The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Jessica Smucker with Stephen Patterson
The Showcase: singer-song writer competition
September 20, 2017 · 8:30pm
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The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Jessica Smucker with Steven Patterson
Tellus 360 and Music For Everyone are preparing to launch Showcase 2017, season five of the popular singer-songwriter series curated by local songwriter Stephen Patterson.
The 2016 season concluded in October with the sold-out Grand Finale show in which 4 artists from the previous 9 shows each had 15 minutes to convince the audience to give them their vote for Singer-Songwriter of the Year.
On January 18th we will present the first of 9 new headliners who will compete for a spot in the Grand Finale on October 18th. Shows are in The An Sibin at 7:30 PM, 3rd Wednesday of each month.”
Our September featured artist is Jessica Smucker with opener Stephen Patterson
Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her – a deeper, yet more effortless place.
Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first – and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience her voice as a sincere and captivating embrace – the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.
Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest ‘s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds.
Jessica recently released her second full-length album, Tumbling After.
Steve Patterson first picked up the guitar while in high school because he was convinced it would get him a girlfriend and maybe to third base. It didn’t. But he found that he liked anyway it and kept at it. He was initially influenced by the folk artists of the early ‘60s. In college, his interest expanded to include blues, rock, folk rock, and jazz — none of which he has mastered, but all of which he still dabbles in. He has been writing music and lyrics for too many years, much of which is about old girlfriends and way too embarrassing to let out of the file cabinet. Nowadays he writes, reluctantly, about the joys of getting old. He says that his good stuff comes from listening to the great writers, from Cole Porter to Paul Simon, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, from Tom Paxton to John Prine … you get the idea. Steve has two CDs out and both of them are really, really good and are available on iTunes, CD Baby, and Soundcloud.