SUMMERSIDE – Trinity United Church in Summerside will be filled with the sounds of award-winning music this weekend.
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Larry Ford will be performing in a gospel concert at Trinity United Church in Summerside on Saturday evening.
Larry Ford is a Grammy award winning tenor, a regular artist on the "Gaither Homecoming" television series, will be featured in a gospel concert on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Joining Ford in this special musical event will be Janet McGarry, a dominant presence in bluegrass music scene, accompanied by one of her Wildwood band members, Serge Bernard.
Ford's music career first took root at the age of five, when he climbed up on a chair at his home church in Levelland, Texas. His first solo was "How Great Thou Art," and now, 50 years later, he is still singing that familiar hymn - only now he sings it in English, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, Italian and Norwegian.
Trained in classical music on a music scholarship, Ford was a featured soloist with The Downings, sang tenor with the Dixie Echoes and later The James Blackwood Quartet, before setting out on his solo career.
Through his appearances on live concert events and television airings, he has become closely associated with gospel favourites like, "Little is Much When God is in It," "Sing of My Redeemer," "Follow Me" and "O, What a Savior."
His music ministry has taken him to 49 of the United States and to more than 30 foreign countries during the course of his career. His travel schedule includes over 100 concerts a year and frequent overseas travel.
A DVD, entitled "The Best of Larry Ford," features Ford's best-loved performances from the Gaither Homecoming series.
McGarry has 10 albums to her credit, each have earned her awards, accolades, and respect from the music industry. Her latest release "Wildwood Rose" won Album of the Year at the 2012 Eastern Canada Bluegrass Awards in Truro, N.S. McGarry is also a five-time Female Vocalist of the Year at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards.
She is now a Daughter of Bluegrass, a leading group of female bluegrass artists, and appears as a leading artist on the CD "Bluegrass Bouquet", the group's third collaboration on Blue Circle Records. Janet also appears on the newly released box set of the Daughters of Bluegrass project called "Pickin' Like a Girl."
From her early years performing at local talent shows, to forming her own record label - Diamond Productions P.E.I. in Stratford, to performing and touring with her band Wildwood, McGarry is devoted to her music.
Serge Bernard plays banjo and sings harmony vocals with Janet McGarry and Wildwood. He is an accomplished instrumentalist, playing mandolin, guitar, fiddle, dobro, and bass. He has recorded various instruments on locally produced projects, several of which received industry nominations and awards.
Bernard was awarded the Emcee of the Year Award at the Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards for five years (2007 to 2011) and the DJ of the Year Award five times, making him a Master in both these categories. His DJ awards were for his work as co-host of "Bluegrass Island," a one-hour radio show on CFCY Charlottetown on Sunday evenings.