The Petersens are an award-winning bluegrass band from Branson, MO. In 2015, the band received international attention when banjo player and lead singer, Ellen, competed in the singing reality TV show, American Idol, and placed in the top 48. The family tours throughout the United States, Canada, and Ireland, but spends most of the year performing at their bluegrass show in Branson.
John Duerksen and Ken Overcast will be returning to MC the Gospel Jamboree together in 2018.
Catherine’s natural talent is accented by her authentic passion for her craft. As a singer/songwriter, her songs come honestly growing through the lens of her prairie roots, her loved ones and relationships, and of course, her faith.
Catherine has worked with some of the world’s best musicians and songwriters through her emerging career including a duet with international recording artist Dierks Bentley at Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon. Bentley recognized Lewans’ talent when they spoke before the show and, much to her delight, invited Catherine to perform “Long Trip Alone” as part of his encore.
She released her debut full-length album “Kickin’ Up Dust” in 2009 which features 13 original songs, touching on topics of heart-break, going against the flow, saying goodbye, love, faith, and her country upbringing. This album, along with hard work and dedication, lead her down the path to receive the 2011 SCMA ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ award.
She appeared on the popular CMT mini-series “Big In A Small Town” where she was selected as one of the top 6 artists from across Canada to participate. Lewans’ popular YouTube version of “Amazing Grace” while singing in a grain bin, has also captured the attention of Canadian, US, and other international music lovers, leaving them wanting more!
When the invitation came for Catherine to try her hand at acting, she was eager to explore a new branch of the arts. Her debut role in the multi-award-winning full-length feature film “Because of Gracia” was certainly a thrilling new experience for her. She looks forward to exploring future opportunities in the acting world, nevertheless, she will always have a heart for music.
Catherine was invited to work with one of the most respected and accomplished production teams in Nashville for her newest recording project entitled, “Wild Horse”. She was excited to have the opportunity to record her vocal tracks for this 4-song EP album at Martina MacBride’s Blackbird Studio, along with featuring an entire team of Grammy award winners for the instrumental portion in studio.
She presented a series of performances in the winter of 2017 promoting “Wild Horse” shortly after its release, and looks forward to a busy 2018 with performances and continuing songwriting for future projects.
Ken Overcast is the real deal. In this day and age of plastic throw away everything, to find someone that is really genuine is a treat indeed. While many in the performing arts tend towards honing an act that is saleable, Ken strives very diligently to just be himself. His music, writing, and public performances are characterized by a down home connection that is indeed rare. He is a third generation Montanan, and is truly making a mark on America’s entertainment. Both Ken’s recording and writing have been very prolific. Having written about half of the music he’s recorded, there are currently eight CD’s in his Bear Valley Records catalogue. Visions of several more recordings are in various stages of planning, with available time being the only constraint. His CD Montana Cowboy was named Cowboy CD of the Year by True West Magazine, and contains the song Montana Lullaby, co-written with Wylie Gustafson, which was selected as The Official Lullaby of the State of Montana in an act by the Montana Legislature. The most recent recording project, entitled Montana In My Soul, expounds upon Ken’s love for the West and his home in particular.
Known for their tightly-blended, angelic harmonies, The Pilkey Sisters have performed throughout the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, singing at many church events, missions fundraisers, as well as a variety of corporate events. Most recently, The Pilkey Sisters were showcased at the 2017 GMA Covenant Awards, where they were nominated as New Artist of the Year.
This family band is from the Saskatchewan prairies and is of Norwegian decent. Their surname “DAAE” is pronounced “DOE”.
Their family roots in singing and farming go back to the early 1900’s, and sharing the Gospel is something that they love to do as a family. Sounds of bluegrass, country and Southern Gospel have filled their family’s home as well as churches, fairs, stages, radio and television broadcasts from across the country; and they want to continue in music for years to come.
In 1969, four men – including Walt Andres – met at Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church in St Catharines, Ontario, and embarked on a journey only a creative and sovereign God could imagine. Just a few months after the journey began, a young Mike Moran joined the group after being part of the Hisey Brothers quartet. Many faces have been part of the Torchmen over the years, with Sandy, Jeff, and Jon being part of the lineup at different times. Each of these men have many years of experience behind them, and are looking forward to new experiences that God has planned for them.
Bobby’s vision for his family is to serve and minister to other families in the church. He has shared his convictions, beliefs, and desire with his wife and children, that there are so many families in (and out of) the church that are struggling to stay together, get along, love each other, and serve God together. The heart cry of Bowen Family Ministries is to esteem, exhort, and encourage the core of the church… the family.
The Blue Collar Harmony Boys consist of members: Andrew Dyck, Steven Doerksen, Andrew Doerksen, Nathan Doerksen, and Josh Doerksen. The five of them, originally from MacGregor, MB, have been singing together since 2006 and have been ministering through song across all three Prairie Provinces. From Gospel Jamborees, to the main stage at Canada’s Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer AB, the Blue Collar Harmony Boys’ main focus is to praise the name of Jesus, and to tell of His amazing love and saving grace.