There is nothing like sibling vocal harmony! Every generation has enjoyed groups that achieved popularity because they were family. Sometimes it was because of the drama associated with their siblings, but for the most part it was because of the blend of their voices. Let me name a few for you: The Andrew’s Sisters, Allman Brothers, Bee Gee’s, Jackson’s, Everly Brothers, Carpenters, Judds, Jonas Brothers, Mills Brothers, Neville Brothers, Osmonds, Pointer Sisters and the Smothers Brothers…there are lots more but I’m sure you get the point.
I’ve become friend with John Rees, affectionately known as “Papa Angelus.” He is a very likeable guy that takes the job of managing his family of musicians seriously and pours himself into them. Sacrificing much, he is always working to try and help them achieve the next level musically and as a family. Their family values are admirable and they seem to have a lot of fun doing what they do best, making great music! Their love for each other and the Lord is evident the more time you spend with them. L’Angelus is a dynamic high energy four piece band, featuring Katie, 27, Paige, 26, Johnny, 24, and Stephen, 22.
L’Angelus Family backing up a CD intro artist for Curb Records
John invited me to come hear them at this event last week. I thought it might be a great opportunity to try out the new Fuji 55-200 zoom lens. It was a great idea but the venue was very challenging for photography. As with many smaller, more intimate clubs here, the lighting is not that good. My friend Terry Wyatt photographs all the huge, high profile, beautifully lit stages. I tend to end up in smaller clubs that have a great feel to them, but probably don’t have $5,000.00 total invested in their lighting plus they don’t employ a full time tech to run them. So, you get what you get and you press on. Slow shutter speeds, high ISO’s and wide open, pray for the best and try to time it at the “peak” of action. This was my first concert shoot with this lens, and it performed better than I thought it might. Fuji continues to release firmware updates improving focus issues and other glitches, just another reason I am so happy with my transition to mirrorless cameras, specifically the Fuji X line.
Stephen Rees working his fiddle
I have to tell you that I pretty much enjoy all kinds of music when it’s done well, and these folks do it better than well! Plus, they are some of the sweetest and most humble people you will ever meet. It is no secret that in music you have to “pay your dues” and this family has done it and continues to do it. But, don’t be surprised one day when you discover them as some “overnight sensation.” Know that they have been working at this for a long time and they are overdue for the recognition they will eventually receive. Personally, I don’t think it will happen to nicer group of people. If you would like to find out more about L’Angelus, you can visit their website here. Hopefully L’Angelus will one day be added to the list of great family bands.