Exploring the intricate, rhythmic and fiery songs by the great

Gospel Quartet groups of the Golden Era of Gospel such as the

Dixie Hummingbirds, the Swan Silvertones, the Spirit of Memphis Quartet, the Soul Stirrers and the Golden Gate Quartet.  



The group was formed by Tony Backhouse - a dedicated scholar in this artform - who studied and performed with Black Gospel quartets and choirs in the US for many years, as well as starting the (now legendary) Cafe of The Gate of Salvation choir.

The Heavenly Light Quartet have performed at many major Arts, Music, Jazz, Blues, Folk, World Music, Sacred Music festivals across Australia and in Europe.  The group has also conducted many workshops and masterclasses, and recorded &/or performed with Tim Finn, Margaret Urlich, Vince Jones, Renee Geyer, Harry Manx and many others.

“glorious harmonies, passionate leads and

bring-down-the-house rhythms”  

- Rhythms Magazine -

"brilliantly and passionately executed … 

tenors who can blast like trumpets and float up

into a heavenly falsetto” 

 - Sydney Morning Herald -

Festival appearances

WOMADelaide World Music Festival

Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Port Fairy & Apollo Bay Folk Festivals

Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Fremantle Arts Festivals

Brisbane Biennial Music Fesival

Brisbane Sacred Music Festival

Goulburn Blues Festival

Wangaratta & Manly Jazz Festivals

Sydney & Melbourne Acappella Festivals

Jazz a Roses (Spain)

Souillac Jazz Festival (France)

Escaray Jazz Festival (Spain)

Contact : 

Stuart Davis

Ph : +61 403 869 405  or  +61 2 9665 8054

email : singup@optusnet.com.au