Hold On (2007)
Hold On, is the debut recording for the Vancouver based gospel vocal trio, Will Sanders, Ron Small and Marcus Mosely. All three are integral members of Vancouver’s premiere gospel choir, The Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir and they originally came together to appear on and make a very significant contribution to Jim Byrnes’ 2007 Juno Award winning CD House of Refuge.
While the Sojourners sound like they have been singing together for years, Hold On marks only their first year of performing as a vocal trio. With appearances at the Vancouver, Edmonton and Salmon Arm Folk Festivals, as well as the Vancouver Jazz Festival, the Sojourners are just beginning to make their mark on the Canadian music scene.
With minimal accompaniment, and produced and recorded live off the floor by Steve Dawson 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. With the accompaniment of Steve Dawson (Zubot and Dawson) on guitars, Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Bill Frisell) on bass, and Geoff Hicks (Colin James) on drums, Hold On was recorded over a period of 3 days with all vocalists and instruments in the same room... just like the old days!