Tenley Westbrook has been singing her whole life, according to her mom. She began playing the piano at age 7 and received a degree in Music Education from UMass. Over the years, she has performed with many talented musicians at weddings and functions...
Tenley Westbrook has been singing her whole life, according to her mom. She began playing the piano at age 7 and received a degree in Music Education from UMass. Over the years, she has performed with many talented musicians at weddings and functions throughout New England. In late 2006, through a series of life-changing events and losses, Tenley began recording her Contemporary Christian debut CD, I Believe with the help of the highly creative producer, co-writer, engineer and musician, John Paul of John Paul Productions, Merrimack, NH. Several artists joined Tenley on the CD, including Ray Greene, Dave Ayotte, Steve Aubert, Christina Bowie, and a children's choir made up of Tenley's nieces, nephew and several friends. Jon Chase and Tobie Mountain added their expertice in the final editing and mastering of the CD. Others involved in the CD project were Jeff Johnson, Derek Drinon and Beth Stone Hancock. "I consider myself to be one of the most blessed people in the world," says Tenley Westbrook. "It is my hope that I can share my faith and positive way of dealing with the difficulties that arise in all our lives through my music and story so that others can be helped."
Tenley Westbrook to perform by http://www.seacoastonline.com/ Seacoast Retired Educators Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. Tenley Westbrook, local singer and songwriter, will be the featured...
Lovesongs Gala Concert unfolds by Portsmouth Herald "Spotlight" By Jeanné McCartinFebruary 05, 2009 6:00 AMA neighbor told a neighbor, who got in touch with a few more, then a few businesses got involved, a church jumped aboard, and a junior high school class;...
Tenley Westbrook to perform by http://www.seacoastonline.com/ Seacoast Retired Educators Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13 at the Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. Tenley Westbrook, local singer and songwriter, will be the featured guest. A luncheon and short business meeting will follow the program. For information and reservations, call Lin Roy at 772-3363.
Lovesongs Gala Concert unfolds by Portsmouth Herald "Spotlight"
By Jeanné McCartin
February 05, 2009 6:00 AM
A neighbor told a neighbor, who got in touch with a few more, then a few businesses got involved, a church jumped aboard, and a junior high school class; the result is the "Love Songs Gala Concert," a fund-raising/community event in support of a friend and FOR the extended Seacoast neighborhood.
The money "Love Songs" raises will go to the Graeme Crowther Family Fund. Debbie Orloff of Rye, the event's organizer, only recently met the people it's supporting. She'd heard the story of their difficult circumstance late summer, even donated money at the time. But the need proved so great it became apparent MORE neighbors were needed on the job.
WHAT LOVE SONGS GALA CONCERT
WHERE South Church, 292 State St., Portsmouth
WHEN Thursday, Feb. 12; 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Doors open 7:30 p.m.
COST Seating is free, first come first served. Priority Seating Passes are available to sponsors
TO DONATE mail check to: Graeme Crowther Family Fund, C/O Loyalty Factor, 579 Sagamore Ave., #109, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (payable to: "Team Graeme")
It happened this past August, a month after Graeme and Cristina Crowther of Barrington married, says Orloff. Graeme was on the way to work when his car skidded off the road. The accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
The basics are stark. Cristy is handling most of the support. There's a lot of new expenses, and little coming in.
They are courageous but embattled," says Orloff. "They're tackling this in the rugged New Hampshire individualist way.
The Crowthers are in their 20s, "a very lovely young couple. They'd been engaged a long time. ...; He's now ...; wheelchair bound.
Graeme spent five months in rehab. A neighbor built a ramp on the house before he returned, but little else was altered, and there's no handicapped-accessible vehicle. The new challenges are simply not something two young people can tackle alone, says Orloff.
A friend of the Crowthers shared her concern with Orloff. She wanted to do more. Orloff says she agreed but didn't personally have a lot of money to contribute. However — in the skill department ...; "I have experience," she says.
