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.
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."
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.
Typically 7 to 10 singers perform at each concert, and the line-up varies depending on the location and availability.Denar Almonte
Shani Judd Diehl
Val Mace Mapa
Frank John Salas
Becki Trueblood Craig
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:
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