I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take the chance to highlight…
…the unsung heroes found in Sing Me A Story Foundation!
I hope you all had a nice, long, and restful 4th of July weekend! I’ve just been quiet on the interwebs enjoying my holiday weekend as a treat to me. After all, I’ve been battling sickness too so every good writer deserves to put the pen down for a couple days every once in a while. Am I right? 😀
Partially the most annoying part of being a music blogger is that some days there is nothing to write about! I’m going to find a remedy for that here soon, but I haven’t put my finger on it yet. Between hopping back into discover blog posts and album reviews…I might just have the cure for Nothingtowriteabout-itis!
Well let’s give 3 points to this foundation for giving me something fresh and exciting to write about! My hats off to y’all!
And my tears roll on for my favorite actor being here without telling me…
..Love ya Tom Cruise & thanks for spending your 4th with us!
Boy meets girl. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy & Girl start a foundation together and give a voice to the songs of children to help them feel better?!
Well, that’s exactly what happened when Austin Atteberry moved to Nashville with the dream of becoming a famous songwriter. He met a beautiful girl next door and married her!
Austin says of Sara: “She happened to work at the local children’s hospital as a Child Life Specialist and she encouraged me to volunteer.”
Austin went from room to room at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital right here in the heart of Nashville with a guitar covered in Dora the Explorer stickers. Not exactly the quintessential country music star, but he certainly is a music super hero!
He didn’t just go around and sing “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and nursery rhymes…Oh no! He took it a step forward and decided that he knew how to write songs to give kids hope so what better way than to pen songs that were what they wanted to hear and that personally related to their lives?!
At 27 years old, his little Nashville songwriter dream became bigger than he could ever have imagined. It wasn’t all Top 10 hits and performances on Ellen and the Country Music Awards, but it was unique, valuable, and transformative!
Austin said, “A 6-year-old kid may not know how to write a song but they sure know how to tell you a story. So I’d ask them to tell me a story about anything they wanted and I’d turn that into a song.”
I love the idea of them writing their own songs! What a cool thing that must be! Mine would have been about exploring, annoying my sister, and playing my plastic guitar, I’m almost 100% certain!
So then Austin and his wife Sara started Sing Me A Story Foundation as an online organization that seeks to globally connect songwriters with children!
That’s right people! I’m not talking about just Nashville or just the US! Austin & Sara have gone global with writing songs inspired by kids for the sake of music therapy to help them heal and keep their spirits lifted while they battle illnesses!
I cannot say enough good things about this foundation!!!
Since 2011, Sing Me a Story has grown to feature over 1,500 songwriters who work with an additional 50 organizations that all seek to help children in need!
One of the coolest of the cool bands has joined in too…
…I love me some Mayday Parade!
Austin boasted: “We have everyone from world-class musicians from Nashville to the little grandma that plays the ukulele in Appleton, Wisconsin.” 🙂
I love the flavor and the heart behind this organization! It’s simply beautiful and such a thoughtful idea/initiative!
The way it works is that kids write stories and then the songwriters write the songs and send that finished product back to the kids as MP3 files! I love that process and I appreciate every songwriter who donates their time to this wonderful cause!
For more information about Sing Me A Story Foundation go to their official website here: [singmeastory.org].
Congrats Austin & Sara and thank you for the work you do!