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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Narmi

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 twentieth featured artiste is Narmi. Narmi’s calm artistry in his music has inspired a genuine loyalty from listeners. An efficient songwriter swan dives in and resurfaces armed with songs that sticks in the hearts and minds of many. Creating heartstrings with his listeners seem effortless. Narmi’s song-writing is derivative on how he sees the world, putting them into wordplays that paint pictures ever so colourful that you simply want to share with everyone.

Juggling groove duty on the drums for pop punk-rock outfit, One Buck Short (OBS), Narmi’s singer-songwriter debut surprised many. What was once a behind-closed-door-bedroom-singer-type-escape is now the heartfelt career pursuit in the music industry.

Narmi’s debut single “Make Me Whirl” from the Adventures EP successfully charted the Hitz Top 40 countdown and remained #1 on MET 10 charts for three consecutive weeks. The quirky song tells a story of the many ways of keeping the love in progress with the convenience of connectivity such as Skype and Tumblr.

To find out more about Narmi, follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Narmi contributed his song, “Tweet In Defiance” 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.

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Narmi

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

Hello! My name is Narmi and I’m a singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have been in the music industry for over 10 years now and most of that time was spent playing drums for local pop punk band One Buck Short.

I decided to take part in this project because violence against women is a serious matter, and as influencers, we have the power to spread news and further awareness to our friends and fans.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending all kinds of violence is important to me. Whether it is violence from bullies or child abuse or violence against women, we are all human beings and those who have the power to help must always lend a hand in whatever way possible. Furthermore, where would we be without women? Their nurturing and caring nature has certainly helped to make the human race what we are today and we must strive to help in any way possible.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music soothes the angry beast. Sometimes one can only hear a message through a song or through music. And even though we don’t understand the lyrics from a song right off the bat, we can certainly relate to the emotions being portrayed by the singer or performer. Sounds can make you feel. It can make you feel anger, sorrow, happiness, and definitely empathy. That is why the right music will help in the efforts to end violence against women.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

Music artists can help by using the power of their influence over their fans and friends alike. Today, artists use social media to connect with their fans, so it is easier to send out a call-to-action message.

Music artists can also write songs that are directly or indirectly related to the message that they want to send out. Michael Jackson’s song “Heal The World” is a direct call-to-action song that has a central meaning. People remember melodies a lot easier than speeches.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Mary Scholz

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 nineteenth featured artiste is Mary Scholz. Philadelphia raised and Los Angeles based Indie Singer/Songwriter Mary Scholz has spent the past seven years on the road, playing shows in songwriter venues and festivals all over the country. Singing since the age of four and writing since the age of fourteen, Mary’s music is a blend of lyric folk & pop/rock with a bittersweet twist that puts her in a category of her own.

She’s come a long way since her start singing in choirs, school shows and playing in the school band, with a 2011 Hollywood Music and Media Award nomination for her song, “Tennessee,” released on her third EP, “Water Rising.” A graduate of The University of the Arts, Scholz released her first full length album, “The Girl You Thought You Knew,” in February of 2014. It’s release was supported by a three month tour of the US.

“I write about things that matter to me – things that are close to my heart. It’s my hope that through music we can connect to one another, to better understand that we are all alike and that no one is alone.” To find out more about Mary, follow her on Facebook, or check out her videos on YouTube.

Mary contributed her song, “Beautiful Girl (Live My Life)” 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.

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Mary Sholz

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia and music has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve been singing and writing since I can remember. With the Pixel Project, I am grateful to have the opportunity to use my music to pass along a message of hope and reminder of strength to those women who have suffered at the hand of violence, be it physical or emotional. That is the biggest goal for me where my songs are concerned – for those that listen to know that they are not alone in their struggles. If the music can be a source of strength, then I have done my job.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Along with raising us with a love for all things musical, my parents were very firm and purposeful about raising my siblings and I with a sense of justice and kindness towards everyone. It seems absurd to me that such violence is so rampant between human beings. Women’s equality is a big issue in my book as well, so I am happy to participate in a project that raises awareness about the issues that women are facing around the world.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Honestly, I believe the music is most largely helpful as a source of comfort to those who have already suffered. I also believe that if the use of music can gain the attention of those who might not be aware of the issues, then that is a wonderful thing.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

We can help by continuing to spread a message of love, positivity and hope, as well as participating in projects by nonprofits such as The Pixel Project!

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Macy Kate

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 eighteenth featured artiste is Macy Kate. She is part of the next generation of recording and YouTube artists making big moves within the music industry. You may have seen her on NBC’s Daytime or viewed one of her viral videos that have collectively garnered over 17 million views across multiple channels or caught one of the NFL’s biggest games of the season with Macy Kate singing the national anthem. She just inked a deal with Sony/ATV in a YouTube partnership, is on tour with the world’s largest pop booking agency, Paradigm and is working with some of the hottest writers in the world.

Macy Kate is the youngest recording artist to record with Sean Kingston and has opened for Rick Springfield, Aaron Carter, the OMG Girlz, Seven Nations, IM5 and has performed at Radio Disney’s Silver Bells in front of 20k plus people. Macy recently played shows in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Lansing, Buffalo, Little Rock and Orlando. She has played Rocket Town House of Blues, The Roxy, Webster Hall, The Sprint Arena, Raymond James Stadium, Busch Gardens, Ruth Eckerd Hall, St. Pete First Night, Silver Bells in the City, and many more. Macy Kate is managed by Chris Borchetta whose family is responsible for the successes of such artists as Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Florida Georgia Line and many more. Follow Macy on Twitter or check out her videos on YouTube.  

