AbbeyFest welcomed back Matt Maher to the 2017 festival this past Saturday, September 16, on the grounds of the Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA. Over 4,000 attendees enjoyed faith, music, and family at the 4th annual AbbeyFest. Joining Matt this year was co-headliner Mandisa Grammy award winner and former American Idol competitor. Paul J. Kim, a jack-of-all-trades musician, comedian, rapper, and beatboxer, was the keynote speaker who mixes music with a message of faith, hope and love.
Mike Mangione brought his bluesy jazz mix sound with a little Bob Dylan and a dash of Bruce Springsteen. PJ Anderson made a long-anticipated appearance this year with his heart-felt lyrics that strike a chord and draw out those emotions we didn’t even know we had. Also performing was Texas singer/songwriter Kyle Sinkule and making their 4th appearance at AbbeyFest was the FireHill Worship praise band.
“The purpose of AbbeyFest is a celebration of our Catholic faith through Christian contemporary music,” explained Mark Christener, the communications director of AbbeyFest, which began as a collaborative effort of the Norberto-conducted Daylesford Abbey and nearby St. Norbert Parish. “Many Catholics are new to the Christian contemporary music scene but it is growing rapidly among Catholics due to the increased number of Catholic artists who are trying to support it,” Christmyer said.