French­man River Gospel Jam an­nounces 2017 head­lin­ers

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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.

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