Lisa Fenstermacher

Lisa Fenstermacher

 Gambrills, Maryland, USA
BandChristianRock

An irresistable force of emotion and clarity!

Biography

With three studio recordings, the latest titled "Pivot", all released on her own indie label, East Coast based singer-songwriter Lisa Fenstermacher continues to hone her musical talent and skill with perception, awareness and depth. Lisa's song "Peace", co-written with producer Michael Sauri (Fighting Gravity, Cinema 8), won a Silver Award at the 25th Annual Mid Atlantic Song Contest, and two other songs from "Pivot" received Honorable Mention out of over 900 entries from around the world. The “Pivot” CD was nominated for a WAMMIE award by the Washington Area Music Association.

Often accompanying herself on her Taylor 6 string acoustic guitar (and more recently with her Paul Reed Smith electric guitar), Lisa's style and music crosses over generational, 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 Lisa to "a female Rich Mullins" because of her authenticity and transparent way of communicating.

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. This background with the social issues of poverty, AIDS, and the plight of orphaned children in Africa and Guatemala informs her songwriting and music. Because her music has been used in these contexts, Lisa's songwriting on her most recent release "Pivot" was the canvas for songs that reflect the human experience with all the struggles, hopes and faith we each carry in our heart.

Lisa states, "When I started writing songs for my first CD 'A Promise for Tomorrow'", produced by Paul Langford, former keyboardist for Dove Award-nominated group Glad, "I never dreamed of all the settings where my songs would be shared."

Lisa has opened for the Dove Award-winning group Selah. She received two WAMMIE nominations from the Washington Area Music Association for Best Female Gospel / Inspirational Vocalist, and placed as a semi-finalist at the international Christian Artists Seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. She recently shared the stage with international acapella Gospel vocal group "Reverb" for a fundraiser for a Cold Weather shelter.

Her song "Journey of Grace" from her EP "Glimpses", produced by Michael Sauri, appeared on a compilation CD with other artists including Randy Stonehill and Phil Keaggy to raise money for Compassion International. Songs from "Glimpses" have reached across the globe to England, Australia and Japan and aired on local and college radio.

Not shy to tackle new musical territory, Lisa attended Berklee College of Music's Five Week Intensive Performance Summer Seminar. The time at Berklee set in motion a stronger commitment and vision as a performing artist, and set the stage for her third and most recent release "Pivot" - 10 original songs and a new arrangement of the hymn "Near the Cross".

Lisa is active in the Songwriters' 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.

Lisa has also performed at 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.

Lisa’s musical roots include Joni Mitchell, whom Lisa met at Caribou Ranch recording studio in Nederland, Colorado; Bonnie Raitt; Ashley Cleveland, a long-time favorite; Amy Grant; Lennon and McCartney, the Allman Brothers band, Billy Joel, Santana and Little Feat; songwriter development through seminars and coursework with Pat Pattison.

Lyrics

BEYOND THE LONELY

Written By: Lisa M. Fenstermacher and Michael J. Sauri Copyright © 2002 Abundant Springs Inc. Admin. by Marioa

SOMETIMES I'VE WALKED ALONE
NO PLACE TO CALL MY OWN
TILL YOU SHOWED ME A WAY TO SEE
BEYOND ALL THE LONELY
NOW SOUL TO SOUL WE STAND
READY TO BRAVE THIS NEW LAND
HEART TO HEART WE'LL FIND A WAY
TO LIVE BEYOND THE LONELY

BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB
BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE DREAMS FOR YOU TO FIND
BEYOND THE LONELY
TOGETHER WE WILL FIND
A WAY BEYOND THE LONELY

TO YOU BELONGS THIS DAY
TO YOU BELONGS MY PRAISE
I'LL LIFT MY VOICE UP TO THE SKY
LET IT SOAR ABOVE THE LONELY
I AM NOT ALONE
MY HEART WILL BE YOUR HOME,
YOU ARE THE LIGHT, HELPIN' ME TO SEE
WAY BEYOND THE LONELY

BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB
BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE DREAMS FOR YOU TO FIND
BEYOND THE LONELY
TOGETHER WE WILL FIND
A WAY BEYOND THE LONELY

