Heritage Singers are an American gospel group founded by Max 0Mace and his wife Lucy, with their two children, Val and Greg. Based near Placerville, California, the group has traveled to over 65 countries, performed over 7,000 concerts, produced 200 television programs, and recorded over 100 albums. In 2014 the Loma Linda Broadcasting Network began re-playing their 30-minute shows three times each week with the new title of Heritage Singers Classics.

History

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. Jerry Leiske named the group based on Bible scripture equating saints with God's "Heritage ... objects of His special care."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. Early accompanists included Bob Silverman on piano and Pete McLeod and Jeff Wood on guitars. In 1974 the Heritage Singers collaborated with Ron Huff, who arranged their first albums with full orchestration.As their popularity grew (along with a television series, Heritage Singers Presents), they formed a second group in September 1974, dubbed Heritage II, (subsequently named New Creation) to perform mostly at cities located in the eastern half of the United States; and a third group, Heritage Singers en Espanol, which tours South America singing Spanish versions of the group's signature songs. More than 250 people (including Chris Willis) have performed as members of Heritage Singers; however, the Mace family has remained at its core. As for the religious affiliation of its members, Max Mace has stated that while a majority of them are Seventh-day Adventists, that's not in itself a requirement. "They have to be a born-again Christian and receptive to the Adventist message."

Reunions

Celebratory reunion concerts have been held in 1979 (Swing Auditorium), 1986 (Anaheim Convention Center), 2001 (Ontario Convention Center), and 2005 (Crystal Cathedral). A final 45th anniversary reunion was held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena on July 30, 2016 with 126 singers on stage.

Discography

Studio albums

Live albums

Videos

Recent members

Singers Typically 7 to 10 singers perform at each concert, and the line-up varies depending on the location and availability.Denar Almonte Ted Atwood Dave Bell Rob Burkey Tim Calhoun Marcelo Constanzo Melody Davis Tim Davis Kevin Dumitru Garth Gabriel Cindy Haffner Lisa Jensen Shani Judd Diehl John Lomacang Adriane Mace Amber Mace Max Mace Val Mace Mapa Chloe Mallory Darrell Marshall Jaclyn Pruehs Shastin Rains Scott Reed Frank John Salas Becki Trueblood Craig Miguel VerazasBand The recording musicians vary on each CD, and the band usually does not perform at concerts except for special occasions.Gary Hemenway - keyboards Art Mapa – guitars Austin Mapa – drums Art Munar – keyboards Nino Ocampo – bass Dani Stromback – keyboards Joel Umali – keyboardsTechnicalTim Davis – vocal arranger and producer Greg Mace – sound engineer Lucy Mace - tour manager Max Mace – director Art Mapa – arranger, producer, programmer Source:

External links

Official website Firsthand biography by Dan Shultz in 2009-2010 Heritage Singers Classics programming schedule on LLBN Heritage Singers discography at AllMusic.com Heritage Singers discography at CrossRhythms.com Heritage Singers discography at Discogs.com

Official Links
Official Facebook Page @HeritageSingersOfficial
Official Twitter Page Heritage Singers @heritagesingers
Country of Origin United States
Official Website n.a.

Albums & Songs