As part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert, we talk to the music artists who have participated in the concert about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women.
Our eleventh featured artist is Harold Payne is a multi-platinum songwriter whose soulful uplifting songs and husky heartfelt vocals have graced stages around the world. He has written songs for such diverse artists as Rod Stewart, Patti Labelle, Kelly Rowland, and Carlos Santana —literally from Peter Paul and Mary to Snoop Dogg. The launch of Harold’s Power of Positive Music series led him to performing with motivational speakers like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Jim Cathcart (The Acorn Principal) & countless others. Most recently, Payne has been using his creative custom and improv song talents for organisations like National Speakers Association and Contagious Optimism Live. Learn more about Harold at www.haroldpaynemusic.com.
The Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert was held in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign 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$1 and while the Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert Indiegogo fundraiser is running from June 5th to July 5th 2015, donors can donate to get exclusive music and artist goodies ranging from personal Skype concerts to treat bundles for the serious music lover.
Tell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.
I am a performing songwriter specialising in positive, uplifting music for entities like Contagious optimism live, empower music and arts (Posi Music Fest), and the Awakened World Film Festival. I also create custom and improv songs for conferences and special events.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
I believe that everyone on this planet deserves basic human rights and the opportunity to pursue their dreams. We need to lend our support in places where these rights and opportunities don’t already exist.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
An inspiring and uplifting song can give hope and strength in the darkest hours or say something in a way that touches, moves or comforts someone to let them know that they are not alone. It can also encourage others to rally behind such an important cause.
What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?
Music artists can write songs that shine a light on the plight of those affected by these conditions & perform for events that champion this cause. Even the smallest steps can start a chain reaction in the right direction.