Dave Jackson the Manager and Bass Singer for the Chapelaires started the group in 1968 as a Male Quartet. Through the years many individuals have ministered with Dave in the group. Today the group members are Phil Pugh, singing lead, Myrna Hand, Soprano, Sheila Jackson, Alto, Dave Jackson, Bass and David Hand, Audio, Visual Technician.
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 the storms and the valleys of life. The message of their songs always focus 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 life.
The Chapelaires sing primarily at concerts in churches, parks and campgrounds in Ontario and occasionally in Michigan. They are well known for their Christmas in the Country productions. They have appeared on 100 Huntley Street, sang on six Caribbean cruises, the Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer and Praisefest in Niagara Falls.
Over the years the Chapelaires have enjoyed singing with many of their Canadian friends as well as many American friends such as the Whisnants, The Hoppers, Karen Peck and New River, Tribute Quartet, Ivan Parker, The Talleys, the Easters and Brian Free and Assurance.
In 2018 they released their 19th Recording Project, Tapestry of Hope. To God be the Glory, Great things He has done!
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).