Grace Lyons

Grace Carter-Henry Lyons

Founder / Musical Director, Heritage Singers, Toronto, ON. Born: Kingston, Jamaica.

Grace Lyons is the Founder and Musical Director of the Heritage Singers, a group founded in 1977. The group aims to promote the development of Caribbean folk music and theatre; use folk singing and dance as tools to bridge cultural gaps internationally; enhance, ethnic, historic and social traditions; and to share that heritage with the larger community.

Since its inception, the group has performed in Jamaica, the U.S., Netherlands, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico and Venezuela; produced recordings and videos; and been the subject of a CBC documentary. Partial proceeds from their performances have been donated to Ronald McDonald House, The Daily Bread Food Bank, Jamaican Community Association, Save the Children Canada and others.

Other: Grace has worked in the real estate industry for over 20 years and has received many awards marking her success; since 1997 she has achieved sales in the top 3% in Ontario.

Honours: Pacesetter Award presented by P.A.C.E (Canada), in recognition her dedicated service over the years to the advancement of early childhod education in Jamaica and Canada; Harry Jerome Award, Business (2002); Medal of Appreciation from the Prime Minister of Jamaica (2002); Woman of Excellence Award, Congress of Black Women, (2000). In real estate: Emerald Award (1999, 1997); Professionalism award, HomeLife Canada (1995); Gold Award Member (since 1988).

Education: Institute of Canadian Bankers, University of Toronto; Trinity School of Music; Royal School of Music; Ontario Real Estate Association.

Favourite book? My favourite book is the Bible because it has every concept, story, lesson, advice, and experience, and whatever you read is still current – though it was written long ago.

Favourite quotes? “Life is a journey to be enjoyed and not a sentence to be served.”  2) “Success is when one works honestly and diligently and then some will call us lucky”.

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Given the chance, I would love to climb the Blue Mountain in Jamaca. Visit Egypt to see the Pyramids. Visit the Holy Land.
Who inspires you? Tina Turner inspires me based on the fact that she always seemed to overcome adversity, yet remain vibrant and healthy looking. As a single woman, I can identify with her life’s journey.
Why do you do what you do? I love people and dearly love to see others acheive their financial goals. I know that the involvement with the preservation of ones folklore and culture will give them a sense of belonging , pride and confidence.

Contact: The Lyon | Heritage Singers