David Jackson, the manager and bass singer for the Chapelaires, started the group in 1968. Originally the group was a male quartet but many individuals have ministered with David over the years. Throughout the years the main purpose of the Chapelaires has been to introduce people to their Saviour, Jesus, and to encourage Christians who have become discouraged as they walk through storms and valleys in their lives. The message of their songs always focuses on the fact that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and through Him we can find Forgiveness, Hope and Strength for whatever we face in this life.
The Chapelaires sing primarily in concerts at churches, parks and campgrounds in Southwestern Ontario, and occasionally in Michigan. They have appeared on 100 Huntley Street, sang on two Caribbean cruises with Abraham Productions, sang in Red Deer at the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration and Praisefest in Niagara Falls.
They released their 16th CD in May 2013
Over the years the Chapelaires have ministered with many special Canadian friends such as Kingsway Quartet, The Torchmen, The Heading Home Trio, Mercy, The Mudde Family,Hilltop Vocal Band The Watchmen and many others. They have also had the privilege of singing with American friends such as the Whisnants, The Hoppers, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet, Ivan Parker, Jeff and Sheri Easter, and the Talleys
Phil grew up in Stouffville Ontario. He has been listening to southern gospel music for as long as he can remember. While attending Springvale Baptist Church, Phil’s youth Pastor discovered his ability and encouraged an already strong desire in Phil to sing. Phil sang with a group called Triumphant Sound as well as a group from his home church called the Springvale Boys.
In 2010, at the Steve Hurst School of Music, Phil gave his life and Christ. 1 year later, Phil moved to Kitchener so that he could study sound engineering in a Bachelor of Church Music degree at Heritage Bible College. Phil joined the Chapelaires in 2014, and has been their lead singer for the past 5 years.
Myrna Myrna is originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is from a very musical family, and remembers singing with her sister Carol even when they were very young. At the age of nine, Myrna joined her sister and cousin in their first group. They sang together for a couple of years, before joining Bob White, also from Halifax, to form “The Singing Canadians”. Their enthusiasm for the Lord and their love of music, launched them into full time ministry. They traveled extensively across Canada and The United States for thirteen years.
The group disbanded after the death of Bob White, but her music ministry continued with various groups including the Viscounts, Promise, Dove and Company and back to The Singing Canadians to travel full time for another six years. Myrna married Dave Hand in 1988 and they have two beautiful daughters. In September 2004 Myrna joined the Chapelaires and continues to bless people everywhere with her beautiful voice and sweet spirit. Her love for the Lord is evident to everyone who meets her. Myrna works full time for Compassion Canada and also enjoys decorating and teaching vocal theory..
Sheila Jackson originally from Rodney, Ontario married David Jackson in 1974 and has been singing with him in the Chapelaires since that time. Her first booking with the group was at their wedding reception.
Sheila accepted the Lord as her Saviour at the age of eleven and since that time she says the Lord has been her faithful Saviour and Friend.
In addition to singing, Sheila enjoys teaching children and spending time with family. She leads the weekly hymn sing at Parkwood Hospital in London. Sheila’s family has provided music for the Parkwood Hospital hymn sing for over forty years. Sheila also teaches the Bible lessons every summer at the Rodney Vacation Bible School that is sponsored by the Rodney Community Christian Mission. Sheila took an early retirement from her work as an Administrative Manager with the Federal Government and now enjoys singing and speaking for ladies groups throughout Ontario.
David Jackson is from London, Ontario. With the encouragement of his uncle, he started the Chapelaires quartet in 1968 as a male quartet. David was joined by his sister Cathy who played piano for the group for over ten years. David has continued to sing bass for the quartet since that time. He started attending all night sings at Massey Hall in Toronto, as a teenager, and his love for Southern Gospel Music has continued through the year.
David accepted the Lord as his Saviour, at the age of eight, after attending Bible Club at Hamilton Road Gospel Chapel in London. He spent all his teenage years at Forest Cliff Camp where his Mom and Dad were directors. He continues to help out at Forest Cliff with building projects when time permits.
David is a semi-retired electrician and works mainly in the London, and St. Thomas area. David is happiest when he is singing but also enjoys sports such as stock car racing, hockey and baseball (from the bleachers).