Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, “The Light of Christmas” CD features a marvelous collection of new Ken Whiteley Christmas originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The BabyLeapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It is a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Levy Sisters(Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with Whiteley family including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse and a cover painting by Ken’s father, Ronald Whiteley. Makes a great holiday gift! 10% of all CD proceeds are going to support of The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Click on the cover artwork to be taken to Ken’s online store.
The annual “Carols by Candlelight” service on Christmas Eve with Ken, Ciceal Levy, David Wall and Ben Whiteley. This is a beautiful family oriented service. The last 8 years it has been standing room only, so arrive early to get a good seat. For more info, visit ehpunitedchurch.ca/
“A Winnipeg Special” gospel matinee will feature guests singer/songwriter Fred Penner, Winnipeg Temple Shalom Cantor/folk musician Len Udow, the outstanding George Koller on bass and hosted by Ken Whiteley. Sunday, January 25th at Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto. Music from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch reservations and/or concert tickets are available now from Hugh’s Room (416) 531-6604. Special rates for groups of 10 or more. For guest artist bios go to Ken’s Gospel Music page.
“Mardi Gras Gospel Sing!” A New Orleans-inspired evening of favourite swing spirituals and Gospel hymns guaranteed to get your toes tapping and lift the winter blues. The music will be led by the Jordan Klapman All-Star Band with special guests Ken Whiteley, Ciceal Levy and Alana Bridgewater. Friday, February 13th at St. Andrew’s Church, 73 Simcoe Street @ King Street West, Toronto. For more info, visit www.standrewstoronto.org.
A sneak peak at Ken’s new muscial venture… Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band (banjoist Frank Evans, fiddler Rosalyn Dennett and bassist/co-producer Ben Whiteley) are creating and recording exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You’ll hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds. They can’t wait to take their show on the road and they’re very excited to have joined the roster at AIM Artists in Motion Booking Agency. Worldwide CD release February 3, 2015 on Borealis Records.
Worldwide Internet/Radio news… Drew Marshall hosts Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show and for the past 5 years Ken has been making the trek out to his Oakville radio studio to be a guest on his show. Ken was on the October 11th showwhich is now available as a podcast to download. You may listen to the show live every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Drew Marshall Show. The musical guests are featured from 4 p.m.