By Stew Slater
Now truly a St. Marys musical act — singer/guitarist Ann Williams recently moved to the Stonetown from Stratford — One With Him will make its third headlining performance at the Black Angus of St. Marys on Friday, Feb. 15.
“I’m going to be bringing some of the songs I learned when I first became a Christian,” explained the other half of the duo, vocalist Lorrie Ebel, when asked during an interview last week what audience members might find different this time around, compared to previous One With Him concerts.
As in past shows, a few of the selections will be heartfelt songs written by Williams (Ebel says she is also trying her hand at songwriting, but feels she’s not ready yet to test her creations on the public). The balance of the vocal-dominated material will be drawn from Christian contemporary and gospel repertoires.
And, as pointed out by Ebel — who became a Christian as an adult — this time, expect to hear a few of the songs that influenced her as she travelled that spiritual path.
Williams and Ebel have been performing together for a few years, mainly in churches and most often in front of their own Living Rock Church congregation in St. Marys. But they’ve become increasingly busy spreading their musical message in other centres — including a busy upcoming weekend that not only sees them performing at the downtown St. Marys restaurant on Friday evening, but also at Woodstock’s Family Church early on Saturday.
Show time at the Black Angus (139 Queen Street East) is 8:30 p.m. One With Him will play their first set, then St. Marys Salvation Army Major Jim Hann will take a seat at the piano to provide some between-the-sets entertainment.
“I am ecstatic to have (Hann) come and play. He’s such a great musician and a great person,” Ebel commented.
One With Him will then round out the evening with their second set of songs.
Tickets are $10, with all proceeds from the concert going to the St. Marys Salvation Army food bank.