BLUEBIRD NORTH - Where writers sing and tell (Soon to be "Songbird North"!)
The Songwriters Association of Canada is celebrating it's 22nd year of running Bluebird North in Vancouver. This popular bi-monthly concert series celebrates songwriting in a warm, engaging theatre setting.
Bill Sample & Marcus Mosely
Shari Ulrich, host
NORMAN FOOTE has gathered millions of fans (big and small) throughout the world, and created a special niche for himself in the entertainment world. Drawing from his own experiences, Norman creates songs and stories that win audiences regardless of age. His parents record collection was a big influence on Norman, featuring as it did such greats as Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte, Satchmo, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis. He was probably the only 5-year-old that could sing Swanee and California Here I Come note for note in kindergarten. Normans passion for music and comedy takes him throughout the world. He has performed in concert halls and festivals across North America, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Middle East, and has also given concerts overseas for US troops and their families, among countless other performances. Norman has received a Juno Award, three Western Canada Music Award awards, and SOCANs Songwriter Award. Normans methodology is take a miniscule part of life and make it worthy of grand commentary - Peter Fawthrop (All Music Guide) http://normanfoote.com/
RON IRVING, a veteran Canadian singer/songwriter with over 100 songs recorded worldwide in 7 languages, is the founding producer of Vancouvers Bluebird North, launching the series in October of 1995 at the Railway Club.
A long list of artists have recorded Rons songs including, Anne Murray, Michael Bublé, Jennifer Rush, Lee Greenwood, The Statler Bros., Asian Pop star Jacky Cheung, Terri Clark, and One More Girl among many others.
A proud member of the BC Country Music Association Hall of Fame, Ron has produced his own solo CDs, "Into The Blue" "Youre Not Alone" and "Something Only Love Can Do and is an active performer, music publisher and producer.
His songs have received national awards from both SOCAN and the Canadian Music Publishers Association. He is a returning member of the executive board of the SAC. www.suecomusic.com
MARCUS MOSELY has sung throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and Australia. From Ralls, Texas, Marcus grew up immersed in the music and culture of the Gospel tradition. He made Vancouver his home in 1985 and became a Canadian citizen in 2008. Since then he has starred in the stage productions Ain't Misbehavin', Black and Gold Revue (Arts Club) and Show Boat (Livent). He also created and directed It's Time to Sing (Arts Club), a chronicle of African-American Gospel music from slavery to the present. In the studio Marcus has worked with Jim Byrnes and Colin James, among others. He appeared in the movie Twist of Faith, and in The Holiday Heart, as the singing voice of Ving Rhames. His was also the singing voice of Fluttershy in an episode of the series My Little Pony. Marcus is a member of the award winning roots Gospel trio, The Sojourners (2014 WCMA Best Spiritual Album of the Year), who have opened for Gospel legends The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. John and David Sanborn. In 2014, The Sojourners opened for Bobby McFerrin at the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Marcus has led Gospel music workshops across Canada; in 2011 he founded the Marcus Mosely Chorale.
BILL SAMPLE is a composer, arranger, pianist, music director, and producer who has been a force in the West Coast music scene for many years. Recent career highlights include playing on the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack for Ratatouille. During his tenure as Music Director for David Foster, he worked with Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Peter Cetera and Kenny Loggins, to name a few. His recording credits include Leon Bibb, Eric Bibb, Michelle Wright, and Simple Plan. He has also performed with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, and Robben Ford. In 2003, Bill 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 70s) received the Most Influential Group Award. In 2013, Bill was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
SHARI ULRICH - Originally a California girl, Shari's 40-year career from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has led to 23 albums including collaborations with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and the bluegrass band The High Bar Gang. Her work has garnered two Juno Awards, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year. She has been producing the Bluebird North (soon to be Songbird North) songwriter showcase for the SAC for over 20 years, both locally and nationally. www.shariulrich.com
The Roundhouse (View)
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2W3
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