During Lent, a time of reflection and preparation for Easter, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3816 Bellaire Blvd., is offering its second annual Songs of Lovin’ and Redemption series of five free Wednesday evening concerts, all beginning at 7 p.m. The series features Texas singer-songwriter luminaries presenting their works. All programs will be in the church sanctuary.
“This departure from the more common series of Lenten lectures was a successful innovation last year,” said the Rev. Eric Hungerford, associate rector. “We invite the community to share in our musical, spiritual journey through this Lenten series.”
“Because Lent is a season of focusing on the inner spiritual journey,” he continued, “we chose musical artists we find profound and thought-provoking. All of these artists write and perform songs that relate to their inner journey. That’s why the series is called Songs of Lovin’ and Redemption. We want to share with people art that has been inspired by real-life encounters with redemption. Sam Baker, for example, has an incredible life story and has made it through an enormous amount of personal hardship with grace. Come join us. We welcome you!”
The concert schedule is, as follows:
March 12—San Antonio native Terri Hendrix (www.terrihendrix.com) is a classically-trained vocalist and deft multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin and harmonica) known for weaving folk, pop, country, blues and swinging jazz into an eclectic style all her own. Her non-profit Own Your Own Universe promotes the healing and therapeutic qualities of art and music. She has a charismatic stage presence and reputation for energetic and spiritually uplifting live shows.
March 19—Texas native Sam Baker (sambakermusic.com), whom Lone Star Music describes among the “most captivating songwriters in America…whose melodies generally tend to be as bare-bones serviceable as the raspy scratch of his singing; but by God, you listen to what he has to say, hanging on for every line like a baby bird at feeding time.”
March 26— A widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Texas singer-songwriter with a forthcoming album makes this special, surprise appearance.
April 2— This concert brings together two undisputed talents in Texas music—Shake Russell (shakerussell.com), a three-time winner in the Texas Music Awards (2004, 2008, 2011) who has performed his style of folk rock in this region for more than three decades, and Dallas native Michael Hearne (michaelhearne.com), a consistent winner of the “Best of Taos” music awards for performer and singer.
April 9—Ray Wylie Hubbard’s works (raywylie.com) harken to the ‘60s rock scene, with echoes of Small Faces, the Rolling Stones, and Buffalo Springfield. Hubbard, whose recordings date to the mid-’70s, most recently released The Grifter’s Hymnal.
Palm Sunday, April 13 — Augmenting Songs of Lovin’ and Redemption, husband-and-wife team Matt and Cameron Hammon (www.mattandcameronhammon.com) will provide special music for a 5 p.m. Palm Sunday Eucharist at which the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly, retired Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Texas, will preside. The Hammons “believe that worship is the starting point for all people of faith.” Their second album, Songs of Heaven, was released in February.
Wednesday concert-goers are invited to the church fellowship hall for a simple meal prepared by the St. Mark’s Youth Group at 6 p.m. before each concert. For more information, call the church office at 713-664-3466.