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 thirteenth featured artiste is Faith Rivera. If Tony Robbins were a girl, could sing like Mariah, groove like Madonna and inspire like Oprah, you’d get…Faith Rivera! Faith is an Emmy award-winning singer/songwriter heard around the globe from the Hollywood Bowl to the Honolulu Symphony to virtual concerts online. Her sunny music has been used on Hawaii 5-0 and ER to supporting authors like Marianne Williamson & Jack Canfield. We are born to shine and Faith loves nothing more than creating music to celebrate that spark in everyone! To learn more about Faith, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.
Faith contributed her song, “Let It Out” 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.
Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.
I’m an Emmy winning singer/songwriter and touring positive music artist. I’ve been playing and creating music since my childhood days in Hawaii, and even then I saw the power of music to make an empowering difference. Growing up with strong women leaders and role models, I know the immense gifts, nurturing and wisdom that can only come from women. So I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of Pixel Project’s mighty campaign to make a stand for all women and girls.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
Ending all violence is important to me and I do my best to share music and messages that promote peace as a way of life. It is women and feminine values of nurturing and love that can truly turn the tide from violence to peace on our planet. So every girl and every woman needs to be protected and given the opportunity to share their voice and unique brilliance with the world.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
Music has a way of transcending the limitations of mere words by creating a feeling, touching folks in deep, surprising ways and even moving listeners to action. Not only can songs bring light to important causes, they can penetrate the hearts and thoughts of women and girls needing to be empowered, inspire action in supporters of the cause, and even move those that might be inclined to violence to more life-affirming and loving ways.
What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?
Most importantly, artists can commit to a life of peace themselves and contribute to the movement by their own example. Also, creating and sharing songs that promote peace can take the message further. Certainly speaking on the topic to their audiences any chance they get and recommending resources and organisations like The Pixel Project are other great actions to take.
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.