BEYOND THE LONELY
BEYOND THE LONELY
BEYOND THE LONELY
BEYOND THE LONELY

TO YOU I SING MY SONG
YOU HELP ME TO BE STRONG
TO SEE, TO DREAM, TO LAUGH, TO CRY
WAY BEYOND THE LONELY

BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB
BEYOND THE LONELY
THERE ARE DREAMS FOR YOU TO FIND
BEYOND THE LONELY
TOGETHER WE WILL FIND
A WAY BEYOND
A WAY BEYOND
A WAY BEYOND THE LONELY

DANDELION WISHES

Written By: Lisa M. Fenstermacher and Michael J. Sauri Copyright © 2006 Abundant Springs Inc. Admin. by Marioa

I PICK YOU OUT
AND PULL YOU FROM YOUR STEM
I LOOK UP AND DOWN AND TAKE A BIG BREATH IN
I CLOSE MY EYES TO GIVE THIS WISH A TRY
AND BLOW OUT TINY PUFFS ACROSS A MOONLIT SKY

AND THE EVENINGS PASS
WHILE I’M WAITING FOR YOU
‘CAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

EVERY BIRTHDAY
I HOPE FOR SOMETHING NEW
SMOKING CANDLES ASK ME WHERE I FIND
THE PROOF
TO BELIEVE AND ACT WHEN I CAN’T SEE
LETTING GO OF ME
WHILE FAITH IS GATHERING SPEED

AND THE EVENINGS PASS
WHILE I’M WAITING FOR YOU
‘CAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

AND THE EVENINGS PASS
WHILE I’M WAITING FOR YOU
‘CAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

AND THE EVENINGS PASS
WHILE I’M WAITING FOR YOU
‘CAUSE I KNOW YOUR MERCIES
WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

DANDELION WISHES...

STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND

Written By: Lisa M. Fenstermacher and Michael J. Sauri Copyright © 2005 Abundant Springs Inc. Admin. by Marioa

TRYING TO THINK PAST TEARS
HARD TO KEEP PACE
MOVIN' ON DOWN STREETS
HEARTS IN A MAZE
DREAMS LIE SLUMBERING
ICE ON THE LINE
DARKNESS LINGERS
WAITING FOR THE DAWN

CRIMSON RUNNING OFF GOD’S CANVAS
DOWN DOWN DOWN
MUSIC STREAMING,
STONE COLD TOMB
HOPE TO BE FOUND
LOVE’S BRILLIANT GLIMMER
GOLD TO CARRY ‘ROUND
AND IT’S ALL I CAN DO,
ALL I CAN DO
TO STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND

STORMS ON THE MOUNTAIN
ICICLES FORM
BREATHE THROUGH THE AVALANCHE
BURIED IN THE SNOW
EARTHQUAKE SCATTERS
NEW LINES ARE DRAWN
THE EARTH IS SHATTERED
WE CRY OUT FOR MORE
CLOTHED FOR FASHION,
CLOTHED FOR WAR
CLOTHED TO TAKE
MORE AND MORE AND MORE

CRIMSON RUNNING OFF GOD’S CANVAS
DOWN DOWN DOWN
MUSIC STREAMING,
STONE COLD TOMB
HOPE TO BE FOUND
LOVE’S BRILLIANT GLIMMER
GOLD TO CARRY ‘ROUND
AND IT’S ALL I CAN DO,
ALL I CAN DO
TO STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND

CHILD IS CRYING
HEAVEN’S NOT ALONE
LOCKS ARE CHANGING
LOVE WASHES CLEAN THE NOISE
CLOTHED FOR FASHION,
CLOTHED FOR WAR
CLOTHED TO TAKE
MORE AND MORE AND MORE

CRIMSON RUNNING OFF GOD’S CANVAS
DOWN DOWN DOWN
MUSIC STREAMING,
STONE COLD TOMB
HOPE TO BE FOUND
LOVE’S BRILLIANT GLIMMER
GOLD TO CARRY ‘ROUND
AND IT’S ALL I CAN DO,
ALL I CAN DO

