Alberta RCMP officer and Edmonton police constable earn Juno nomination for gospel album


Nation gospel band Stirling John has acquired a Juno Award nomination for the unbiased album The place I’m Meant to Be.

John, the lead singer-songwriter, is an Alberta RCMP officer. Guitarist and backup singer David Pedersen is a constable and college useful resource officer with the Edmonton Police Service.

“I really feel humbled and I’m honored to be nominated within the Juno class,” John stated of the nod for Up to date Christian/Gospel Album of the Yr.

“I believe it’s an incredible alternative to guide by instance in our communities and actually present our youth that you probably have a aim in thoughts, you may go for it, and other people assist you.”

“It’s undoubtedly a sense of pleasure and pleasure,” Pedersen added. “It’s cool to be acknowledged in that method. It looks like an enormous privilege.”

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John and Pedersen related by way of an advert on Kijiji in 2017 and met for the primary time quickly after at a Tim Hortons.

“I used to be in search of singer-songwriter, someone who form of aligned with my values,” John stated, “and the remaining was historical past.”

Stirling John is nominated for a Juno Award.

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John stated he and Pedersen shortly discovered they’d lots in widespread.

“He was like: ‘What’s your schedule like?’ We talked about four-on, four-off shift schedules. He stated: ‘Are you police, hearth or EMS?’”

Pedersen defined: “It seems we had been each working evening shift as law enforcement officials on neighbouring districts.”

“The extra that we join, the extra that we journey by, it undoubtedly looks as if it was meant to be.”

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Their shared experiences as first responders evokes lots of their songs.

“There was a track that was initially written years again referred to as Weight of the Name and it was actually a debriefing second for me,” John stated.

“To put in writing to the seriousness of the decision but in addition the way it affected myself and in addition the opposite first responders. Weight of the Name actually grew to become an anthem for lots of law enforcement officials that couldn’t actually communicate what was on their thoughts and the way the job affected them.”

The track resonated with a number of different first responders. Actually, the band was invited to carry out at a police division opening in Texas.

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Pederson is a college useful resource officer who splits his time between H.E. Beriault and St. Thomas Extra Catholic faculties.

“Numerous the songs are impressed by interactions I’ve had with younger individuals,” Pedersen stated.

“I simply need them to get the message that hey, issues might be exhausting however there’s hope, there’s second possibilities, there’s getting your self up, dusting your self off, and transfer ahead.”

And, if juggling his work as a police officer and Juno-nominated musician isn’t sufficient, Pedersen can also be a father to 4 daughters.

“It may be a problem. There’s a number of occasions you get double booked… however the individuals round me are actually supportive. My spouse could be very supportive,” he stated. “It’s full. It’s busy, but it surely’s good,” he stated.

“It will get you up each morning. It will get you excited to get off the bed and reside life if you’re residing issues which are purposeful, significant and a part of your ardour.”

Stirling John carried out at H.E. Beriault’s college expertise present on Friday earlier than flying to Halifax this weekend for the Junos.

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