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  • Arranged, recorded background vocals for:
     “‘Sno Angel Like You” CD with Giant Sand American Artist Howe Gelb. Also features Ottawa Drummer Jeremy Gara (Arcade Fire), Guitarist Fred Guignion, Producer Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards), Singer-Songwriter Jim Bryson, Keyboard/Organist Michael Gibbs, Thrill Jockey Records, released March 2006.
               'Sno Angel Like You International Tours:
                Europe/UK:  May 5-22, July 18-24 2006; By special request May 3-23, 2007
                U.S.: May 26-29, 2006.
  • “Fire & Soul” CD with Paul Blissett Band, also featuring Brian Downey Band, released January 2006.
  • The Trevor Finlay Band on the "Morning Man" CD.  Arranged choral parts of the song "I Remember Sundays."  Featured guest artists at Barrymore's for CD Release Party '98.
    Requested for encore performance presented by Barrymore's and Roger's Community Television. Talented artists include Canadian Blues Legend Donnie "Mr. Downchild" Walsh, The Jivewires and Andrea Karam.
  • The song "The Other Side of Love," "Siren Songs" CD by Andrea de Valois.
    Featured guest artists at the Barrymore's CD Release Party '99.

Command Performances & Special Requests:
  • Recruited/Selected for the Canadian Juno Awards 2003 festivities.  Featured for the “Juno Stunts” campaign, including greeting over 400 Musical Delegates, including Mayor Chiarelli, Heritage Minister Sheila Copps, Canadian artists Shawn Desman, Glenn Lewis, The Rascalz, Snow and many others, at the Mayor of Ottawa Reception, Ottawa, Canada and Casino Du Lac-Leamy, Hull, Quebec, 2003, televised nationally (CJOH-CTV, CHRO, CBC) and featured on many local radio stations.
  • "Live from Rideau Hall," hosted by former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson." Celebration of 50 Years: Celebration of half a century of Canadian Governors General. Featured a stellar line-up of sixteen of Canada's greatest musical names, including Deborah Cox, Gordon Lightfoot,  Barenaked Ladies, Susan Aglukark, Tom Connors, Natalie MacMaster, Mario Pelchat, televised Nationwide on CBC and Radio-Canada, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, ON., 2002.
  • Pre-Show performance and Grand Finale for The New York Firefighters Relief Fund:  Fundraising Concert in support of New York Firefighters Relief Fund and Red Cross US Appeal, for victims of the "9-11" tragedy in America. Canada's finest recording artists included Quartette with Sylvia Tyson, Tom Jackson (star of "North of Sixty)," Wayne Rostad (Host of "On the Road Again"), Prescott-Brown, Multi-award winning Prairie Oyster and Swing, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Canada, Sept., 2001.
  • Performed with Canadian great Paul Anka, at exclusive Tim Horton's Conference-Benefit concert at The Ottawa Congress Centre, 2000.
    Musical guests in the "Unique Lives and Experiences": series presented by The Ottawa Citizen at The NAC, featuring Maya Angelou in '98 and the late Coretta Scott King, 1999
    Performance by request
    for Her Excellency Mme. Leblanc at The Governor General's House, Rideau Hall, in aid of "A Celebration of Life," in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness and Palliative Care, 1999.
  • Featured act for The National Healthcare Conference & Exhibition 2000, also featuring The Governor General's Foot Guards, The Ottawa Congress Centre, 2000.
  • Requested guests for the Commonwealth Interfaith Service, 2000.  Hosted at The Museum of Civilization by The Royal Commonwealth Society, in honour of Commonwealth Day.

Concerts / Special Appearances:
  • Opened for R&B/Soul Diva Jully Black, for her highly acclaimed "Revival" CD, The Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield, Que., Nov., 2007.
  • “ ‘Sno Angel Like YouCD Release with Giant Sand American artist Howe Gelb, Jeremy Gara, Fred Guignion, Producer Dave Draves, Jim Bryson, The National Library and Archives, sponsored by the Ottawa Folk Fest 2006 & 2007, Babylon Club, Ottawa, ON., 2006.
  • Performed with Celine Dion in collaboration with Ottawa's Caribbean Voices in an exlcusive two-night sold-out concert.  "Falling Into You" CD Tour, Corel Centre, Ottawa, ON.,  1996
  • Special appearance with The Chieftains at The NAC, "Fire in the Kitchen" World Tour.  Collaborated on their two songs, "The Long Journey Home, " and "Shenandoah," from their Grammy Award winning CD, "The Long Journey Home."  Also featuring Candian Celtic artists, The Barra MacNeils, Ashley MacIsaac, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Ottawa, ON., 1998.
  • Headlined "Music for Miracles," ALS Benefit Concert 2001.  Also featured Canadian Country Gospel Duo, Juno '99 winner Trevor Baker, St. Andrew's Cathedral, Ottawa.
  • Opening act for The Hammerheads concert, Barrymore's Music Hall, Ottawa, ON., 2002.
    Featured as "Ottawa's Gospel Sensation!" The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, Que., 2002.
    Hosted “Gospel Rhapsody,” a concert series featuring gospel music at the National Library of Canada with special guests Andrea Karam and Rev. Ernie Cox, 1997
  • Featured act for "A Gospel Brunch," at "The Angus Barn," in Carleton Place, ON.,  2000.
    Opening act for the worldbeat group Cheza, for two concerts, held at the Museum of Civilization's  "See And Hear the World" series '97.
    Featured entertainment during The NAC’s (National Art Centre) presentation of The Nutcracker '99 and ’97 for The NAC’s choral series, which showcased a choral presentation before each program, Ottawa, ON.

