Lynda MacLean, Morden Corn & Apple Festival Chairperson, and Rick Wiebe of the Morden Christian Programs Committee are pleased to announce a new and interesting line up for Sunday’s Gospel Stage including Guest speaker Pastor Bruce Martin, and musical entertainment by The Freedom Singers, The Taylors, and Pembina Valley’s own Orlando and Grace Sukkau.
Bruce Martin is the lead Pastor and Chairman of the Board of Calvary Temple in Winnipeg. He is sure to be a welcome addition to our Gospel stage.
THE FREEDOM SINGERS
Simon Ivascu, Steven Ivascu and Wesley Pop of the Freedom Singers, fled Romania for Italy when they were only teenagers. Simon recalls, “We were singing mostly hymns together, back when we were in Italy, but we started to sing Southern Gospel Music in 2000, after we heard the Gaither’s and the Cathedrals on television. It was a sound that we instantly fell in love with.
After singing at local churches and telling their story, it was suggested to actually give the group a name the “Freedom Singers.” So in 2001, the “Freedom Singers” was officially born. Simon goes on to say that, “We’ve been blessed beyond our imagination in so many ways. From the opportunity of sharing our music and testimony in churches big and small, to performing at the largest annual Canadian Gospel Convention in Red Deer and doing radio and TV interviews, to being a guest artist on a Christian Music cruise.”
The coming year brings even more exciting opportunities to the Freedom Singers as they are scheduled to travel across the United States and Canada. FREEDOM SINGERS share their music and testimony in the hope that those who listen will be spiritually enriched and blessed. They give praise to God for His guidance and abundant Grace.
The Taylors are a brother-sister trio from the heart of North Carolina. Jonathan, Suzanne, and Christopher, are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, as well as reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ through Gospel music. The Taylors are currently performing around 200 dates a year across the United States, including several mission-oriented trips abroad. Since their formation in 2006, God has allowed them to see over 5,000 decisions for Christ.
The Taylor siblings grew up as members of Fellowship Baptist Church, a small country church, where their father has been a Southern Baptist minister for over 27 years and their mother the minister of music. With their mother’s guidance, it was around the church piano that The Taylors learned their four-part family harmony.
In 2008, The Taylors won First Place in the Talent Showcase of The National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. They are also the 2008 NC State Singing Convention Grand Champions. Recently, they were nominated Top 10 Horizon Group of the Year for 2010, Top 5 Horizon Group of the Year for 2011 and 2012, and Favorite New Mixed Group of the Year for 2013 by Singing News Fans! The Taylors were also nominated as a Top 10 Mixed Quartet for 2012 and 2013 along with some of the nation’s best mixed groups, including The Hoppers, The Collingsworth Family, and The Perrys.
The Taylors have had 9 radio singles to chart in the Singing News Top 80 Gospel Chart, 3 singles in the Top 40, and 2 singles in the Top 20.
ORLANDO & GRACE SUKKAU & ROSEMARY SIEMENS
Orlando and Grace Sukkau are a husband and wife duo, living in Winkler, Manitoba. Both are singers/songwriters, writing about their journey through life. They have recorded two albums in the past. Their sweet harmonies and thoughtful lyrics have been loved by many as they have travelled about.
Rosemary Siemens, is an accomplished world class violinist, formerly from Plum Coulee, Manitoba, now living in Vancouver, BC. She has performed from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican, from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago to Hockey Night in Canada. Rosemary was awarded the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her significant contribution to the arts in Canada. She is currently writing music for a brand new project, her upcoming Bluegrass album, to be released this summer.
Rosemary, with Orlando and Grace, have come together to blend their music and voices, creating tight harmonies and heartfelt lyrics, sure to make you smile.
“The Morden Christian Programs Committee and their volunteers have done an excellent job in providing an interesting and diverse program for our 50th Annual Morden Corn & Apple Festival,” says MacLean, “we all look forward to what this year’s entertainers will bring to our City.”