Frenchman River Gospel Jam announces 2017 headliners
The 2017 edition of the Frenchman River Gospel Jam will feature headline performances by Paul Brandt, Link Union and The Brown Family during their August long weekend festival at the Crescent Point Wickenheiser Centre in Shaunavon.
The three day gospel music festival on August 4 to 6 will also boast a day long line-up of performances.
The opening night headline act will be a true family affair when The Browns are on stage. The quartet of mom Shelly, and siblings Michaela, Adam and Andrew have been sharing their gospel message full-time across North America since beginning their ministry 13 years ago. They have performed in Branson, MO, Dollywood, and on a dozen cruse ships over the past decade plus.
The Browns released their latest recording Aim Higher in July 2015, a follow up to their 2013 album Love Loud. They had previously released the recording Now in 2011, Heritage Hymn Collection Volume 1 in 2009, and A New Day in 2008.
Link Union will headline the Saturday night performance with an upbeat evening show. The contemporary folk group has performed over 2,000 shows across North America since 2002. The seven members in Link Union fuse old-time musical instruments with stunning vocals while performing songs for every musical taste.
They have released a series of recordings in the past few years, including The Water is Wide in 2011, Influence in 2014 followed by Rise in 2015. The band, which has been on the road since 2002, has also collected a series of awards over the years, including most recently the 2012 FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) Awards for Group of the Year and Show of the Year, plus the 2011 Bluegrass Gospel CD of the Year award from the Rural Roots Music Commission.
The grand finale performance will feature Canada’s own Paul Brandt.
Brandt is an eight-time Juno Award winner, first capturing Juno hardware with a 1997 win as Country Male Vocalist of the Year. In 1998 he was a double Juno winner as both Male Vocalist and starting a four-year run as Country Male Vocalist of the Year or Best Country Male Artist. He claimed his most recent Junos in 2008 when he claimed Country Recording of the Year for the album Risk, plus being awarded the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.
The Calgarian is a 17-time winner in a series of Canadian Country Music Association categories. Brandt was the CCMA Male Artist of the Year in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002, plus he is a two-time winner of the CCMA’S Album of the Year award (winning in 2002 for Small Towns and Big Dreams, plus 2005 for This Time Around). His lone CCMA for Single of the Year occurred in 1997 when I Do took home the top honours.
Just as importantly, his efforts away from the recording studio have earned him numerous accolades. In 1998 he was presented the CCMA Slaight Humanitarian Award, in part for his strong support of Samaritan’s Purse and World Vision.
He has been recording under his own label, Brand-t Records, since the release of his 2002 album Small Towns and Big Dreams. His first gospel project Just As I Am was released in 2012.
As an added bonus, the Brandt concert will open with the Hunter Brothers, winners of the 2017 Saskatchewan Country Music Association Emerging Artist of the Year Award.
In addition to these headliners, FRGJ hosts a free stage throughout the weekend, boasting a wide variety of talented local musicians along with up-and-coming artists from across the country.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Browzers in Shaunavon, Pharmasave in Swift Current, online at www. frgj.ca, or by phone at 306-2948588. Tickets for The Browns and Link Union are $30 in advance, while the Paul Brandt tickets are $50 in advance.
Multi award winning performer Paul Brandt will be the headline performer on the final day of the 2017 Frenchman River Gospel Jam.