  • Headlined at Gospel Day, 5th Annual Limestone City, Blues Festival 2001 to 2005.  Festival also featured Grammy-nominated and Juno Award-winning Jack de Kyzer, Colin Linden, Sue FoleyThe Slip, Holiday Inn Waterfront, Kingston, ON.
  • Headlined at Bluesfest Gospel Tent ’99 to 2003; festivals featured Lauren Hill, Mavis Staples, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Sting, Al Green, Keb Mo’, Taj Mahal, Ricky Dillard, Little Richard, Smokey Robinson, Booker T & the MG's, Ottawa, ON.
  • "Gospel on the Fringe" Mainstage Artists for Fringe Festival 2000.
  • Nortel Networks Mainstage artists for The CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival 2000,” also featured performers from every province and territory in Canada, including Canada's energetic, eccentric Moxy Fruvous and Jim Cuddy, one of Canada's foremost singer-songwriters, Lakeside Gardens, Britannia Park, Ottawa, ON.
  • Opening act for the Urban Music Festival (UMF) 2000 Gospel Concert:  "A Gospel Music Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Featuring Sharon Riley and Faith Chorale, Londa Larmond, at The CornerStone House of Refuge, 2000.
  • Headlined in "Morning Glory," the debuting gospel segment of The CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival '97 held at Lakeside Gardens, Britannia Park, Ottawa, ON.

 Awards & Showcases:
  • Selected from over 140 bands across Central & Eastern Canada for Capital Music Conference Showcase 2000, at the Rainbow Bistro, showcasing over 40 bands.
  • Awarded "Best Pavilion" in Carnival of Cultures ’94, an International Folkloric Festival, showcasing cultural arts at pavilions located throughout region.  Annual performance in this festival, Astrolabe Theatre.

Television Appearances:
  • Featured act for Caribbean Calendar Christmas 2006, Rogers 22, with Host Ingrid John-Baptiste,, Ottawa, ON.
  • Filmed television commercial for The Jerry Lewis Muscular Distrophy Telethon 2000, aired by/for Rogers Community Television, nationally / internationally.
  • Special guests at annual "Light Up The Night," Christmas Concert, hosted by Wayne Rostad, Almonte, ON., 2002  to 2004, also featured on CJOH TV.
  • Featured Gospel Act for Ottawa Heart Institute Telethon 2002 and 2003, hosted by Wayne Rostad, Co-hosts Max Keeping, J.J. Clarke and many others.  Televised by CJOH TV, CBC, and New RO, plus many radio stations including CFRA, Majic 100, The Bear, Chez 106.
  • Selected for the televised Gospel portion of The Heart Institute Telethon ’96/2002-2004, presented by the CBC, CJOH, CHRO and other local TV and Radio stations and The Ottawa Heart Institute.

  • Musical guests for the "Commonwealth Youth Conference," featuring Dr. David Suzuki, at The Museum of Civilization '97.
  • Featured act for Emergency Medical Services,  produced by Venues: The Entertainment Company, Gatineau, QUE., December 2006.
  • Cooperators Insurance Corporate Christmas Dinner/Show,  produced by Venues: The Entertainment Company, Gatineau, QUE., December 2006.

Church Services,  Fundraisers, Special Occasions:
  • Headlined for CBC Radio, "Ottawa Morning" live, nationally broadcast show for Christmas "Share Central" fundraiser, with CBC Radio Hosts Kathleen Petty and Hallie Cotnam, Dec., 2007.
  • Headlined “Gospel Night,” at “The Sacred Heart Classical Concert Series 2000,” in Hull, Quebec.
  • Gospel Mainstage Artists for “Christian Day” at the Ottawa Super-Ex 2000.
  • Performed for International Day for The Elimination of Discrimination, Federal Government Sponsor & Host, Industry Canada, Ottawa, ON., 2002.
  • Featured act for "Daybreak, Non-Profit Shelter (Ecumenical) Corporations" dinner and entertainment fundraiser, St. Paul's University, Ottawa, ON., 2001.
  • Headliners at Scholarship Fundraiser, Eastern Ladies Lodge, Rebecca Chapter No.2, McLeod-Stewarton Church, Ottawa, 2001.
  • Featured Artists for The Emancipation Day Celebration 2003:  A Cultural Celebration, sponsored by The Emancipation Day Committee of Ottawa, National Library, Ottawa, Ont.
  • Headlined for Bridlewood Community Church of the Nazarene fundraiser, Kanata, ON, 2001.

Community Events:
The Annual Salvation Army Day Service at Andrew Haydon Park, Canada Day celebrations,
Black History of Ottawa Celebrations,
Fete Caribe Festivals, Citizenship Day,
Featured Artists:  Rideau Centre Rooftop Entertainment,
Festival of Racial Harmony,
The Ottawa Masonic and Eastern Star Lodges’ Youth  Talent Shows,
The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa,
Afro-Caribe Cultural Arts Studio Holiday Celebrations & Dance Recitals, Commonwealth Day Celebrations

VOP sound clips coming soon!!
We will be adding sound clips for V.O.P. original songs "Surrender," and "Always and Forever."

(Both songs produced by Steve Johnston, co-produced by Faith Johnston. "Surrender" also co-produced by Michael Gibbs.
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We are currently working on a CD for late 2001. It will feature mostly original songs, penned by our very own Steve Johnston, Musical/Technical Director, for Voices of Praise Gospel Group.

Questions for Steve?

Inspirational Words...
"Do not envy the oppressor, and choose none of his ways."

Proverbs 4:31s 4:31