Music For Everyone Presents The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson The Showcase w/ Hannah Bingman w/ Sweetlife
The Showcase is back!
April 13, 2016 · 7:30pm
The Showcase w/ Stephen Patterson featuring Hannah Bingman
Tellus 360 and Music For Everyone are preparing to launch Showcase 2016, season three of the popular singer-songwriter series curated by local songwriter Stephen Patterson.
The 2015 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. Mindy Nolt walked away with 2015’s top honors and the $800 Grand Prize.
Throughout the year we will present 9 new headliners who will compete for a spot in the Grand Finale in October. Shows are in The Temple at 7:30 PM, 3rd Wednesday of each month.”
Our March featured artist is Hannah Bingman. The opener for this evening is Sweet Life.
Don’t think of Hannah Bingman’s music in terms of genre, in terms of folk. Think instead of the test pilot trading steel for aluminum, metal bolts for plastic, swivel seats for bean bag chairs — everything unnecessary pared back or discarded in the name of flight.
Since she first peered from behind a too-big acoustic guitar, Bingman has taught herself to strip away everything other than the soul-baring, leaving listeners with only this: Herself. It’s a sound distilled and clarified like mountain melt running down a stream, but at no times is it precious or pretentious.
Even at its most gut-checking, her music is affected with a kind of effortlessness. Don’t be fooled by this. Bingman has worked for every inch of altitude in the sky she’s come to call her own. In that sky, the one she colors with the blues of isolation and bright greens and purples of self discovery, earthy understanding — not loftiness — is king. Her music, her voice, sparkle without adornment, her songs project a wisdom miles beyond her years. And if you see her rising up against the horizon, know it’s not the jet fuel of rock star dreams she’s burning. Hers is the rare helium mix of talent and awareness.
– Damian Gessel
MATT & CAROL are married best-friends entertaining and touching lives with a guitar and two voices for over 25 years.
Since the late 1980s, their music has carried audiences through laughter and tears, telling stories and moving them closer to the ones they love. Carol’s voice calls the listener back to the days of Amy Grant, Karen Carpenter and Patsy Cline, while Matt’s guitar provides a musical foundation built on layers of country, folk, and jazz. Smooth, sparkling harmonies mix with powerful emotion to breathe new life into modern hits, traditional standards, hymns, and their own heart-warming songs celebrating real life and real love.
They’ve appeared in concert from New Jersey to Nashville and shared stages with americana group The Black Lilies,
Nashville country singer Buck McCoy, cigarbox guitar bluesmen Shane Speal & Glenn Kaiser, and radio personality/comedian Earl David Reed.
They’ve performed for the Susquehanna Folk Music Society and the York Fair, on Fox 43’s Music Monday,
CBS 21’s Morning News, FM90.3 WJTL, AM730 WEEU, and appeared in print and online at Lancaster County Woman magazine, the York Daily Record, and more.
They average 300+ events each year at all types of venues and events, including YorkFest Fine Arts Festival,
Ocean Grove (New Jersey) Concert Series, National Day of Prayer events, ORVIS Stores (Virginia) grand opening,
chapel services for the National Street Rod Association, and fundraisers for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Bridge Of Hope Ministries, and many more.
“Our love started in music,” Matt says, “We’ve played together as friends since 1988 and as husband/wife since 1993. Sometimes it was hard and it looked like we wouldn’t make it, but we weren’t quitting. As we revealed ourselves to God and each other, He healed us and brought us into the SweetLife; hence the name. And we’re still best friends after all these years.” Carol agrees, “Music’s a huge part of our marriage, and that relationship is the foundation for our songs.“
With four CD recordings & 500 song credits (one award-winning) between them, they’re still writing their own love story and creating “snapshots” of important events. Their song, “This Day” was played during their daughter’s wedding in 2011, and granddaughter Haley started hearing their lullaby “Angel Mine” even before her birth in 2013.
Their latest CD release “ONE SUNDAY MORNING” welcomes everyone to a lively, vibrant church service, then sends us out singing. It features songs inspired by the many life-changing times spent with friends on Sunday mornings.
They serve on the board and regularly lead worship at New Path Community Church in Mt. Joy, PA.