has always loved communicating through music and art. As a child he played the clarinet, piano and trumpet while constantly doodling in the margins of his schoolwork. He found a way to do both at Brigham Young University. While majoring in graphic design, he studied voice and sang with BYU’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Barry has sung professionally since 2001. His studio vocals are featured on over a dozen albums and he has released one solo album, My Soul Hungered,
as well a mini-album entitled One Step Closer .
A member of the Faith Centered Music Association, Barry is a past nominee for both Studio Vocalist and Male Vocalist of the Year. He performed in two televised Pearl Awards broadcast
. Barry was one of six finalists in the Winter 2009 Mormon Times
Showcase Song and Video Contest. A freelance graphic designer (see hansencreative.com
), he is also a four-time nominee and a Pearl Award winner for Album Design. Barry’s music both inspires and entertains. He loves to teach and often combines his songs with personal stories when presenting to youth and adult groups. Barry and his wife Marian recently moved from Utah to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and are the parents of eight children. Barry’s music is available on iTunes
, and PositiveMusicandDownloads.com
Mark D. Bennion grew up inWisconsin, Utah, and Idaho. In college, he majored in English and minored in Korean. Upon graduating from BYU, Mark lived in Jerusalem for a year and studied at the Hebrew University. After his time in the Holy Land, he attended the MFA program at the University of Montana and graduated from there in 2000. Mark teaches writing and literature classes at Brigham Young University–Idaho. He recently published his first book, Psalm & Selah: A Poetic Journey through The Book of Mormon. The book is a collection of narrative and lyrical poems that bring the lesser-known characters of The Book of Mormon to life. Currently, he and his wife, Kristine, are raising their family in the Upper Snake River Valley.