Orloff has been a member of numerous area boards, including Cross Roads House where she started the comedy night. She's run other fund-raisers and organized events at The Music Hall and area churches.
And I'm not a singer but am a trained musician. I sing for churches and benefits. ...; So, I've come to know a lot of talent," she says. The way was clear.
She started asking musicians she knew if they'd give their time and talent to the cause. "And everyone I asked was wonderful." That includes the headliner Amy Petty, a Detroit singer/songwriter who recently settled in New Hampshire, along with her husband, Billy Petty, who also happens to be a performer.
Amy is a very wonderful singer that just broke out. ...; She's been likened to Sarah McLachlan; a contemporary singer/songwriter," says Orloff. Petty recently released "Mystery Keeps You" her first CD with Red Pill Label.
Reading from the artist's press materials, Orloff says Petty's work is described as a "'Lush tapestry of folk, pop, rock and blues salad.' ...; She's incredible." Like all the performers, Petty is donating her talents. Unlike Petty, who hails from Derry, most are Seacoast performers. Artists include Tenley Westbrook, a Seacoast-based contemporary/soft rock singer song-writer whose recent CD debut "I Believe" (2008) includes "Leavin' this Loving," an Internet top 10 award winner. Also appearing Bill Petty, Karen Cameron with Mitch Brook, Lost & Found, Leslie Loomis, Debbie Orloff with Sherry Stromski, and Melanie Sobotka of the Trillium trio. Ms. Senior N.H. Dianne Durkin will also appear.
It's going to be a very diverse night," says Orloff.
There's R&B, Broadway tunes, instrumentals, swing, jazz, blues, contemporary, folk, a barbershop quartet, an a cappella group and classical music.
The "neighborhood" involvement is extensive, says Orloff. She was able to secure enough underwriting to insure the event. Coldwell Banker is a major backer "and signed on early," she says. It's also being supported by Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, Bull Moose music stores, FedEx Office, Bank of New England and The Loyalty Factor. Members of the Portsmouth High School junior class are also pitching in.
The support "just mushroomed," says Orloff. Members of the Bethany Church in Greenland will both perform and help pull things together. The Coldwell's Bonnie Dridi is also working on the event. Portsmouth High junior Emily Schiller helped organize and market.
It's the "many hands" support that allowed organizers to expand on the event's concept. It's a fund-raiser all right, but unique in that it's free with a requested donation.
That — of course — begs the question, how will it raise funds?
Orloff says while the Crowthers are certainly the purpose, it's tough times for many. What organizers are hoping is that those who can give will do so generously. And those who can't can still attend and enjoy the community spirit "and feel like there's someone out there doing something for them too." It's the good neighbor thing again.
I think of the (performers), and those underwriting ...; and the whole community that rose up and said 'what a wonderful thing.' They made it possible. It was "why not make it free. Come if you can. ...; Let's make it a love song Valentine thing," says Orloff. "So many have stepped up without hesitation.
Benefit Concert Featuring Tenley Westbrook by Thomas Memorial Baptist Church Tenley Westbrook will perform a Benefit Concert on February 20th, 2009 at 7 PM at the East Auburn Baptist Church, 560 Park Avenue, Auburn, Maine. Admission is Free.
Seacoast Chapel Upcoming Events by http://www.seacoastchapel.com/ Oct 11th, 2008 @ 6:30-8:30 p.m.
228 Buxton Rd. Saco, Maine
Tenley Westbrook will be joining us at Seacoast Chapel, Novebmber, 8th 2008 6:30 ~ 8:30pm for our monthly Agape Coffee House. Come and join us at 228 Buxton Rd. Saco, Maine. We will have an amazing time of music, food and fun! Door prizes available and food provided by Rielys Bakery in Biddeford Maine. Sit back and enjoy a cup of great coffee and an amazing concert! This is going to be an amazing event, if you loved The Wrecking then you will love this band, invite as many people as you can you will not regret it!
