As part of The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women.
Our fifth featured artiste is Andrew Allen. Andrew’s DIY ability and optimistic attitude have served him well. He’s scored three Top 10 hits in Canada, 2009′s “I Wanna Be Your Christmas”, 2011′s “I Want You” and his biggest single released in 2010 “Loving You Tonight,” which was lodged in the upper reaches of the charts for more than 22 weeks. A lilting, sunny tune about an ideal romance, “Loving You Tonight” helped put Andrew on tour with acts like The Script, Bruno Mars, One Republic, Train, Joshua Radin and The Barenaked Ladies, with the official music video garnering more than 4 million views! Radio play aside, Andrew is a true live performer with an exceptional voice, incredible songs and limitless energy – not too mention a spatter of comic wit and story-telling ability that helps create a dynamic and interactive live show. He’s definitely an artist that embodies the term ‘live’. You can follow Andrew’s updates on Facebook, or watch his videos on YouTube.
Andrew contributed his song, “Write About It” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.
I’m a singer/songwriter, originally from Canada, now living in LA. Most of my songs have a lot do with love, and with that comes a responsibility, to practice what you preach and not only sing about love, but act in love. So when I was asked to take part in this project, it felt like it was synonymous with the type of art I create, and I knew it was an opportunity to help contribute to a project that was making headway in stopping violence against women.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
I feel like violence, in general, is wrong, but I especially think that women deserve to be honoured and treated as equals, not oppressed and held down. Aside from the fact that I’m married, the women in my life are such incredible humans, and have been instrumental in the shaping of my life, so to imagine that anyone could use violence to control another person just makes me cringe, which is why I think it’s so important to end violence against women.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
I think music artists have a huge responsibility when it comes to social justice, including violence against women. They have a unique platform to educate and demonstrate how to respect one another. Unfortunately there are artists that seem to encourage the oppression and violence towards women, and I feel that it’s not just an injustice to the women of this world, but also to the art of music. I think the biggest action that artists can take is to use that platform to change the world into a positive environment for women to feel safe.
The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne.
The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.