string of hits includes the Country-Pop chart-topper Elvira, as well as Bobbie Sue, Dream On, Thank God For Kids, American Made, I Guess It Never Hurts To Hurt Sometimes, Fancy Free, Gonna Take A Lot Of River and many others. In 2009, they covered a White Stripes song, receiving accolades from Rock reviewers. In 2011, they rerecorded a thirtieth anniversary version of Elvira for a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store project.
The group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national Number One singles and over 30 Top Ten hits.
FRIDAY AT 6:30 PM
The Petersens are an award-winning bluegrass band from Branson, MO. They began playing bluegrass in 2007 when they stumbled across a bluegrass festival while on a family road trip.
After their father retired from the United States Air Force, the family moved to Branson where they started to have more opportunities to play at Silver Dollar City, local festivals, and churches. After winning a gospel sing-off in town, the family was offered their own Branson show at the Little Opry Theatre where they have performed for the past eight years. In 2015 the band received international attention when banjo player and lead singer, Ellen, competed in the singing reality TV show, American Idol, and placed in the top 48. The band consists of mother, Karen, on the bass, oldest sister, Katie, on the fiddle, second oldest sister, Ellen, on the banjo, the brother of the family, Matt, on the guitar, and the youngest of the family, Julianne, on the mandolin. The newest addition to the family is Emmett Franz from Berryville, AR, on the dobro. The family tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland, but spends most of the year performing at their bluegrass show in Branson.
The Petersens, an award-winning family band, are sure to entertain you with their family humour and top-notched bluegrass sound in their Branson show. The band performs traditional bluegrass standards, contemporary favourites, and original music written by the older siblings. To the mix, The Petersens add twin fiddle tunes, gospel acapella and yodelling to completely satisfy the bluegrass appetite of the audience. The band received national attention last year when banjo player, Ellen, auditioned for American Idol and advanced to the top 48 in the famous reality TV singing competition. For 90 minutes of great bluegrass family entertainment you won’t want to miss The Petersens.
The Petersens are currently performing every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5 PM at the Little Opry Theater in the Branson IMAX Entertainment Complex.
Musical Leader, Fiddle Player, Songwriter
Katie is the oldest Petersen sibling and is the musical leader of the group. Katie graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Chemistry and Spanish. After graduation, Katie moved to Oxford, England to study C.S. Lewis and the Psalms through the Summit Ministries Oxford program. Katie is a great songwriter and it had always been a dream of hers to study her favorite author at Oxford. More recently, Katie’s love of traveling took her to Nicaragua to teach music and English at a school through Project Hope. You can read more about her time in Nicaragua here. Currently, Katie enjoys teaching fiddle and piano lessons to students and, of course, bluegrass with the family. The best way to Katie’s heart is through a cup of coffee.
Ellen Petersen, MBA
Director of Marketing, Banjo Player, Yodelist
Ellen is the second oldest Petersen sibling and banjo player for the band. Ellen was first handed a banjo while the family was at its first bluegrass festival at which the kids’ dad decided the family should become a bluegrass band. Ellen graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2014 with a bachelors degree in Chemistry and moved to Oklahoma City to work as a laboratory technician. That summer she auditioned for American Idol for fun as its bus tour went through Branson and she ended up making it to the top 48 on Season XIV. (See her initial audition here and read an interview about her journey on the reality TV show here.) After American Idol, Ellen moved back to Branson to focus more on music and began working towards her MBA degree at Missouri State University. Now a graduate, Ellen currently teaches Business Communications part-time to undergraduate business students at Missouri State and enjoys learning new ways to market the family bluegrass show. The best way to make Ellen smile is a bouquet of fresh flowers.
