The Centre for Spiritual Living Band performs every Sunday at the morning services.
The music at the Centre for Spiritual Living continues to evolve week to week. The current musical team had its beginnings in 2004, when the need for a rhythm section arose to support guest singers, and for soloists who sang regularly. As the years have passed, the level of excellence offered by this talented team of musicians has attracted some of the top performers and songwriters in the region.
Congregational singing, led by the music ministry, has always been a major part of the energy at each service. As Senior Minister Rev. Patrick has often said, “It's the music that cracks us open.” As people walk into the sanctuary, the band is already leading the singing, lifting the energy and aligning everyone to the message offered by the minister through the service. The lyrics are uplifting, speaking of love for God, the Divine Intelligence. Many of the songs have been composed by members of the musical team, past and present. The inspirational message offered each week, with the music interwoven creates a highly charged spiritual experience for all present.
Over the years, Browne Anderson has been involved in a wide variety of musical projects. He has toured across Canada with a number of acts and has played locally with jazz bands, big bands, rhythm and blues and pop groups. He received much of his training in the McEwan jazz music program where he majored in performance and recording.
His primary focus has been as an arranger and band leader, and he has been honored to serve in this capacity at the Centre for Spiritual Living for several years. As a composer, his work has been heard on nature shows on the Discovery Channel, and he has also written the full score for an epic musical, "Echo of the Steppes”, performed in northern Alberta in 2006. One of his passions is to assist in developing new music by local songwriters, "fleshing out" the lyrics and melody into a full arrangement. Other than life at home with his three children, nothing gives him greater pleasure than being a part of the wonderful community at the Centre.
In the early 90’s Sue began her music career forming the popular musical group ‘Nickelfinger’. She shared stages with such notables as Sylvia Tyson, Cheryl Fisher, Cindy Church and Quartette, and performed at a wide variety of clubs and festivals including the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Since early 2005 Sue has been a formal part of the Music Ministry at the Centre for Spiritual Living in Edmonton, AB. Her passion lies in writing, recording and performing New Thought Music. She believes using sound and music in a positive and directed way is really important to help raise the vibration of the planet. It’s Soul work! She has also been actively involved in the arts since the early 90’s both as an artist and as an administrator, writes children’s stories, poetry and takes wonderful photos.
Says Dr. Dennis Merritt Jones of her recent recording ‘Take Me Home’,
"Susan's music will open your heart and penetrate your soul. Not only is her voice an extraordinary powerful instrument of the Divine, but the essence of her music, her words and the manner in which she delivers the goods will move through you and lift you, and, if you are open, will heal you. As a professional musician myself I know when a musician is "Being on Purpose". This lady is doing what she was born to; write and sing. Susan's CD is one you will want to listen to over and over again -- I do."
One of the cuts from Take Me Home has also been nominated for a Positive Music Association Award – winner to be announced in January 2010.