Guy Abraham - Vocals / Guitar / Piano / Keyboards
Alain Muller - Bass / Keyboards
Jamie Smythe - Drums / Vocals
Saya Gahungu - Violin
The Mission Light
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Balancing elements of folk, pop and alternative rock, this Winnipeg-based group incorporates a great deal of passion and feel into their music. To quote UPTOWN Magazine "The Mission Light has tuned into what makes a band stick out and demands respect... giving alternative folk rock a new face." Since 2004, the band has been wowing audiences in a major way. With every performance, an emotional connection is immediate and unmistakable; crowds are blown away by the band's honest appeal and raw energy.
Consumed by a common desire to create something truly timeless, the original lineup of SOCAN Award winning singer-songwriter Guy Abraham (guitar/piano/vocals), Alain Muller (bass/guitar), Saya Gahungu (violin) and Jamie Smythe (drums), set out to capture their epic sound and began recording in early 2006. The result… Hearts For City Limits.
Released on June 30th 2009, the long-awaited debut album offers up earnest songwriting with beautifully layered sounds. Soaring vocals, strings and keys combined with heart-pounding guitars, drums and bass are the foundations of this record. Songs of hope, longing and loss are all connected to HFCL’s main themes of distance and salvation. The band's vision was achieved under the guidance of Gemini Award winning producer/engineer Norman Dugas (Leaderhouse, Daniel ROA) and with the mixing/mastering skills of Kyle Sierens (Sick City, Common Lives).
Making an appearance on the album are Sarah Dugas (The Duhks, Madrigaïa) and violinist Dale Brown (Dust Rhinos) who subsequently joined the band along with Rob Nicolas on guitar and Dave Arbez on drums. Also contributing to new upcoming tracks are Christian Dugas (The Duhks, Leaderhouse) and Scott Senior (The Duhks, Moses Mayes).
The Mission Light has since returned to its original lineup and is now currently in & out of the studio working on new material for the next album.