Director of Operations, Guitar Player, Comedian
Although Matt is the lone boy in the Petersen sibling lineup, he more than holds his own on stage and in the band operations. Matt graduated from College of the Ozarks in 2017 with a bachelors degree in Business. Since graduating, Matt runs most of the business aspects of the band including outside bookings and also handles the technical side of the Branson show. Outside of the band he enjoys running, leading a small group for boys at our church, and he is a pretty great two-stepper. Matt never fails to make each show unique and entertaining with his comedy and does a great job of keeping the band grounded. A sure way to make Matt laugh is a banjo joke
Mandolin Player, Eye Roller, Dimple
Julianne Petersen is the baby of the family and has been the full-time mandolin player for the band since 2017. Julianne started off playing the fiddle and clogging on stage when the band started in 2005 and has always been an audience favourite. (See a video of her dancing here.) Julianne has worn many hats the band through the years and even ran sound and lights for them at the young age of eight! Currently, Julianne is a sophomore at Gloria Deo Academy in Springfield and her favourite pastime is reading. The easiest way to make Julianne your friend is through chocolate.
SATURDAY AT 6:30 PM
Offering a captivating blend of gospel, a cappella, hymns, folk, and inspirational music, the Nelons are a world-class talented family. The ensemble is led by the legendary, multi-award winning vocalist, co-founding member Kelly Nelon Clark and her husband, the versatile singer, songwriter, musician, and producer, Jason Clark. Their daughters, Amber and Autumn, complete this supremely gifted musical troupe as they contribute their powerful vocals to this traveling family band’s harmonic sound.
They are regulars at the Gaither Hymn-Sing and will be joining the FRGJ.
Their trend-setting innovation, technical skill, and undeniable gift of communication have delighted audiences all around the world. Jason’s musicianship and his ability to arrange infectious harmonies, along with Kelly’s breathtaking alto, Amber’s soaring soprano, and Autumn’s haunting folksy vocal tone and mandolin playing blend to create a sound that is enthralling. They have played and sung their brand of music in large arenas, intimate rural area performing arts centers, festivals, fairs, and churches throughout the United States, along with numerous international appearances as well.
A concert with The Nelons leaves you encouraged by the message of hope shared from their hearts, warmed by the love of family you feel from the stage, and inspired by the beauty, purity, and majesty of each lyric they sing.
The Nelons, along with their band members, combine the best of a variety of beloved genres, in a way that unifies every audience, bridging the generational gap of the young and old. Simply put, this is just great music!
Canada’s Double Portion
Canada’s Double Portion from North Battleford, Saskatchewan is a unique group in many ways. This 5 piece Gospel band is made up of entirely one family including parents Duncan & Debbie Hemmerling and 8 of their 10 children. Juggling homework and musical instruments is a daily routine for the Hemmerling children. They trade in riding the school bus for riding across the country in their band’s tour bus for almost half the year.
2018 marks the 36th year of ministry for this veteran group. Originating with Duncan and his three sisters, Canada’s Double Portion has crisscrossed the continent from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Georgia to Alaska. Three decades of travel have provided unique experiences like singing on the Grand Ole’ Opry stage, backing up Johnny & June Cash at a Cash/Rivers family reunion and performing with many of Gospel music’s premier groups at North America’s largest events. However, experience has taught this family that the smaller things in life are often the most rewarding!
Canada’s Double Portion have been nominated for Group of the Year numerous times and have received multiple awards for Albums, Song of the Year and Live Band of the Year in the Gospel Music Association Canada. Tours in 2018 are taking them to events like Southwest Gospel Fest in Phoenix, AZ, “Preacher in the Patch” crusades throughout the North Central U.S., the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer, AB and concerts across the U.S. and Canada.
They are thankful for every opportunity they have to share the Gospel!
Catherine’s natural talent is accented by her authentic passion for her craft. As a singer/songwriter, her songs come honestly growing through the lens of her prairie roots, her friends, family and faith.
Catherine has worked with some of the world’s best musicians and songwriters through her emerging career including a duet with international recording artist Dierks Bentley at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. Bentley recognized Lewans’ talent when they spoke before the show and, much to her delight, invited Catherine to perform “Long Trip Alone” as part of his encore.
Her inspiration for her debut record ‘Kickin’ Up Dust’ came from her experiences growing up on a farm outside Shaunavon, Saskatchewan and the heart-breaking loss of a friend who passed away suddenly. The album has been warmly received and has also lead her down the road to a 2011 SCMA ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award. She has appeared on the popular CMT mini-series “Big In A Small Town” where she was selected as one of the top 6 artists from across Canada to participate. Lewans’ popular YouTube version of “Amazing Grace” while singing in a grain bin, has also captured the attention of Canadian, US, and other international music lovers, leaving them wanting more!
