Black Pioneer Heritage Singers

Black Pioneer Heritage Singers

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We're the last living performers of the gospel tradition our ancestors brought with them to the prairies from the South. We aim to keep this uniquely Albertan, yet obviously Southern, music alive by sharing it with people everywhere. We're authentic prairie soul at its finest.

Biography

THE BLACK PIONEER HERITAGE SINGERS

Coming together to preserve the powerful Gospel Sound that Alberta’s original Black settlers brought from the Deep South 100 years ago are the Black Pioneer Heritage Singers. Led by Junetta Jamerson, most members of this collective of professional singers and musicians are actual descendents of these early settlers. They deliver a spirit filled sound that is universal in its appeal yet seldom heard outside of the Southern United States.
Incorporating a wide variety of styles from field chants, rich spirituals, rollicking call and responses and gospel standards, the “Heritage Singers” give an authentic representation of this centuries-old style of singing. They also bring to life the little known history of the slave descendents who settled Alberta starting in 1905. The pain of bondage and the celebration of freedom are skillfully presented through tight harmonies, soaring vocals, hand rhythms and lush vocal dynamics.
The Black Pioneer Heritage Singers are rapidly becoming a local favorite. 2004 saw them delighting the audience as part of PJ Perry’s ‘Soul Revival” featuring Jackie Richardson and on May 23, 2005, they were featured in the Command Performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2006 Junetta brought her chops to Washington, DC and was a ‘festival favorite’ as an ambassador for Alberta at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
In 2007 the Heritage Singers fired up the stage opening for both Mavis Staples and Leon Bibb. They have also brought down the house in benefit concerts, documentary appearances and revival services. History was made in 2008 with the release of their CD, “Ain’t That Good News”. Produced by Juno Winner Bill Bourne, the album became the first documented recording that chronicled the gospel music of Alberta’s historical black community from the pre-1900’s to the 1980’s.
When it comes to authentic, home-grown soul, the Heritage Singers deliver like no other!

Discography

Debut Album: Ain't That Good News, (2009 GMA of Canada, Convenant "Gospel Album of the Year" Award Winner)

Set List

1) He Never Lost the Fight
2) Call and Response- Gettin' Late in the Evening
3) You Better Run
4) That's Alright
5) Keep Your Hand on the Plow
6) Can't Nobody (Do Me Like Jesus)
7) Amber Valley Pine
8) Keep in the Middle of the Road
9) Jesus is on the Mainline

This is a typical one hour set. We change our set length and set list to suit the requirements of the event. We do shows anywhere from 1/2 hour, to 2+ hours.