Coast-based singer-songwriter Lisa Fenstermacher
continues to hone her musical talent and skill. Her
attendance at the Berklee College of Music's Five Week
Intensive Performance Summer Seminar set in motion a
stronger commitment and vision as a performing artist,
resulting in "Pivot" -- ten original songs and a new
arrangement of the hymn "Near the Cross." The CD was
produced by Michael Sauri (Fighting Gravity, Cinema 8)
and is her third studio recording released on her own indie label.
At the 25th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest,
Lisa and co-writer Michael Sauri were presented with the Silver Award
for their song "Peace" on the Pivot CD. Two other songs from the same release received
Honorable Mention. The “Pivot” CD was nominated for a WAMMIE award
by the Washington Area Music Association.
Lisa has built a solid foundation throughout the
Mid-Atlantic area for her commitment and dedication to
partnering with many non-profit and faith-based
organizations, putting her music to work at numerous
benefit concerts and outreach events. It is this
awareness of social issues such as poverty and AIDS
(along with the plight of orphaned children in Africa
and Guatemala) that has informed her songwriting and
music. "Pivot" became the canvas for
songs that reflect the human experience with all the
struggles, hopes and faith we each carry in our heart.
Whether accompanying herself on her Taylor
acoustic guitar or with her band, Lisa's music crosses over
generational, ethnic and denominational lines while a
powerful combination of faith, grace and persistence
continues to open doors and direct her steps. Music
industry consultant David Bunker observed that Lisa's
vocals are "reminiscent of Amy Grant" and likened her to
"a female Rich Mullins" because of her authenticity and
transparent way of communicating.
"When I started writing songs for my first CD, 'A
Promise for Tomorrow', I never dreamed of all of the
settings where my songs would be shared," Lisa says. ("A
Promise for Tomorrow" was produced by Paul Langford,
former keyboardist for the Dove Award-nominated group
Lisa has performed at hundreds of events over the past
ten years and has opened for the Dove Award-winning
group Selah and received two WAMMIE nominations from the
Washington Area Music Association for Best Female
Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist. She also placed as a
semi-finalist at the international Christian Artists
Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. Her song "Journey of
Grace" from her EP "Glimpses" (which was also produced
by Sauri) appeared on a compilation CD whose proceeds
benefitted Compassion International. The disc
included such notables as Randy Stonehill and Phil
Keaggy. Songs from "Glimpses" have
reached across the globe to England, Australia and Japan
and aired on local and college radio.
Silver Award and
two Honorable Mentions at 25th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest.
Estes Park Christian Artists International Competition.
Two time Washington
Area WAMMIE nominee for Best Gospel/Inspirational Vocalist.
"Pivot" CD nominated for WAMMIE for
Best Gospel/Inspirational CD.
Hershey (PA) Park Christian Day
- National Day of Prayer
rallies on the capitol steps in Annapolis MD
Association of Washington, where she led two seminars on Faith,
Music and Artistry and was a planner, seminar leader, and
performer for "The Spirit in Music" songwriting symposium.
Watchman on the
Walls -- Several benefit concerts for this ministry, in
support of her friend Myra Smith, a missionary to Guatemala.
City festivals and events
such as the Apple Blossom Festival, Laurel Main Street Fair, Perry Hall Town Festival and
First Night Talbot in Maryland; the Piedmont Peach Festival and Hokie Spirit Tribute Concert
in Virginia; Artomatic and the Fete De La Musique in Washington DC.
Other venues and events, including hospitals,
nursing homes, men's prison, churches, weddings, coffeehouses, parks, retreats, singles groups,
special services, benefit concerts for parachurch ministries, outreaches,
healing services, campus ministry and events on several ships.
has shared the stage with:
(International acapella group)
has opened for:
Grammy and Dove Award winners Selah
Father Joe Breighner
(priest and WOLC radio personality)
Lisa's schedule has
taken her to:
Radio and TV events:
CDs (Lisa has received
requests for her CDs from Great Britain, Japan and Australia):
A Promise for
Tomorrow -- produced by former GLAD keyboard / vocalist Paul
Langford. (In 1998, the title song from this CD, "It's
Time," was featured by International Christian Aerobics Ministry Body and
Soul Aerobics for their "One Heart at a Time" fall session.)
Glimpses -- produced
by former Fighting Gravity guitarist Michael Sauri.
PIVOT -- produced by
CMC MusicFest 2003
-- Compilation CD
Continues to lead worship for prayer groups, bible
study meetings, and served as Praise and Worship
Leader (June & August, 2008) for
International Outreach Ministries Anniversary
Dinner. Jamii is dedicated to the children who
are orphaned in Kenya.
Served as Worship Leader
for Ephesians Life Ministries with her husband Paul for 7 and a half
years, 1992 - 1999.