Cowboy church returns

Come on out to the Stampede grandstand and listen to Abe Zacharias and local gospel musicians, "The Good Key Singers," as you enjoy

Come on out to the Stampede grandstand and listen to Abe Zacharias and local gospel musicians, “The Good Key Singers,” as you enjoy breakfast and fellowship July 1.

Zacharias is an award-winning vocalist and songwriter who has performed in many parts of Canada and the United States. His 1993 appearance on the stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry and his 1997 Golden Heart Award (Country Gospel Male Vocalist of the Year) are two of his career highlights.

He has gained a legion of fans through his more than 40 years of making music. Zacharias was especially pleased when one of them, country star, Paul Brandt, credited him as being one of his important musical influences.

He has sung at many Cowboy Poetry gatherings in British Columbia and Alberta as well as churches and Cowboy Churches and has been a regular at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival for the past nine years. Zacharias performed at the Calgary Stampede Window on the West Showcase in 2010 and 2011 and is scheduled to perform again this year.

His music has been generating a lot of overseas airplay. His song, My Country Home, went to number 1 in Belgium. Recently one song, Prairie Homestead, from his Songs of the Sage and Saddle album has been receiving extensive airplay by the European Country Music Association.


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