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Media Release - Black History Month Concert 2016

Media Release
For immediate release
January 18, 2016

 ‘Stayed on Freedom!’ 5th Annual Concert Will Launch Black History Month  

(Vancouver) The City Soul Choir and The Marcus Mosely Chorale are thrilled to announce their 5th annual ‘Stayed on Freedom!’ concert on Saturday, January 30th., at 7:30 PM.

Along with the two choirs, this year’s many talented guests include:

  • one of Canada’s finest actors and singers—Blu Mankuma;
  • Canada’s reigning queen of soul—Dawn Pemberton;
  • Louisiana native and member of The Sojourners—the soulful Will Sanders;
  • Vancouver composer/arranger/singer and Music Director of the City Soul Choir—Brian Tate;
  • and the dynamic and versatile vocal trio TriVo (Brian Tate, Dawn Pemberton, and Karla Mundy).

Local legendary musicians Bill Sample and Michael Creber provide accompaniment. Emcee is Gospel Train radio host, Marc Lindy. The evening promises to be a spectacular musical kick-off to Black History Month, and will include a tribute to Leon Bibb, a regular performer at this concert for three years—when he was into his 90s. Bibb passed away last year. Award-winning composer, educator and musician, Brian Tate, leads the City Soul Choir. Award-winning musician and producer Marcus Mosely is the Artistic Director of The Marcus Mosely Chorale, and is joined by Choral Director, Darlene Ketchum.

This event will help raise funds for the St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church’s Refugee Sponsorship Program, a cause that is particularly in need at this time with Syrian refugees arriving in BC.

Don’t Miss Stayed on Freedom!

When: Saturday, January 30th at 7:30pm  
Where: St. Andrews United Church (SW corner of Burrard and Nelson)

Tickets available online at
Tickets also available by calling: 604-770-1088 or by email

About City Soul Choir
The City Soul Choir is a Vancouver community choir led by Brian Tate. The CSC’s repertoire is drawn from the soulful music of many traditions: spirituals, gospel, pop, R&B, world, and more—it is joyful music that uplifts, inspires, transforms. The CSC has collaborated with solo artists and other choirs (including choirs in Cuba and New Orleans), and performs at benefits each season alongside its regular concert series.

About The Marcus Mosely Chorale
The Chorale has performed with soloists Dee Daniels, Eleanor Collins (Order of Canada recipient, 2013), Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee, Cayla Brooks, Dawn Pemberton, Leora Cash, David Steele and The Sojourners. The Chorale has performed at the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, Out for Lunch concert series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Jazz Festival Vespers (2012 – 2015), Dundarave Festival of Lights (2013) and mostly recently performed at the North Vancouver 55+ BC Games.


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Marcus Mosely Chorale

“People may not remember who you are, but they will remember how you made them feel” - that's what the music of the Marcus Mosely Chorale is all about.  Many song, all culminating in joy!

We are a Chorale of 50-65 singers, led by Marcus Mosely & Darlene Ketchum, backed up by a 3 or 4 piece band, which includes Bill Sample (piano/keyboard), Buff Allen (drums), Rene Worst (bass).

Our style is African American Gospel, fused with soul & jazz, featuring unique arrangements by Mosely, Sample, and Ketchum).

Now in our 4th season, the Chorale has performed with soloists Dee Daniels, Eleanor Collins (recent Order of Canada recipient), Leon Bibb, Jane Mortifee, Cayla Brooks, Dawn Pemberton, Leora Cash, and The Sojourners (2014 winners of WCMA Best Spiritual Recording of the Year).

In addition to performing their own concerts throughout the Lower Mainland, The Marcus Mosely Chorale (MMC) celebrates Black History month in an annual concert in February. The Chorale has performed at the Con Brio Music Festival in Whistler,  Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, Out for Lunch concert series at the Vancouver Art Gallery, been on “On Rush” (Shaw TV) and on Global morning Television. MMC performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival Jazz Vespers in 2012 & 2013.

