Heritage Singers

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Heritage Singers
OriginPlacerville, California, United States
GenresGospel music, worship music, contemporary Christian
Years active1971–present
LabelsHeritage Singers USA, Heritage, Chapel
Websitewww.heritagesingers.com
Members
  • Dave Bell
  • Tim Calhoun
  • Marcelo Constanzo
  • Melody Davis
  • Tim Davis
  • Kevin Dumitru
  • Garth Gabriel
  • Cindy Haffner
  • Shani Judd-Diehl
  • Adriane Mace
  • Max Mace
  • Val Mace-Mapa
  • Art Mapa
  • Jaclyn Pruehs
  • Shastin Rains
  • Scott Reed
  • Becki Trueblood-Craig
 
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Heritage Singers
OriginPlacerville, California, United States
GenresGospel music, worship music, contemporary Christian
Years active1971–present
LabelsHeritage Singers USA, Heritage, Chapel
Websitewww.heritagesingers.com
Members
  • Dave Bell
  • Tim Calhoun
  • Marcelo Constanzo
  • Melody Davis
  • Tim Davis
  • Kevin Dumitru
  • Garth Gabriel
  • Cindy Haffner
  • Shani Judd-Diehl
  • Adriane Mace
  • Max Mace
  • Val Mace-Mapa
  • Art Mapa
  • Jaclyn Pruehs
  • Shastin Rains
  • Scott Reed
  • Becki Trueblood-Craig

Heritage Singers are an American Gospel group founded by Max Mace and his wife, Lucy with their two children, Val and Greg. Upon entering their fourth decade, they had traveled to over 65 countries, performed over 7,000 concerts, produced 200 television programs, and recorded over 100 albums.[1]

History[edit]

After four years of performing with a patriotic/folk singing group to promote Portland-based United Medical Laboratories named Rose City Singers, the Maces decided to resign and form a Christian group in 1971.[2] The first year they released two albums Come Along With the Heritage Singers and Hymns We Remember and performed their first public concert in June.[3] Early accompanyists included Bob Silverman on piano and Pete McLeod and Jeff Wood on guitars.[4] In 1974 the Heritage Singers collaborated with Ron Huff, who arranged their first albums with full orchestration.[5] As their popularity grew (along with a television series, Heritage Singers Presents), they formed a second group in September of 1974, dubbed Heritage II,[6] (subsequently named New Creation)[7] to perform mostly at cities located in the eastern half of the United States;[8] and a third group, Heritage Singers en Espanol, which tours South America singing Spanish versions of the group's signature songs.[9]

More than 250 people (including Chris Willis) have performed as members of Heritage Singers; however, the Mace family has remained at its core. Celebratory reunion concerts have been held in 1979 (Swing Auditorium), 1986 (Anaheim Convention Center), 2001 (Ontario Convention Center), and 2005 (Crystal Cathedral).[10]

Influence/Awards[edit]

In a concert review by the Trans-European Division of the Seventh-day Adventists, "During the period of socialist Yugoslavia, bootlegged cassettes, bearing the signature sound of the Heritage Singers, were the only source of recorded Christian music in countless households. This sound ... became a blueprint for music groups, bands and praise teams across the region."[11]

