When singer Lisa Fenstermacher watched television news coverage of the damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy in October, she felt moved to act.
She wanted to help somehow, some way. Later this month, she is getting that chance.
Fenstermacher and her band are performing a benefit concert for Sandy victims at 6 p.m. March 17 at Friendship Baptist Church in Sykesville. The concert is free. An offering will be collected with proceeds going to Superstorm Sandy victims rebuilding, particularly along the New Jersey and New York coastlines.
The Christian artist from Columbia is partnering with Somebody Cares Baltimore, a nonprofit assisting in the recovery efforts. Fenstermacher discussed with the Times the concert and her motivations for performing.
Q: Can you tell us more about the concert?
A:Â This will be the Lisa Fenstermacher Band, and weâ€™re partnering with Somebody Cares. Itâ€™s a Christian organization, and theyâ€™ve been going to those areas affected by [Superstorm] Sandy. So the benefit is for them to help [Superstorm] Sandy victims.
Q: Tell us more about you?
A:Â Iâ€™m a Wammies-nominated artist. Thatâ€™s like the Washington Grammys. My latest CD is â€˜Pivot,â€™ and one of the songs received a Silver Award with the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, which is through the Songwriters Association of Washington.
Q: Who is in your band?
A:Â The band consists of my husband, Paul [Fenstenmacher], Myles Evans plays drums, Michael Sauri plays guitar, Kevin Cost plays bass and Carl Standefer plays flute, saxophone and mandolin. He actually goes to Friendship Baptist Church.
Q: Have you all done concerts in collaboration with Somebody Cares before?
A:Â This is the first one. Iâ€™ve done other benefit concerts though. … I did a benefit concert in Frederick to help raise money for a shelter.
Q: What was your motivation to do this?
A:Â When I saw the news of Sandy come through, it really hit my heart, and I really wanted to do something. I found out about Somebody Cares through a friend in Columbia. I approached them and Friendship Baptist. Everyone was very positive about it.
Q: Since this storm affected so many places nearby, did that affect you as well?
A:Â I felt that, yes. Actually, two of the albums I have done, â€˜Glimpses,â€™ and â€˜Pivot,â€™ were [worked on] in New York. â€˜Glimpsesâ€™ was recorded and mixed in Brooklyn. And â€˜Pivot,â€™ we mixed the CD in Brooklyn at the same studio. … I was born in New York. My relatives were from New York. Also, my sister-in-law lives in the Cape May, N.J., area. Her husbandâ€™s office got flooded during Sandy.
Q: Was it tough to watch?
A:Â What really hit me were all the people who lost all their possessions and their home and their memories and the pictures. They lost everything that was close to their hearts.
Q: From what you can gather, what do those rebuilding need at this point?
A:Â The relief effort still continues that Iâ€™m aware of. When we approached Somebody Cares about doing the concert, what they said was needed was, actually, money to help with the rebuilding process.
Sourced:Â Carrol Country Times