I was born in Frankfurt, Germany, the oldest of six, an Army brat who was introduced to the piano at 7 years old by my musical parents. I moved to New Hampshire in my early teens where I began forming what has become a life time career as a singer/songwriter/pianist.
I graduated from U Mass with a degree in Music Ed and through the grace of God and His generosity, I have managed to live my dream as a full time musician and proud mother of two. I often feel blessed to have performed with some of New England's finest artists. In late 2006, I began working on my first solo CD with producer/songwriter John Paul (JOHNPAULPRODUCTIONS) on a group of my original Christian compositions. It has been a tremendous experience to see this project unfold. It is clear to me that God has His hand in this inspired project. I look forward to releasing the album in OCTOBER of 2008. Coming soon!!!
CD Release Party Press Release by portsmouthnh.com Tenley Westbrook - CD Release Party.
Local singer Tenley Westbrook celebrates the release of her CD 'I Believe' on Friday November 21. 2008 at 7:00pm
at the First United Methodist Church, 129 Miller Ave., Portsmouth. Several musicians will accompany Ms. Westbrook, including John Paul, Jon Chase, Michael Payette, Christina Bowie, Leslie Loomis, Dave Ayotte, Steve Aubert, and a children's choir. Singer-songwriter Dan Jamison will head off the evening's event.
Refreshments and copies of Ms. Westbook's CD will be available for signing.
Schafer Family Benefit Concert by http://www.thesoulfest.com/200 The Message Room - Come support Tamara and the Schafer Family and celebrate Christmas with special guest Tenley Westbrook, Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 7:00 p.m at the Christian Worship Center. The Christian Worship Center is located at 362 Route 125, Barrington, NH at the intersection of Route 125 and 9. Enter through Federal Savings Bank parking lot. Admission is $10.00.
For more information go to
http://www.thesoulfest.com/2009/ and click on "concerts".
Radio Interview by Debby Hoffman of WKXL1450 by www.wkxl1450.com/site/index.ph Tenley Westbrook was interviewed on November 17, 2008 by Debby Hoffman of WKXL Radio, 1450 AM in Concord, NH on the show Community Business Connections (www.wkxl1450.com) This hour long radio program featured Tenley's music and testimony.
If you would like to listen to the interview, you can access it on the station's website.
Relationship Conference featuring Gary Chapman by http://www.seacoastonline.com/ Tenley Westbrook scheduled to perform at the relationship conference hosted by Family Builders Ministries. It will be held at Bethany Church in Greenland from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 14 and features Gary Chapman, Author of the Five Love Languages
8th Annual His Gifts & Presence Festival by http://www.newenglandchristian Tenley Westbrook is one of many Artists scheduled to perform at The Eiight Annual His Gifts and Presence New England Arts Festival scheduled for
JUNE 27TH, 2009
at the McCormack Performing Arts Center at Gorham High School, Gorham, Maine
Holiday Music Performance @ Together in His Name by www.seacoastonline.com A Holiday Music Performance featuring Tenley Westbrook will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 10:30 am at Together in His Name Christian Store & Cafe in No. Hampton, New Hampshire.
Worship center plays host to Tenley Westbrook12/20 by www.fosters.com Worship center plays host to Tenley Westbrook Dec. 20
Article Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Singer/songwriter Tenley Westbrook performs at the keyboard and piano, as TheMessageRoom.com continues its concert series. Known to audiences in the tri-state area as a woman with a story to tell and for her inspirational magic in song, she comes to Barrington to host a benefit concert for a Rochester family in need. Sharing the bill is Dan Jameson, another fine young vocalist and musician. All are welcome. Showtime is 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec 20, at The Christian Worship Center on Route 125 near the Route 9 intersection. Tickets are $10 (or more if you can) and available at the door.
Children of the Nations-USA Benefit Concert by http://www.seacoastonline.com/ Children of the Nations-USA will hold a benefit concert on May 8, at the Winnacunnet High School (WHS) auditorium, 2 Alumni Dr., Hampton. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Children of the Nations and African Missions.
