Local Church to Host Concert with Former “American Idol” Contestant

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church is kicking off summer with a concert and gelato. The church will host its first concert in Founders Hall June 7 with former “American Idol” contestant Sam Burchfield and Paul Demer.

The concert is free and open to the public, starting at 7 p.m. June 7 at the church, 9800 Preston Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a Botolino Gelato cart will be outside for the duration of the event.

“We’re excited to host our first concert in Founders Hall. With a new sound system, it’s a great space to showcase artists like Sam and Paul,” said Zach Light-Wells, associate director of music at PHPC. 

“Sam is an incredible songwriter who blends Appalachian folks sounds with the big city sounds of Atlanta, his hometown. Paul, a Dallas native, blends introspection and wonder with memorable melodies. Together, with full bands, they’re going to put on a really great show.”

Drawing frequent comparisons to both American singer-songwriter James Taylor and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman, Demer invites audiences of various ages to locate their own stories in the ebb and flow of joy and heartache. He regularly sings and plays in our Worship at 5 services at Preston Hollow.


Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist with a background in crime and government reporting and an obsession with all things culture and arts. She serves as the Managing Editor for Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People, curating content for the Living Well and Faith sections, as well as producing the Fall and Spring society sections and 20 Under 40. From luncheons to galas to exhibition openings to new Dallas restaurants, you can find her out and about on Instagram @Bianca_TBD or @peoplenewspapers. You can also reach her by email at [email protected]. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.

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