Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy Awareness

The Candlelight Concert Series for Epilepsy Awareness is a concert series in Pennington, NJ designed to raise awareness about epilepsy. It's grown out of a very popular house concert series and is now held at Trinity United Methodist at 1985 Pennington Rd, Ewing NJ. When you purchase your ticket using Paypal below, you will be added to the list; no physical tickets are printed or sent. You can bring you receipt to be safe. All shows are general admission. For more on this series, check out this article from The Times of Trenton here. The Epilepsy Foundation of New Jersey will be on-hand for most of these events to provide information and accept donations.

Saturday January 10th 2015
Live at Trinity
Doug Wimbish (Living Colour),
Jeffrey Gaines,
Chris Trapper,
Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates/Madonna),
Danielia Cotton,
Lili Anel
and MANY more to be announced!
7:00PM Doors
8:00PM Show
$40 Advance/$45 Day-Of Show

Trinity UMC
1985 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618


Gary US Bonds


Doug Wimbish of Living Colour


Jeffrey Gaines


Chris Trapper


Danielia Cotton


Paul Pesco (Hall & Oates, Madonna)


Lili Anel


Carsie Blanton


    About Sam Cooke
Considered by many to be the definitive soul singer, Sam Cooke blended sensuality and spirituality, sophistication and soul, movie-idol looks and gospel-singer poise. His warm, confessional voice won him a devoted gospel following as lead singer for the Soul Stirrers and sent “You Send Me,” one of his earliest secular recordings, to the top of the pop and R&B charts in 1957. It was the first of 29 Top Forty hits for the Chicago-raised singer, who was one of eight sons born to a Baptist minister.

Cooke’s career was defined by his early embrace of gospel and his subsequent move into the world of pop music and rhythm & blues. Joining the Soul Stirrers at age fifteen, he served as lead vocalist from 1950-56. He recorded his first pop song, “Lovable,” as Dale Cook, choosing the pseudonym so as not to jeopardize his standing within the gospel community. Nonetheless, he’d crossed a line that made it impossible for him to carry on with the Soul Stirrers. Cooke’s first solo successes came on the Keen label, for which he recorded “You Send Me,” “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” and “Wonderful World,” among others. In 1960 Cooke signed with RCA, where his hits included “Chain Gang,” “Cupid,” “Another Saturday Night” and “Twistin’ the Night Away.” A versatile singer who never really settled on a style, Cooke tackled everything from sophisticated balladry and lighthearted pop to finger-popping rock and roll and raw, raspy rhythm & blues.

In addition to being a performer, Cooke established himself as a successful and even groundbreaking black entrepreneur operating within the mainstream music industry. Cooke produced records for other singers, founded his own publishing company (Kags Music) and launched a record label (Sar/Derby). He also helped such fellow artists as Bobby Womack, Johnnie Taylor, Billy Preston and Lou Rawls make the transition from gospel to pop. Tragically, Cooke was shot to death at a Los Angeles motel on December 11th, 1964, under mysterious circumstances. RCA posthumously issued “Shake” b/w “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Regarded as one of the greatest singles of the modern era, it matched a hard-hitting R&B number (later cut by Otis Redding) with a haunting song about faith and reckoning that returned Cooke’s voice to its familiar gospel home.

About Gary US Bonds
With over 50 years in the business, not only is Gary US Bonds an R&B/rock legend but he was a personal friend and touring partner of Sam Cooke in the 1960s. Bonds’ first hit was the song “New Orleans”, which was followed by “Not Me”, his only Number One hit, “Quarter To Three” in June 1961. Subsequent hits, under the name Gary (U.S.) Bonds, included “School Is Out”, “Dear Lady Twist” and “Twist, Twist, Senora” in the early 1960s. In a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above The Beatles. “Quarter To Three” appears on The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list. In the early 1980s, Bonds had a career resurgence, working off collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band. Later hits included “This Little Girl”, “Jolé Blon” and “Out Of Work”. It's a real honor to have this legendary performing supporting this cause and singing some of his friend's songs on this once-in-a-lifetime night of music.

About Doug Wimbish of Living Colour
Doug Wimbish of Living Colour will be serving as musical director for the evening. Doug is a legendary musician and bass player - having been with Living Colour for over 20 years. Not only that, Doug is famous as the guy laying down the grooves to some of raps biggest and earliest hits including White Lines and The Message. Doug has also played with the likes of The Rolling Stones (Bridges To Babylon), Mick Jagger (Primitive Cool, Wandering Spirit), Madonna (Erotica), Annie Lennox (Diva, Medusa), Joe Satriani (The Extremist, Time Machine), Jeff Beck (Flash), Seal (Seal), and Billy Idol to name but a few. Doug blew the roof off with Living Colour at Candlelight Concerts for Epilepsy Awareness back in April and we're thrilled and honored to have him returning for this amazing night!

About Jeffrey Gaines
Philly legend Jeffrey Gaines brings his soulful and powerful style to this special night of Sam Cooke. A mainstay in the Philly scene for the past 20 years, Jeffrey has toured the world with the likes of Heart, Joe Jackson, Stevie Nicks and dozens more. He's scored hits of his own including Hero In Me, Always Be and reach wide audiences with his famous cover of Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes. Jeffrey is guaranteed to blow the roof off on this night of Sam Cooke music!

