The Sojourners

The Sojourners

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Seriously spiritual sounds...The Sojourners are preserving the jubilee-style of quartet singing that was once the most popular form of gospel music. Based in Vancouver, Canada the vocal trio's festival reputation continues to grow, as does their impressive list of on-stage partnerships.


From the moment Mosely and his pals stepped up to the microphone and began singing, they realized that they had something very special going on. When Byrnes dubbed the trio The Sojourners the name stuck and as they say the rest is history.

Formative years spent singing in the churches of Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and Khari McClelland, (from 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 cant be faked.

Hot on the tail of their session with Byrnes, the Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson to record Hold On, their first solo album in 2007. Three years and many sessions later, they took all they had learned in between and returned to record a second CD simply entitled The Sojourners.

No longer the new kids on the block, the trio had definite ideas of how they wanted their follow up record to sound, and one listen through the songs theyve captured here shows that theyve succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

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 todays 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 groups 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.

Eyes on the Prize from Hold On was selected for inclusion in Let Freedom Sing, a Time-Life compilation box set celebrating the music of the American civil rights era. The Sojourners were also pleased to participate in both the CD and DVD of the award-winning Things About Coming My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks.

They receive a steady stream of invitations to contribute to the recordings and live performances of a diverse range of artists, spanning several genres, from the outer reaches of jazz to beat box / street poetry. Marcus, Will and Ron all became Canadian citizens in the summer of 2008 and were invited to perform on Parliament Hill on Canada Day that year, where they sang the national anthem.

The Sojourners are a rock solid unit and proof positive that faith can move mountains. But, dont let that scare you away. Sinner or saved - wherever you are on your own personal journey, you should listen to The Sojourners. Youll feel better for it.


Were living in trying times. We can split the atom, clone DNA and send images and ideas across the world at the speed of light, but we still havent learned to live together and hear the cries of our brothers and sisters when they need us the most. Doctors are working hard to cure AIDS and cancer, but no matter how far science advances, there are some things it will never be able to explain. Why do we suffer? How come we still treat each other so bad?

No. Science will never mend a broken heart or help us transform despair into hope. Sometimes, faith is the only thing that can carry us from darkness to light, and often music is what illuminates us on that journey.

Its during those times that you want to call on The Sojourners.

The celebrated Canadian gospel trios third album, Sing and Never Get Tired produced by Paul Pigat (of Cousin Harley fame) offers new hope for people living in desperate times. With its twelve new songs of faith, struggle and the promise of redemption, the music on Sing And Never Get Tired has the power to soothe the hurts brought by modern life. With a more raw and bluesy edge than theyve ever shown us before, singers Marcus Mosely, Will Sanders and newcomer Khari McClelland prove that theres still no kind of music thats more stirring, uplifting and inspiring than gospel music when its done right.

There are lots of sugary, squeaky-clean gospel songs out there for people to listen to, but thats not what you come for when you decide to spend time with The Sojourners. Mosely, Sanders and McClelland perform music that reflects the world we all live in. They dont sing about some removed perfect place or any distant plains of glory. Their music expresses the old adage that God does his best work on the streets and in the gutters and not in the houses of power or the mansions of the rich. According


Hold On (2007 - Black Hen Music)
The Sojourners (2010 - Black Hen Music)
Sing and Never Get Tired (2013 - Little Pig Records)

With Jim Byrnes
I Hear The Wind in the Wires (2013 - Black Hen)
My Walking Stick (2009 - Black Hen)
House of Refuge (2006 - Black Hen)

With Others
Various - Things About Comin' My Way (2009 - Black Hen)
Jill Barber - Chances (2008 - Outside)
Old Man Luedecke - Proof of Love (2008 - Black Hen)

Set List

Another Soldier Gone
Brother Moses Smote the Water
By and By
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Christian's Automobile
Clean Up
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Don't Knock
Dressed for Heaven
Eyes On The Prize
Farther Along
For What It's Worth
Great Day
Have A Little Talk With Jesus
Hiding Place
I Ain't Got No Home
I Shall Be Released
It's Hard to Stumble (When You're On Your Knees)
Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb
Lead Me Guide Me
Milky White Way
Nobody Can Turn Me Around
Ol Ship Of Zion
People Get Ready
Run On
Satisfied With Jesus
Strange Man
The Neighborhood
This Train
Walking Up The King's Highway
Welcome Table
When I Die
Why Am I Treated So Bad