Tony Prophet, a country musician and son of the legendary Ronnie Prophet has moved to Iroquois Falls and is playing in venues including Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Iroquois Falls. He is currently producing a recording project to be launched in the new year. Tony Prophet, right, is seen here performing with musician and songwriter Lee Holmes at the White Eagle Polish Hall in Kirkland Lake.
XAVIER KATAQUAPIT/For The Daily Press
Tony Prophet and Lee Holmes have reunited after many years to form a music band and they are currently working on a recording project. Prophet the son of legendary artist the late Ronnie Prophet, a member of the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame, recently moved to Northern Ontario with his wife Kitty from Vancouver.
“We struggled with where we were going to move after Kitty retired from her career position as an executive with the library service in the city and I was apprehensive about giving up the music scene I had developed over many years. We had really enjoyed our summer trips to visit an old friend Lee Holmes and his wife Alana Pierini in Iroquois Falls and Lake Sesekinika near Kirkland Lake. We opted for downsizing from our home in the city to the serenity of small town Ontario,” explained Prophet.
Currently Prophet is working with Holmes and producing a recording project, as well as developing a performance schedule that will include local entertainment venues as well as festivals and concerts. Over the past few months they have performed in Iroquois Falls, Kirkland Lake and Timmins.
“We plan on launching a recording project in the new year with launch parties in Kirkland Lake, Timmins and Iroquois Falls to start with. It is great to be playing again with Lee who is an accomplished bass player and songwriter,” said Prophet.
He was born in Montreal and raised in Nashville then followed into his father’s footsteps and a music career that took him on tours across Canada.
As a recording artist, Prophet recorded a self-titled album, released on the Vera Cruz Records label in 1981. The album was produced at Edmonton’s Sundown Recorders Studio by his dad Ronnie. Four nationally charted singles were pulled from the album, including the debut release “Kentucky Serenade” which gave Tony Prophet his highest charting single at number seven on the RPM Charts in 1982. A follow-up single, “Kentucky Gold” charted at number 43 in 1982; while “Horses Scare The Hell Out Of Me” was a number 22 hit on the charts in 1983. A fourth single, “O.K. City Blues”, was released on the Prophet Records label in 1983, scoring a 48 spot on the RPM Charts that year.
Tony Prophet’s entry on the national music scene in Canada earned him a nomination as “Most Promising Male Vocalist” in the 1980 British Columbia Country Music Awards (BCCMA), and his “Tony Prophet” album was named BCCMA’s Album Of The Year in 1982. After touring across Canada in 1979 as part of his father’s stage show, Tony Prophet settled in Vancouver.
“Life on the road as a famous musician’s son from my childhood and then as a musician myself was not easy. I enjoyed playing music with my dad and on my own but when I decided on having a family I had to make a very big decision. I knew that I could not continue with my career and still be there for my children so I stepped back from the spotlight and a busy career to be the best husband and father I could be,” explained Prophet.
His efforts and those of his wife Kitty’s were rewarded as their two boys, Justin in Taipei, Taiwan and Joey in London, England, have finished school and have successful careers.
“Now at this point I have the best of both worlds as Kitty and I are grandparents and I am breathing new life into my my work as a musician,” commented Prophet.