Prior to performing at Pacific Union College in 2002, they had received more Angel Awards from “Religion in Media” than any other gospel group, including:[12]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums with release dates
TitleDetails
15 Year Anniversary
  • Released: 1986
5-Year Souvenir Album
  • Released: 1975
A Cappella
  • Released: 1994
A New Day
  • Released: 2006
A Quiet Place
  • Released: 2007
  • Instrumental version of A New Day except for some background vocals
A Touch of Country
  • Released: 1982
All Are Precious in His Sight
  • Released: 1997
Be Free
  • Released: 2009
Because of Love
  • Released: 2002
Best of 10 Years
  • Released: 1981
Christmas with the Heritage Singers
  • Released: 1975
Come Along with the Heritage Singers
  • Released: 1971
Commissioned
  • Released: 1990
Faith to the People
  • Released: 1973
  • Souvenir album for sponsors of Faith For Today (TV ministry)
Father of All
  • Released: 1992
Forgiven
  • Released: 2008
From the Heart
  • Released: 1984
God's Wonderful People
  • Released: 1975
Gospel Train
  • Released: 1988
Happy Side of Life
  • Released: 1972
He Is Our Peace
  • Released: 1997
He Still Speaks
  • Released: 2000 ? (no release date marked on CD, but liner notes list one song as recorded in March 2000)
Heaven Is for Kids
  • Released: 1978
Heritage Classics (Volume I)
  • Released: ?
  • Triple album
  • With songs from albums by Duane Hamilton, Heritage Singers II, New Creation
Heritage Classics Volume II
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume III
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume IV
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume V
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume VI
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume VII
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume VIII
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume IX
  • Released: ?
Heritage Classics Volume X
  • Released: ?
  • Triple album
Heritage Country
  • Released: 1998
Hymns of Gold
  • Released: 2002
Hymns We Remember
  • Released: 1971
I Am Willing, Lord
  • Released: 1977
I Just Came to Talk with You Lord
  • Released: 1973
I Love Him Too Much (to Fail Him Now)
  • Released: 1975
Jesus Is the Lighthouse
  • Released: 1974
Just a Little More Time
  • Released: 1982
Let's Just Praise the Lord
  • Released: 1973
No Compromise
  • Released: 1988
No Greater Love
  • Released: 2007
Peacespeaker
  • Released: 1994
People's Choice
  • Released: 2010
  • Triple CD
Reflections of Christmas
  • Released: ?
Renew Me
  • Released: 2005
Restored
  • Released: 2012
Right Now
  • Released: 1986
Rise Again
  • Released: 1979
Saved by Grace
  • Released: 2004
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 1
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of Hymns We Remember and Come Along with the Heritage Singers
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 2
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of The King Is Coming and I Just Came to Talk to You Lord
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 3
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of Happy Side of Life and Thanks to Calvary
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 4
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of Sing-A-Long and Talking About the Love of God
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 5
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of We've Come This Far by Faith and Let's Just Praise the Lord
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 6
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of Jesus Is the Lighthouse and God's Wonderful People
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 7
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of What More Could He Do and Thinking Back
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 8
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of Someone Is Praying for You and I Am Willing, Lord
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 9
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of We're Just People and Just a Little More Time
Silver Anniversary Collection Vol. 10
  • Released: 1996
  • Digitally remastered versions of From the Heart and Right Now
Sing-A-Long
  • Released: 1972
Someone Cares
  • Released: 2001
Someone Is Praying for You
  • Released: 1979
Songs You Remember Vol. I
  • Released: 1991
Songs You Remember Vol. II
  • Released: ?
Songs You Remember Vol. III
  • Released: ?
Songs You Remember Vol. IV
  • Released: ?
Spirit of Praise
  • Released: 1983
Step Into the Sunshine (with The Sunshine Kids)[5]
  • Released: 1973
Talking About the Love of God
  • Released: 1972
Thanks to Calvary
  • Released: 1972
The King Is Coming
  • Released: 1972
Thinking Back: 100 Year Old Gospel Favorites
  • Released: 1976
Timeless Heirlooms
  • Released: 2006
Timeless Heirlooms II
  • Released: 2008
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • Released: 1985
We're Just People
  • Released: 1981
We've Come this Far by Faith
  • Released: 1973
What Is This?
  • Released: 1989
What More Could He Do
  • Released: 1976
You Are Holy
  • Released: 1999
You Are My Song
  • Released: 1995

Live albums[edit]

List of albums with release dates
TitleDetails
God Bless America Again
  • Released: 1981
  • Recorded at inauguration party for Ronald Reagan
  • Limited edition of 5,000 signed, numbered copies in red vinyl
More Than Singing
  • Released: 1973
  • "I Just Came to Talk with You Lord" tour
Reunion
  • Released: 1979
  • Double album
  • Includes songs from "Rise Again" and "Someone Is Praying for You"

Videos[edit]

List of videos with release dates
TitleDetails
30th Anniversary Live Concert
  • Released: 2001
An Evening at the Crystal Cathedral
  • Released: 2006
Because of Love: The Session
  • Released: ?
From Tahiti with Love
  • Released: 1987
Heritage Live, In Concert From Prague
  • Released: 2010
Simply Heritage: A Musical Journey
  • Released: 2004
Through the Years Vol. 1
  • Released: 2005
Through the Years Vol. 2
  • Released: 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ September 2010 Heritage Singers Newsletter
  2. ^ Mace, Max and Lucy Mace with Joanne Velting Mullin (2010). Beyond Our Dreams: The Heritage Singers Story. Walla Walla, WA: Color Press, Inc. ISBN 978-0-615-37223-5.  Pp. 4-5.
  3. ^ The Heritage Singers Songbook - Favorites by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Alexandria, Indiana: Alexandria House. 1977. p. 6. 
  4. ^ The Heritage Singers Songbook - Favorites by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Alexandria, Indiana: Alexandria House. 1977. p. 20. 
  5. ^ a b The Heritage Singers Songbook - Favorites by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Alexandria, Indiana: Alexandria House. 1977. p. 24. 
  6. ^ The Heritage Singers Songbook - Favorites by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Alexandria, Indiana: Alexandria House. 1977. p. 30. 
  7. ^ The Heritage Singers Songbook - Favorites by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Alexandria, Indiana: Alexandria House. 1977. p. 48. 
  8. ^ Mace et al., ibid., p. 23
  9. ^ Mace et al., ibid., p. 101
  10. ^ Mace et al., ibid., pp. 151, 155
  11. ^ Heritage Singers in Belgrade (concert review by Pavle Trajkovski for tedNEWS, 20 August 2014)
  12. ^ Heritage Singers Come to PUC Pacific Union College 2002 newsletter archive

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