Living Stone, a contemporary Christian band now based in Nevada, is coming to the Northwest in July.
The group began in the Twin Cities Minnesota area in 1997. In July of 2004 the band released their first album Spirit Whisper, followed, by Another Shade of Blue in 2010 and most recently Purpose of My Days in 2015.
Lead vocalist Evangeline Jackson is a member of the Prairie Island Indian community, a Dakota tribe located near Red Wing, Minn. She grew up on the Fort Traverse reservation near Sisseton, S.D. She began singing at the age of four, performing gospel music with her family. In 1986 she married Randy Jackson, a member of the Whitefish Lake First Nation, a Cree tribe in Alberta.
Both performed with the group SonRise, one of the first Aboriginal groups to perform all original Christian music. Sonrise toured North America until 1995.
The music of Living Stone involves a wide range of influences, but their style is not easily described. With guitar-driven songs and lyrics reflecting their faith, their music is well received by listeners of all ages.
Lead vocalist/bass player Evangeline Jackson and guitarist/vocalist Randy Jackson have been involved in Christian music in various contexts for the majority of their lives. Currently the group tours as a three-piece with guitar, bass and drums. Their music is almost all original songs written by Randy Jackson.
Their latest album, Purpose of My Days, is available on their website at www.livingstone.band. Current posts and tour information can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/livingstone70X7.
Shows in the Northwest are: Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at Glen Keskotagen Memorial Hall, Red Pheasant Cree Nation ; Friday, July 20 at 6 p.m. at Moosomin Band Hall, Moosomin First Nation ; Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Territorial Drive Alliance Church, North Battleford and Sunday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at Sweetgrass Band Hall, Sweetgrass First Nation.