The Team

MARCUS MOSELY: Artistic Director & Conductor

Marcus has sung throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South Pacific and Australia.  From Ralls Texas, Marcus made Vancouver his home in 1985. Since then he has starred in the stage productions Ain't Misbehavin' and Black and Gold Revue (Arts Club) and Show Boat (with Cloris Leachman, in Ford Theatres in Vancouver and Toronto and Ordway Theatre in St. Paul MN). He also created and directed “It’s Time to Sing” (Arts Club). In the studio he has worked with Jim Byrnes, Colin James, and Michael Kaeshammer, to name a few. He appeared in the movie Twist of Faith (with Toni Braxton) and in the movie Holiday Heart, as the singing voice of Ving Rhames. He was the singing voice of Fluttershy in an episode of the series My Little Pony (Filli Vanili). He is also a member of the award winning Sojourners (2014 Spiritual Recording of the Year), who recently opened for Bobby McFerrin at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

BILL SAMPLE:  Musical & Chorale Director

Bill Sample has been a force in the West Coast music scene for many years. A recent highlight of Bill’s career includes playing on the 2008, Grammy-winning Ratatouille soundtrack. During his tenure as Music Director for David Foster, he worked with Brian Adams, Celine Dion, Fee Waybill (The Tubes), Boz Scaggs and Kenny Loggins, to name a few. His recording credits include Seal, Simple Plan, Jane Mortifee, Leon Bibb, Michelle Wright, Jim Brickman, Randy Bachman, Eric Bibb, Valdy, and countless TV and radio commercials.

Theatre credits include Cats, Grease, Chorus Line, Evita, Joseph (featuring Donny Osmond), Beyond Eden (world premiere) and as Music Director, Cookin’ at the Cookery and Xanadu (Arts Club), The Fantastics and La Cage Aux Folle (Playhouse),. Recent musical theatre composition credits include Bruce, the Musical, Yippies in Love, and most recently The Raymur Mothers (Theatre in the Raw).

In the jazz idiom, Bill toured with Art Pepper, Paul Horn, played with Mel Torme, Robben Ford, Dee Daniels, Fraser Macpherson, and opened for Oscar Peterson. 

In 2003 he was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame. In 2010 he received both a Lifetime Achievement Award and Most Influential Jazz

Musician from the Royal Canadian Music Project, and his band Sample Stearns Band (from the 70’s) received the Most Influential Group Award. In 2013 he was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

DARLENE KETCHUM: Associate Musical Director

As a singer, Darlene performs her soul-filled arrangements of well-known covers, soul tunes, jazz standards, gospel, R&B, funk, as well as her original tunes.  In addition, she is an experienced songwriter, arranger, teacher, choral & musical director, and keyboard accompanist.

Darlene developed the music programs/curriculum and was Director of the Institute of Music Ministry (IMM) at Pacific Life Bible College from 2003 to 2014. She has organized and moderated a number of music events, including artist seminars, training, retreats, and concerts. She was part of a team that brought in performing artists for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, organizing concerts in venues across the city.

She was one of 100 featured artists in the We Make Stuff book, published in

2012, and released her first solo CD, Soul Connections (Extended Edition), in October 2014.  Two of Darlene's songs were nominated for awards this year.  “Joy, Joy to the World” was a finalist in the 2014 Word Guild award for Best Lyrics and her song “I Will Not Be Shaken” was nominated for 2014 Gospel Music Association of Canada-Covenant Award for Urban Song of the Year.



HANNELE CHILA: Financial Co-ordinator

Contact us:

Marcus Mosely - founder and artistic director or 604-726-2641

Roxie Giles - manager or 604 929 7864



Mailing address:

c/o Roxie Giles

Manager, MMC

1969 Arroyo Court

North Vancouver, BC  V7H2A3


Click here to download or print the Marcus Mosely Chorale bio.