Introducing The Sojourners…Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely. The trio originally came together to provide background vocals to Jim Byrnes’ 2007 Juno Award winning CD, House of Refuge.Hold On, produced by multi-award winning Steve Dawson, is the debut recording for the Vancouver based trio, all of whom are integral members of Vancouver’s premiere gospel choir, The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir.
With minimal accompaniment, and recorded live off the floor in Vancouver, Hold On captures the spirit of the “old school” gospel recordings of the 1930’s and ‘40’s. harmonies (in the tradition of such groups as The Swan Silvertones,The Golden Gate Quartet,The Soul Stirrers), combined with soulful multi-textured vocals reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield’s famous trio, The Impressions.
Ron Small has numerous stage, film and television appearances to his credit, including an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in 1958, as a member of the Fabulous Pearls. Will Sanders is a veteran performer whose credits include a starring role in Anne Mortifee’s tour de force stage production, “When the Rains Come”, for which he received a Jessie Richardson Award nomination. Marcus Mosely has performed throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. He began recording back in 1975 with a Folk Gospel group called, “The Family”. After moving to Canada in 1986, Mosely made his Canadian “legitimate” stage debut in the acclaimed Arts Club Theatre production “Ain’t Misbehavin’”.
The Sojourners tour and perform regularly with Jim Byrnes and in various iterations on their own and with a number of gospel groups and choirs.