About Chris Trapper
Chris Trapper's favorite singer-songwriter is Sam Cooke and he's over-the-moon to be performing some songs for this cause. Chris, a prolific singer-songwriter, fronted The Push Stars in the late 1990s, has released a string of successful and critically acclaimed solo records. His song, This Time, was featured on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for August Rush. Proud to have Chris returning to Candlelight for a night of Sam Cooke.

About Danielia Cotton
Hopewell's own Danielia Cotton joins us for the evening to sing some Sam Cooke. Danielia's brand new EP Woodstock continues to demonstrate her intelligent, soulful and powerfully unique style as a singer and songwriter. Such a thrill to have Danielia joining us on this amazing night for epilepsy awareness!

About Paul Pesco
Paul Pesco is a legendary guitarist, producer and composer. Paul has served as musical director and lead guitarist for Hall & Oates, and also for Daryl Hall's Live From Daryl's House TV program. He's also played guitar on tour or record with Madonna, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Winwood, Mary J Blige, Celine Dion, Al Green, Donna Summer, Eddie Murphy, Atlantic Starr, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Kitaro, C&C Music Factory and dozens more! Such a thrill to have this amazing talent joining us for a great night of music to raise epilepsy awareness!

About Lili Anel
Prolific singer-songwriter Lili Anel has been described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a "vocal powerhouse whose earthy, jazz-laced tunes stretch the boundaries of traditional singer-songwriter turf." In 2010, she earned three prestigious NY Music Awards - Best Singer-Songwriter, Best Jazz Album and Best Female Jazz Vocalist and has performed with such amazing talents as Raul Midon, Alejandro Escovedo, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs and Robert Cray. Thrilled to have Lili returning to Candlelight!

About Carsie Blanton
Carsie is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Virginia, logged time in Eugene, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and landed in New Orleans in 2013. Carsie’s songwriting is known for its wit, insight, and melodic sensibility, and her live performances are lauded for humor, wit, and the clarity of her voice. Since 2007, Carsie has toured extensively throughout the U.S. as a headliner and as support tour for Paul Simon, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Hornsby, Joan Osborne, The Weepies, Loudon Wainwright III, John Oates, The Wood Brothers and others.

Stay tuned for more All-Stars to be added!!!
Sam Cooke's Website

Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

Sam Cooke - Twistin' The Night Away

Sam Cooke - You Send Me

Sam Cooke with Jackie Wilson - Cha Cha Cha

Sam Cooke - Good News

Sam Cooke - Cupid

Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come

Saturday February 7th 2015
Live at Trinity
(with Full Band)
7:00PM Doors
8:00PM Show
$20 Advance
$25 Day-Of Show

Trinity UMC
1985 Pennington Road
Ewing, NJ 08618


Special Guest:
Jerzy Jung

    About Mary Fahl
Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s folk-rock/adult alternative group, October Project. As a solo artist, her musical inspirations have expanded to include classical, medieval and world music. Her expressive, transcendent voice has been called “a voice for the gods” (Boston Globe), “a powerful, beautifully proportioned contralto” (Variety), “soul-permeating” (Portland Press), and “supernatural” (author Anne Rice). Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.

Most recently, Fahl has been previewing songs from her soon-to-be-released album, Love and Gravity, on tour. The highly anticipated album is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”

Seven of the 10 songs on Love and Gravity were composed or co-written by Fahl, including the powerful tribute to true love, “Move Mountains, Turn Rivers Around” (written for her husband, renowned deep-sea oceanographer and marine ecologist Richard Lutz); the unflaggingly romantic “When Johnny Loved June” (honoring Johnny Cash and June Carter); and the rousing “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.” The album also Includes two already-released singles: an inspiring re-imagining of the Joni Mitchell classic, “Both Sides Now;” and Fahl’s tribute to 9/11 rescue workers, “Dawning of the Day,” set to a traditional Irish melody.

Fahl will also be releasing a live album and DVD of her September 7, 2013, performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA, which was taped for an upcoming PBS special. The concert included songs from Love and Gravity, favorites from her October Project days, and selections from her celebrated interpretation of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon.

Fahl and author Anne Rice (“Interview with the Vampire”) have a mutual admiration. Rice mentions both Mary and an October Project song, “Take Me as I Am,” in her new novel, “The Wolves of Midwinter” and asked Fahl to compose a theme song for the audiobook. With John Lissauer as co-writer, Fahl created the powerful and haunting “Exiles: The Wolves of Midwinter,” which was released concurrently with the novel on October 15, 2013.

“I referenced ‘Take Me as I Am’ because I was hearing that song in my head, and Mary Fahl singing it, as I wrote the scene,” said Anne Rice. “I am so honored and thrilled that Mary was inspired to write ‘Exiles’ as a result. It’s haunting and beautiful and exactly conveys the mood of the novel.”

Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River — complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.


Mary Fahl's Website

Mary Fahl - Brain Damage/Eclipse

Mary Fahl - Gravity

Mary Fahl - Deep As You Go

Mary Fahl - Both Sides Now