Black Hen Music
Since I am a huge fan of Canadian singer Jim Byrnes, the story of the creation of The Sojourners has always been of interest.
It was Byrnes who called Vancouver based gospel singer Marcus Mosely on the phone a few years ago to ask if he could gets some friends together to record some back up vocals for his new album.
Mosely brought Will Sanders and Ron Small with him, and the trio clicked.
As noted on The Sojourners’ website, “hot on the tail of their session with Byrnes, the Sojourners went into the studio with roots music whiz Steve Dawson to record ‘Hold On’, their first solo album in 2007. Two years and many sessions later, Mosely, Small and Sanders have taken all they’ve learned in between and returned to record a second CD simply entitled The Sojourners.”
It was two years ago now that I reviewed Hold On and gave it a solid 8-out-of-10.
I can tell you The Sojourners have not lost a step in creating their sophomore disk.
The same things which stood out then still do.
To start with these three harmonize seamlessly. Their voices truly seem as if they were meant to be melded as a unit. There is something special when voices mix so well, and these three sound like they’ve been together forever.
And then there is the music. This is fully gospel. It carries a message and in this case the message is delivered through wonderful voices. An example is the powerful song Another Soldier Gone.
There are also instances where the go upbeat with the message, such as Strange Man.
For many this disk will bring comfort I am sure, along with the simple enjoyment of the fine vocals.
The Sojourners are about as good as it gets in this genre.
Check them out at www.thesojourners.ca
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Feb 17, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada