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Then Sings My Soul is a non-denominational audience-participation hymn sing and and traditional Gospel concert established to provide a venue for Greater Toronto Area folks to gather and sing from their hearts in the old-time way. Our purpose is to restore the privilege of singing from the soul, particularly for those who feel marginalized by secular orthodoxy in society and out of step with newly imagined Christian musical expressions. Set up in theatres and other community centres throughout the GTA, we meet several times a year. Come celebrate!
Co-producer and song director Dan Hoddinott has studied music and performance for much of his adult life. He has acted in musical theatre productions, sung barbershop harmony and landed roles in classical productions for many years in Toronto’s niche arts scene. In 2015, as part of Toronto ensemble Newchoir, he appeared live on CTV’s Canada AM, on some of Toronto’s biggest stages (including Yonge-Dundas Square and Koerner Hall) and at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York. But he considers his greatest fulfillment singing Gospel music, with male quartets and mixed groups, in Nashville and other venues in the U.S. Gospel-singing South.
He studied vocal pedagogy and singing technique in operatic repertoire at private studios in Toronto, vocal performance and piano at the Gospel-based Steve Hurst School of Music in Nashville (Trevecca University) and Cleveland, Tenn. (Lee University), plus theory and voice at the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville (Trevecca and Middle Tennessee State universities).
He was part of several recording projects in the U.S. prior to recording his first solo CD, Sighs of the Times, in Toronto in the fall of 2013. The recording is a combination of song and poetry recitation, showcasing his forté as an onstage storyteller. His second book of poetry, A Thousand Steps from Home, was released in the fall of 2016.
Co-producer Jan Hoddinott loves to sing, especially the old-time church standards, wherever a few like-minded people might be gathered together. What’s more, she loves to serve.
She served two terms as president of the Nazarene Missions Society, Canada Central District, in the 1990s and early 2000s, before leaving for the U.S. on a work mission. Following her return to Canada, she has immersed herself in charity work and proven to be a formidable force.
A cancer survivor herself, she parlayed her personal experience into a robust three-year stint participating in the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraising event. For the past three years she has been involved, in sleeves-rolled-up fashion, with Making Wishes Come True, an annual scrapbooking charity event that contributes to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, Ontario chapter.
Commanding the piano position is veteran Gospel pianist Peter Kaups, whose rousing style, full-keyboard improvisation and breathtaking turnarounds will both excite and inspire. It’ll demand that you sing along — even if you don’t know the words!
Peter’s career began in the Toronto market, with the King James Version Quartet. He was drafted in the late-1960s by the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet of Memphis, Tenn. and enjoyed a fine career at the top of the U.S. Gospel music industry. (Click here to see a clip of Peter and The Blackwood Brothers on The Johnny Cash Show in 1971.) In later years he played for Canadian touring group Middle Cross Quartet, and now plays piano in his home church in Toronto.
‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His word… | Hand in hand we walk each day, hand in hand along the way… | From all harm safe in His sheltering arm, I’m living by faith and feel no alarm… | He set me free, He set me free, He broke the bonds of prison for me… | Here among the shadows (living) in a lonely land, with strangers we’re a band of pilgrims on the move… | O I want to see Him, look upon His face… | Fair haven of rest for the weary, how beautiful Heaven must be… | ‘Tis grace that brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home…