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 third featured artiste is Alexis Umathum. Alexis is a survivor. Abandoned at just one month old by her mother, to just barely surviving a bacterial pneumonia that took over her body; leaving her in a coma-like state in ICU for two weeks in 2014. Still recovering, she’s ready to take on her biggest battle yet, the mainstream music industry. Alexis is a star in the making, with an undeniable ability to capture the attention of any audience. With her powerful vocals and professional songwriting craft, she is well on her way to changing the music industry. Alexis got her start on the hit media site YouTube, and has accumulated millions of views on her channel since then. In 2014, she was a finalist in Ryan Seacrest’s cover song contest for her cover of Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse”. Alexis was raised by her grandmother in the small San Diego suburb, Murrieta. Alexis is currently working on an album. To learn more about Alexis and her music, you can follow her on Twitter or watch her videos on YouTube.
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 still 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.
My name is Alexis Umathum, and I’m a singer/songwriter from Murrieta, California. I was thrilled when I was asked to participate in this incredible event. I hold these causes close to my heart, as I have worked many years with many charities to help end violence against women and children.
Why is ending violence against women important to you?
No woman or child should have to endure any form of mistreatment against themselves or a loved one. Working with anti-Violence Against Women charities gives me the opportunity to meet with many victims and I can see the damage caused from violence. It’s heart-breaking to see the brutality that many of these young women live through every day.
In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?
Music is a universal language that speaks to everyone. Through strong and uplifting, powerful music, I believe we can bring knowledge to the world and expose people to the abuse that women suffer.
Events such as The Pixel Project’s Music for Pixels Summer Charity Concert are meant to bring awareness to people around the world through music so that one day we can hope to live in a violent free world.
What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?
I believe artists can bring awareness to such issues by participating in events like this concert. Music brings people together, and with that power, music artists are capable of spreading the word about important issues, such as voiolence against women.
Many of my favourite artists are attached to different charities and they have helped millions. I hope to one day have the same impact.