The Heavenly Light Quartet is dedicated to digging up the roots of Soul and RnB music, reviving in detail and in spirit the Black Gospel acappella music of the male gospel quartet during the so-called ‘Golden Age of Gospel’ (1940-1960).
Back in 1996 Tony Backhouse formed the group to explore the intricate, rhythmic and fiery songs by the classic great Gospel Quartet groups – the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Swan Silvertones, the Spirit of Memphis Quartet, the Soul Stirrers, the Golden Gate Quartet and others. Since then they have performed at loads of major Arts, Music, Jazz, Blues, Folk, World Music, Sacred Music and Acappella events in Australia, Spain and France and recorded with Renee Geyer, Tim Finn and Harry Manx.
The line up is unchanged since 1996 : Tony Backhouse, Ron Maxwell Jones, William Selwyn ans Stuart Davis.
“glorious harmonies, passionate leads and bring-down-the-house rhythms”
“brilliantly and passionately executed … tenors who can blast like trumpets
and float up into a heavenly falsetto”
The Sydney Morning Herald