By Joyce Spamer
Yes, it is going to happen and you won’t want to miss this big event on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM. There will be limited seating, so you will need to purchase your tickets early.
Growing up, I can remember going to church on Sundays as a family and we would open up our hymn books and everyone would love singing the old hymns that have been a part of Americana for a long time.
Southern Gospel NY have been doing Gospel concerts now in the Rochester area for over 7 years and every year just gets better and better. Groups have come in and shared their testimony and sang about their love for our Savior.
There have been groups from down south, from Michigan area and even as far north as Maine that the people of Rochester have grown to love and look forward to having them back.
This year we are excited about bringing in Canada’s #1 group The Torchmen. They were also chosen by the people of Rochester as 2018 Southern Gospel Artist of the Year. The Hymn Sing/Concert will be directed by the owner of the Torchmen, Mike Moran.
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 God has planned for them.
Mike Moran was born in Cambridge Ontario, or as he remembers, Hespeler Ontario and joined the Torchmen back when it began. He and his wife Roberta now live in St. Catharines where they raised three children who are now grown with families of their own. Mike, who was an accomplished water skier in his youth, started out singing “rock and roll” as a teenager, but when he found the Lord he traded his “doo-waps” for praises, singing with many groups before joining the Torchmen. For many years he hosted “Gospel North” a radio program in the Niagara region playing both current and “Golden Oldies” of southern gospel music. The CGMA showed their appreciation to Mike when he was awarded a “Lifetime Achievement” award. Now that the children have left the nest, Mike and Roberta enjoy travelling. He used to enjoy finding new jokes, but gave that up a few years ago.
Jon Hisey, has known, and been known by the Torchmen since they began back in the late sixties. Growing up in St. Catharines literally around the corner from Mike Moran, it was not uncommon to have Mike at the house, whether he was singing with his dad, and uncles, or just getting notes on how to keep a car clean. Jon officially started singing with the Torchmen in 1983 just after his uncle John had left the group. Since then he has been a vital part of many recordings, and concert promotions. Jon has been married to Joyce since 1989, and they have 2 daughters who are either finished or almost finished their studies at Queens. Jon owns Yake Engineered Multimedia Systems designing, installing and servicing sound and video systems for churches all across Ontario.
Sandy MacGregor, born and raised in Kitchener, Ontario. Sandy has been married to his lovely wife Heidi for 35 years, they have two children. Their oldest, Tim, and his wife Allison pastor a church in NFLD, and their youngest Christine and her husband Jason pastor a church in Mississippi. Sandy and Heidi have four grandchildren, Robbie, Ethan, Pearl, and Cade. At the age of 17, after a few years of turmoil as a youth and experiencing a broken family, Sandy rededicated his life to Christ influenced by his Godly mother. He began singing southern gospel music at age 17 first joining “The Watchmen Quartet.” At age 22 his music ministry continued with “The Chapelaires” a country gospel mixed quartet, where he sang lead for 4 years. Sandy also sang baritone for both “The Chrystalaires” and “The Royal City Quartet.” He sang lead for “The singing Canadians” for two years. Sandy also sang with both his son and daughter in a Christian outreach band called “Damascus” which he formed, sang lead and wrote many of the songs. Sandy is probably best known for singing with “The Torchmen Quartet” where he sang lead in the 1980’s for 3 years and then tenor in the 1990’s for 4 years and now has been singing tenor since 2006. Sandy’s tenor voice has been compared to “Rosie Rozell” of “The Statesmen Quartet.”
Jeff Tritton, grew up in a family who loved music and who strived to do what God intended. His parents were a part of a family singing group called “The Brothers and Sisters.” All through his formative years he travelled with family ministering across Ontario. At one point he even had a ventriloquist dummy he named “Elfred” who assisted him in ministry to kids, and who now “fends off trespassers.”
Jeff’s first experience with the Torchmen was back about 1992 when Mike called him on a Wednesday night, to see if he could sing on Friday night with 2 other guys he had never met before. Since then Jeff has been cautious when Mike calls, but it has lead to several great recordings such as “Payday is Coming”, “Timeless”, and “Here There or In The Air.” Jeff is married to Carol who, according to Jeff “is a rock, a solid person who shows me grace and strength” in spite of how crazy he gets. Jeff and Carol share 5 children, and are nana and papa to two grandchildren.
Another great group that will be joining us that night will be a group that came to Rochester for the 1st time last December, and that we have been asked to bring back is GloryWay Quartet.
Founded in 2002, owner and lead singer, Justin Crank from Mansfield, Ohio formed the GloryWay Quartet. With a vision in mind and a dream that would become reality, his love for four-part harmony would inevitably come full circle. Justin believed that God would open a door, and with faith he would walk right through. Now, it is 2018, and GloryWay has signed with Capitol Artists, a prestigious booking agency in the world of Southern Gospel entertainment. GloryWay has signed with Butler Music Group, an agency that is well-known and highly respected in the Gospel music arena. Travelling nearly 60,000 miles nationwide annually, the group books dates sometimes a year or more in advance. The group is no stranger to nationwide radio, with current, popular releases such as “Trading a Cross for a Crown” and their latest single “He Took It Away.” GloryWay has participated in numerous NQC showcases through the years. In 2017 and 2018 they were nominated for SGN Scoops Diamond Awards “Sunrise Quartet of the Year” and in 2018, won the award in that category. They were also the showcase winners of the 2016 American Gospel Celebration hosted by Pastor John Hagee.
GloryWay has shared the stage with many of the top names in Gospel music. They have headlined and helped launch landmark fundraisers, such as Autism Awareness and Celebrating our US Veterans. GloryWay has had the honor of being guests on the nationally syndicated radio program “Paul Heil and the Gospel Greats” and they’ve also presented their ministry at the Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. The group performed at the Columbus Clippers Baseball Faith and Family Night. The group has recorded several projects to date, including a Christmas CD.
The group consists of lead singer, Justin Crank, tenor Bryan Langley, baritone John Cole, and fan-favorite bass, Justin Sayger. GloryWay continually boasts a lineup with seasoned ability that will impress even the least of Gospel music fans. GloryWay is quickly becoming a household name among industry leaders. They have a heart for the lost, integrity to go the extra mile and talent without limitation to share with all who listen.
Another individual that will be joining us from the Utica Area is Sherry Anne.
You will not want to miss this inspirational singer, speaker, and writer. Sherry Anne was born with a bilateral hearing and speech impairment. Challenged with this and other obstacles early in life, she pursued and achieved beauty pageant crowns, athletic awards, academic scholarships, and became a Doctor of Chiropractic. Yet, Sherry Anne still had a longing – an emptiness – that only the love of her Heavenly Father could fill, and He did! Today, her ministry encompasses music and inspirational speaking, bringing the message of God’s unconditional love, mercy, and saving grace to diverse audiences.
Sherry Anne sings with an elegant voice that perfectly blends a passion for traditional and contemporary music styles with her deep faith. She shares her mission as the featured presenter or women’s events and other venues across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
So plan ahead and come out for an afternoon of just singing and fellowship. Bring the family. Tickets are only $12 per person and can be purchased a couple of ways. You can go to www.sgny.net, Click on Concerts and purchase thru PayPal. You can also mail a check or money order along with a return self-stamped envelope to: SGNY 3250 Big Ridge Rd. Spencerport, NY 14559. If you have any question about other places you may be able to purchase tickets, please call Joyce at 585-329-3840. Remember: Tickets are limited so purchase early!