Canada's Double Portion from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada is a unique group in many ways. This 5 piece gospel band is made up of entirely one family! Parents Duncan & Debbie Hemmerling have just welcomed their 10th child onto the bus, evening the count at 5 boys and 5 girls. Juggling homework and musical instruments is a daily routine for the Hemmerling children. They trade in riding the school bus for riding across the country in Canada's Double Portion tour bus for almost half the year.
2012 marks the 30th year of ministry for this veteran group. Originating with Duncan and his three sisters, Canada's Double Portion has crisscrossed the continent from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Georgia to Alaska. Three decades of travels have provided unique experiences like singing on the Grand Ole' Opry stage, backing up Johnny & June Cash at a Cash/Rivers family reunion and performing with many of gospel music's premier groups at North America's largest events. However experience has taught this family that the smaller things in life are often the most rewarding!
Abundant songwriting talent has resulted in seventeen albums, three recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and several concert DVDs. They have received numerous award nominations in both the Saskatchewan Country Music Association and the Gospel Music Association Canada (GMA Canada). They have been honored with the Country Gospel Song of the Year, Album of The Year, Live Band of the Year and Southern Gospel Song of the Year Awards. Even more rewarding has been meeting and sharing with people in unique places like Little Heart's Ease, Love, Porcupine, Elbow, Stand Off, Goobies and Whitehorse!
CANADAS DOUBLE PORTION'S strong family ties and deep faith in the Lord has sustained and motivated them to bring their music to people everywhere. They count it a privilege to minister in any setting.