Featured will be Christian contemporary and secular performing artist including; headliner Tenley Westbrook, Dan Jameson, The Overtones, Lost and Found, Jason MacDougall, Leslie Loomis, and Sherry Stromski and 10 Percent. The benefit concert takes place from begins at 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Children of the Nations-USA partners with nationals to provide holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to create positive and lasting change in their nations. Children of the Nations-USA operate ministries serving the Dominican Republic, Malawi, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Tenley Westbrook turns to gospel, patriotic music by Portsmouth Herald By Jeanné McCartin
September 26, 2009 2:00 AM
Tenley Westbrook, a self-proclaimed "army brat," was doing fairly well as a wedding singer, belting out popular music, swing, and the like at blessed occasions and other functions. She'd put a few decades on her powerful vocals.
But things change. Not the voice, it's still going strong; but how and why it's used. Now you're more likely to find Westbrook at an area church or at the Pease Tradeport air terminal singing to troops heading to or from a war zones.
I'd been a member of a church for many years, sung with choir, but I was focused more on pop music," she says. "Then, I went through a difficult time of loss and changes to my life during which I felt God was calling me to do more of the Christian music.
She began focusing on contemporary Christian and gospel. Then a year ago patriotic music took root in her life.
A mix of things contributed to that move, she says; Dad being a 20-year veteran plays into it, but it was after experiencing the Pease Greeters, who support military troops passing through, that it took hold.
I had heard about them ...; thought it was something wonderful. But I'd never made my way there. Then Ed Johnson, its chairman, came to the Portsmouth Rotary Club. When he spoke about what happened there ...; I decided to go," she says.
A mutual friend informed Johnson that Westbrook was a vocalist, so he asked her to sing the national anthem for the troops. That was a year ago and about 75 flights and songs ago and still counting.
The first time, it was an amazing experience — to stand there in front of over 100 people, who were leaving; to sing that song to them. It's hard to describe how it made me feel," she says.
Flights can be at 8 a.m., 6 p.m. or 1 in the morning, "Whenever they come we're there, citizens and veterans,' she says.
It was the soldiers' appreciation and shared stories that inspired Westbrook to write "Our Freedom Song," a song in their honor, along with producer John Paul.
I feel I was led to write a song that is a tribute to the troops, the families and all veterans for the sacrifice they've made for our way of life and freedom," she says.
Westbrook says soldiers have shared that they feel forgotten, one told her that Michael Jackson's death was better covered than four soldiers who died at the same time.
I think a lot of us don't appreciate what they do," she added. She hopes, in her small part to remind us exactly what it is they're giving us all.
Westbrook recently formed FreedomSong Foundation. The organization is envisioned as multi-pronged — down the line. For now, she hopes to raise enough funds to give the CDs to as many soldiers and their family as possible.
There are usually over 100 and sometimes over 200 troops on each flight," she notes. Westbrook hopes to offer an MP3 version as well.
There's also a "Freedom Song" video in the works, with the help of Joe Sommers. They plan on posting it on Youtube and Westbrook's site (www.tenleywestbrook.com), yet another way to spread the word.
She also hopes it will help her get overseas to sing live for the troops; performers are expected to pay expenses; and later still support the Pease Greeters and other organizations helping families of area soldiers.
Westbrook has performed at the House of Representatives and recently for Staff Sgt. Edmond Lo's memorial service in Salem. She is scheduled to perform for the N.H. Veterans Home in Tilton on Nov. 9, and for the National Vietnam and Gulf War Veterans Coalition Annual Luncheon, in November in Washington, D.C.
All of this fits well with her switch to Christian music. Last year Westbrook released, "I Believe," her first CD in the genre; original and covers.
These days she perform her Christian work at coffeehouses, women's retreats, concerts and, of course, in churches.
I think that message goes out through all my songs, about faith, love and reaching out to help others," she says. "I'm a person who's had a lot of different experiences. I've chosen to respond with a positive attitude and faith ... I'm just doing what I'm doing and to the best of my ability.