Catherine recently travelled to Nashville as she was invited to work with one of the most respected and accomplished production teams in the US country music industry. She is looking forward to working on additional material for her newest recording project (release date TBA) with some amazing Canadian and Nashville-based industry professionals. Lewans is ‘kicking up dust’ performing and preparing to bring new and original music to her fans.
Ben Crane & Jessica
Music has been keeping western country singer/songwriter Ben Crane busy for over 25 years. With roots in traditional country, Ben’s songbook incorporates hints of bluegrass, jazz, blues and swing. Songs range from old-timey cowboy ballads to those celebrating the western lifestyle and gospel songs that pack a punch. Everything is performed with the warmth of personality and the strength of conviction.
Along with his musical pursuits, Ben is an award-winning, top-selling cartoonist with Leanin’ Tree, the western greeting card powerhouse. Born and raised in Alberta, he’s also a sculptor, illustrator, commission artist and, most importantly, husband and father.
Maria began her studies as a soprano and graduated with her Bachelor of Music from the Rocky Mountain College in her native Calgary. She was awarded the Government of Western Ontario Research Scholarship for two consecutive years and completed her Master of Music from the University of Western Ontario in 2011.
Maria returned to Calgary in 2011 and appeared as the First Lady in the Cowtown Opera Company production of Die Zauberflöte. The same season, she sang La Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro for the Centre for Operatic Studies in Sulmona, Italy to great success. In recent months, Maria’s voice has begun to gain considerable vocal heft and a darker hue and she has been busy investigating mezzo-soprano repertoire. She is currently working on Charlotte (Werther), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), The Composer (Ariadne aux Naxos), Romeo (Capuleti e i Montechi).
Maria is passionate about the opera but she is also a versatile performer and is widely sought after as a recitalist. She has appeared in concerts for Pro Arts, Tapestry New Opera Toronto, etc. She recently appeared in the Calgary Concert of Hope with Orchestra and gave a recital at the Arrata Center in Calgary.
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We are a non-profit organization that impacts students through the urban arts. we offer a variety of performances and workshops that encourage students to find their unique voice.
PAUL WOIDA: SAT LATE NIGHT
Paul Woida is a well-known and much loved Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Master Looper from Edmonton. What is a looper, you may ask! Well, a musician who loops records and plays back melodic and rhythmic lines using instruments and voice in real time. He, as in Paul’s case, creates multiple layers which can weave in and out of the musical arrangement as he chooses throughout the piece. And Paul, having graduated with diplomas in both Composition and Drum Set from Grant MacEwan University, has the exceptional ability to combine complex rhythms with melody and harmony resulting in a sound close to that of a full band.
TODAY’S STUDENTS ARE IN DIRE NEED OF HOPE! ACCORDING TO STATISTICS CANADA, TEENAGERS AND YOUNG ADULTS AGED 15-24 EXPERIENCE THE HIGHEST INCIDENCES OF MENTAL DISORDERS OF ANY AGE GROUP IN CANADA. LEGACY ONE ASPIRES TO EMPOWER STUDENTS TO OVERCOME STRUGGLE BY FINDING THEIR VOICE. WE DEFINE VOICE AS THE ELEMENT THAT MAKES STUDENTS COME ALIVE AND GIVES THEM HOPE AND PURPOSE – IT IS THEIR GIFTS, PASSIONS, AND POTENTIAL. LEGACY ONE CHALLENGES STUDENTS TO USE THEIR VOICE TO INFLUENCE THEIR COMMUNITIES AND TO LEAVE A POSITIVE LEGACY.
Over the last seven years, Legacy One has performed and taught in schools across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New York, England, Malta, and South Africa!
Over the last seven years, Legacy One has inspired over 100,000 students across five countries!
