Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter is among the most talented singer/songwriters in America. She has won 5 Grammys in Country Music categories, topped the country charts and sold over 12 million records without ever considering herself a country artist. Songstress Tift Merritt is a North Carolina native, who also plays guitar and piano. She has built a unique and critically acclaimed body of work of sonic short stories and poignant performances. Don't miss them live at bergenPAC, Wednesday, August 15th at 8PM. Tickets are available at or or by calling the box office at 201 227 1030.

Mary Chapin Carpenter is a powerful singer whose songs have a searing ring of truth. She hits the mark with her intelligent lyrics both on fast paced country rock songs alternating with slow introspective ballads. The troubadour’s new Ashes and Roses album ranks as her most powerful in years, perhaps even her strongest ever. Ashes and Roses is a record about grief and loss, but it has an arc. It does go from night into day. It travels through some of the hardest, most difficult territory to a place of renewal. It speaks to that journey as it tries to describe what is seen and felt and experienced along the way. And one does get to the other side.

Tift Merritt’s first record made Time Magazine’s and New Yorker’s Top Ten Lists and was called the best debut of the year in any genre by Associated Press. This was followed by ‘Tambourine’ a soul-rock album which was Grammy nominated for Country Album of the Year. It was also nominated for three Americana Music Awards. Tift’s ‘See You On The Moon’ released in 2009 is her most visceral work to date and finds her doing what she does best.


30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030

Box Office Hours:

11 am to 4 pm: Monday to Friday
12 pm to 4 pm: Saturday
(Box office opens 2 hours prior to all performances)

About Bergen Performing Arts Center:

 Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood, has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater, currently in its eighth season, is a landmark, and remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’s own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.