On Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m., an Alberta Country Gospel concert featuring Ken Grambo, “The singing pastor” will be taking place at the Ponoka Legion and promises to be a night of both fellowship and fun.
Grambo was raised in a Christian home on a Canadian prairie farm by first generation Norwegian parents as the youngest of 10 children. He knew he was interested in becoming a pastor at a very young age and, after graduating from University he attended Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to make that happen. He was ordained in 1975 and has served congregations in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia ever since. Grambo and his wife, Noreen currently reside near Vancouver, B.C. where he recently retired after 33 years and says he thoroughly enjoys devoting his time to serving God with his gift of music.
Music, especially country or gospel, was a large part of Grambo’s life. By the time he was five years old he began singing in public and during his teenage years, he expanded his musical talent by teaching himself how to play guitar. With the support of his first Lutheran congregations in Saskatchewan, Ken traveled to Nashville, Tennessee to record his first album titled “Have Thine Own Way Lord” in 1997 and by 1995 he had recorded and released five more albums. He wasn’t the only Gumbo to find success in the country music industry, as his nephews are country-recording artists Curtis and Marty Grambo.
In recent years, five additional country albums titled “”With my Shepherd in the Valley”, “Christmas Comes From Heaven,” “Ken Grambo By Request”, “Water from the Well” and “Sing Me Home” were produced in Canada. The album “Water From the Well” was recorded on a ranch in 2005 with the award winning Rawling Brothers Band who put on a performance that was enjoyed by many in Ponoka in November and “Sing me Home” – an album that includes vocals from his talented nephews previously mentioned, came out in 2009. The multi-talented Grambo, who is also a longstanding member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) and a recent member of the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA), also produces and markets his albums.
Grambo’s concerts are known to include light-hearted songs, stories and jokes about Norwegian life, pastors and church life, seniors and aging and his own personal life.
Grambo even recorded a comedy album titled “The Funniest Thing” and based on popular demand, hopes to record another one soon. If this intriguing performance is of interest, make sure to check it out. A free will offering will be taken to help cover expenses.
For more information call 403-783-2524.