CRIMSON RUNNING OFF GOD’S CANVAS
DOWN DOWN DOWN
MUSIC STREAMING,
STONE COLD TOMB
HOPE TO BE FOUND
LOVE’S BRILLIANT GLIMMER
GOLD TO CARRY ‘ROUND
AND IT’S ALL I CAN DO,
ALL I CAN DO
TO STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND
STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND
STILL THIS HOLLOW SOUND

Peace

Written By: Lisa Fenstermacher and Michael Sauri

Peace

I was surrounded by flood
Till you came quiet with your love
your love can still the raging sea

It will fill the hunger,
keep me from going under
when waves are breaking over me

Lift me so I can see
I can see your majesty
Take these broken pieces and make me whole make me whole

CHORUS 1: PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
MERCY FASTER THAN THE WIND
HOPE THAT HOLDS ME LIKE AN ANCHOR
FAITH THAT DRAWS ME BACK IN

It will fill the hunger
keep me from going under
when waves are breaking over me

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
MERCY FASTER THAN THE WIND
HOPE THAT HOLDS ME LIKE AN ANCHOR
FAITH THAT DRAWS ME BACK IN

BRIDGE: TENGO PAZ, ( CON JESUS), TENGO FE (CON JESUS) TENGO AMOR
TENGO PAZ,(CON JESUS),TENGO FE(CON JESUS),TENGO AMOR
TENGO PAZ,(CON JESUS), TENGO FE(CON JESUS),TENGO AMOR..

PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING
MERCY FASTER THAN THE WIND
HOPE THAT HOLDS ME LIKE AN ANCHOR
FAITH THAT DRAWS ME BACK IN

TENGO PAZ, TENGO FE, TENGO AMOR
TENGO PAZ, TENGO FE, TENGO AMOR
TENGO PAZ, TENGO FE, TENGO AMOR, TENGO AMOR
TENGO PAZ, TENGO FE, TENGO AMOR....

Dandelion Wishes

Written By: Lisa M. Fenstermacher and Michael J. Sauri

DANDELION WISHES

I PICK YOU OUT AND PULL YOU FROM YOUR STEM
I LOOK UP AND DOWN AND TAKE A BIG BREATH IN
I CLOSE MY EYES TO GIVE THIS WISH A TRY
AND BLOW OUT TINY PUFFS ACROSS A MOONLIT SKY

AND THE EVENINGS PASS WHILE IíM WAITING FOR YOU
ëCAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

EVERY BIRTHDAY I HOPE FOR SOMETHING NEW
SMOKING CANDLES ASK ME WHERE I FIND THE PROOF
TO BELIEVE AND ACT WHEN I CANíT SEE
LETTING GO OF ME WHILE FAITH IS GATHERING SPEED

AND THE EVENINGS PASS WHILE IíM WAITING FOR YOU
ëCAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

AND THE EVENINGS PASS WHILE IíM WAITING FOR YOU
ëCAUSE I KNOW THEY WILL COME TO ME SOON
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...
ALL MY DANDELION WISHES...

DANDELION WISHES...

Discography

"PIVOT" CD - New 11-song CD - - Produced by ex-Fighting Gravity guitarist Michael Sauri.
"Glimpses" CD EP - Produced by Michael Sauri.
SOLD OUT: "A Promise for Tomorrow" CD EP and cassette - Produced by former Glad vocalist/arranger Paul Langford.
**Lisa's song "Journey of Grace", has been selected as part of Celebrate Radio's Positively Music Compilation CD. Lisa's song "Journey of Grace" which she co-wrote with Paul Fenstermacher and Michael Sauri was featured on Celebrate Radio's new syndicated Celebrate Radio FM weekly show.

Set List

Sets - anything from one 45 minute set to two one-hour sets. Configurations range from a concert with full band, to an acoustic set with guitars, or Lisa with guitar and tracks.
Typical 45 minute set:
1. You Are There
2. Fit For His Plan
3. He Will Be There For You
4. Born to Me, Born To You
5. Near The Cross
6. With His Love
7. This Between
8. Still This Hollow Sound