Grace Revolution Band
Grace Revolution is a dynamic band with a mission to impact all generations with a blend of original tunes and cover favourites. Over the years we have enjoyed bringing our inspirational style to many unique and wonderful opportunities and venues. We have been privileged to play in a wide range of settings including; small intimate house parties, churches of all sizes, multi-denominational gatherings, side stage at YC, main stage at Break Forth Canada. Our heart for unity within the body of Christ opened a door for us to lead over 13,000 people from all expressions of the body of Christ in worship at the Scotiabank Saddledome in the centre of our home city Calgary.
As a band our hope is always to impart grace, hope, encouragement and inspiration wherever we go. We also love to teach workshops, equip other bands and look for every opportunity to help raise up the next generation of musicians, singers and leaders whenever possible. We do everything with a heart for excellence and a willingness to serve.
Paul Woida is a well-known and much loved Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Master Looper currently based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. What is a looper, you may ask! Well, a musician who loops records and plays back melodic and rhythmic lines using instruments and voice in real time. He, as in Paul’s case, creates multiple layers which can weave in and out of the musical arrangement as he chooses throughout the piece. And Paul, having graduated with diplomas in both Composition and Drum Set from Grant MacEwan University, has the exceptional ability to combine complex rhythms with melody and harmony resulting in a sound close to that of a full band.
He is often compared to Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz and Jeff Buckley and has a unique live show which turns heads and wins the hearts of new fans wherever he goes. His incredible musicianship, catchy hooks and emotive vocals are unforgettable once experienced.
To name a few of his accomplishments, he is a past winner of the Hot 107 $10,000 Hot Factor Competition, he placed first in the Edmonton Landmark Showcase Competition, was chosen to open for Casting Crowns at the 2016 Break Forth conference and won the 2016 Airmiles ‘Detour Big Break’ Competition which brought him to Port Hawkesbury NS to open for Meghan Trainor. He has also opened for Shawn Desman and Scott Helman and one memorable night in 2017 opened for Martin Kerr at a sold out Winspear Concert Hall in Edmonton.
Besides playing weddings, corporate functions and clubs all over North America, Paul has played many fundraisers for the likes of hockey great, Glen Sather, and Dragons’ Den star, Brett Wilson. He’s also worked with the E Power Anti-Bullying Campaign which tours schools across Canada as well as with the Robb Nash Project super shows and school tours. He is part of the Edmonton United Way Campaign having co-written and participated in their popular 2016 campaign video. He has participated in various youth empowerment benefit concerts and will be going to China in November 2017 with We Stand, a youth leadership summit.
Paul’s passion is music and that passion is fuelled by his love and passion for people. He wants to inspire and be a positive role model for people of all ages. His desire is to help them see that dreams are achievable if you work hard and keep striving!
Trudel Family Band
Hailing from the sweet Saskatchewan prairies, Janaya and Jolissa Trudel pair up to form a vibrant sister-duo, embodying both joy and depth in one double-batted swing. Having played music side by side their entire lives, their soul-stretching lyrics, organic sound, and airtight harmonies are a force to be reckoned with. Though young, their music is mature and introspective, and their light hearted presence on stage bears a life of its own. Unafraid to touch on the subjects of sorrow and ecstasy and everything in-between, the sisters’ music is anchored in authenticity and buoyed up by hope, making for art that is both easy to swallow and nourishing all at once.
Over the past two years, “Jay and Jo” have been seen in small venues across Canada, from record shop stages in British Columbia to east coast house concerts in Nova Scotia. In the summer of 2017, they were featured musicians on Canada’s VIA railway, sharing their music with listeners from all around the world. The sisters have been featured at the ‘Roots Café’ for the 2016 SCMAs (Saskatchewan Country Music Awards), been nominated for Roots Artist of the Year (SCMA 2017), have played their music on television for the Timberline Music Show, and recorded and released their debut album, “Grounded and Light” in the summer of 2017.
Sunday Morning Message
TJ Green is a young man who carries the fire of God with a burning passion for Canada. As a gifted evangelist, preacher, teacher and worship leader, TJ is well equipped to encourage others to impact their generation for righteousness. TJ and his wife have a desire to see the generations trained up by knowing their identity in Christ.
He is with out a doubt an evangelist and a revivalist to the core. Ministry trips through out Canada, as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Peru, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Germany have been tremendous highlights in his ministry. TJ has a desire to see the generations trained up in the by knowing their identity in Christ.