Macy contributed her song, “Go” 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.

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Macy Kate

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I believe it is important to help other women and young girls to reach their goals and dreams in a safe, loving environment. I wanted to inspire other girl my age to believe in themselves and the value that they bring to the world.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Any type of violence against women is unacceptable. I understand foreign countries allow this to happen frequently and feel fortunate that I live in the US where women have freedom to reach any goal and can become anything they want to be in society. I think that educating people that violence against women is a major problem and is an important issue, and if I can help promote that type of education through my platforms I would like to do that.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

I think you can get a message out with music and its lyrics. I try to write songs that anyone can relate to and can feel a personal connection with the song. I think if people can relate to a situation and know that they aren’t alone, they will feel some sort of relief.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

I think musical artists can contribute to this by including the message in their lyrics. Having meaningful lyrics can help in anyway, especially when it’s a personal situation.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Lisa Bell

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 seventeenth featured artiste is Lisa Bell. Lisa believes that positive music can make the world a better place and she has been on a mission to inspire the listener to take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought-provoking. For the past 12 years, Lisa has been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive, empowering lyrics at venues across the countries and internationally. Follow Lisa on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.  

Lisa contributed her song, “I Can Be Anything” 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.

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Lisa BellTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I believe that positive music can make the world a better place and I have been on a mission to inspire the listener to take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat and thought-provoking. I have been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive and empowering lyrics at venues across the country and internationally. I am a strong advocate for women’s rights and non-violence against women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

We are all equal in this world and no one should suffer at the hands of others.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

The Pixel Project highlights music that is about empowering women to take back control of their lives, and advocating equality and freedom for all.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

Artists can continue to write music that celebrates the equality of all, spread those messages throughout the world and volunteer with organizations that advocate non-violence.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Laura Berman

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 sixteenth featured artiste is Laura Berman. Originally hailing from the NYC music scene, Laura tours extensively nationwide and has reached acclaim for her soul-touching vocal power and accessible yet poetic songwriting style. Laura has been compared to the likes of Carole King, Sara Bareilles and the legendary Janis Joplin, and has performed alongside best-selling authors Neale Donald Walsch and Marianne Williamson as well as at the renowned Agape International Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. While in NYC, Laura was a session singer as well as a touring singer/songwriter, and was a featured vocalist in the children’s feature film release, “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” and accompanying Soundtrack. Now residing in Portland, Oregon, Laura has just released her 4th CD, “Everything in Between” and will be touring in 2014 in support of its release. Follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter.  

Laura contributed her song, “Voices” 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.

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Laura Berman

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was so inspired by the work of The Pixel Project; not only does the organisation have the vision and passion for change, but they have the leadership and tools to educate and inspire in a big way. And I wanted to be part of changing the way people think in this big way.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I believe that violence is present so it may heal; when it’s healed in the hands of the perpetrator, it’s healed in the world and the cycle of violence is broken. When we can all agree that violence against women is violence against the heart of humanity, and since we are all part of that heart and it is an act against all, then we can agree that this violence is no longer tolerated.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music provides a level of inspiration that reaches inside a person – the vibration shifts us, the lyrics give our minds a new perspective to ponder, the notes move our hearts to new and different levels. Music compels us and when we’re compelled, we move to change our lives, and the lives of others. We’re moved to grow through the power of music…and through this, music helps in ending violence against women because it empowers from the deepest core.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

As an artist, and a person, I know that my work starts with me. So I can look at how I’ve been affected by violence against women, and can move through the introspection and reflection, into creating music and song, which will then inspire others to take a stand as well.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Kevin Mileski

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 fifteenth featured artiste is Kevin Mileski. Kevin is a singer-songwriter currently residing near Chicago, Illinois. With five full-length albums, eight major compilations, and over a thousand live performances, he has made a name for himself throughout the US and Europe. Kevin has performed at some of the nation’s greatest acoustic venues and has licensed many of his compositions to major recording artists and television. He is currently working on his next album to be released late 2014. He is honoured to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels campaign and “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.

Kevin contributed his song, “Where’s Your Conviction” 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.

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Kevin Mileski

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I was approached with the 30/30/30 project and thought it to be wonderful. I’m rarely asked to be a part of something for which I believe in so whole-heartedly. This is one of those causes. I’ve seen enough violence to ALL and find myself specifically disturbed by the violence towards women and children.  This is something I could do that had the potential to actually help.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I wish it didn’t exist.  I wish it was never a thought for resolution of anything; but it does exist and there are people who believe this is how you “fix” a problem. When I was younger, my mom was dating a man who obviously hit her. Although she never admitted it, I knew this to be the case. It’s important to me to know that, if a woman as strong as my mom couldn’t admit it was happening, what is happening to other women who aren’t as strong? It’s scary. It starts a cycle of violence that never ends and I refuse to sit back and watch it happen.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music’s power is stronger than we know. It has the power to help people come together. It helps people relate.  Particularly in the case of an artist who has taken a risk in writing a tough topic, you’ll see the supporters of music come together. Music is poetry and as such, a wonderful outlet. Although the definition of music is different for individual people, the affect and effect are very much the same.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

We have the power of the microphone.  We have the power of the ability to make people listen. We have the power to stop the sound, stop the singing, start the sound, start the singing.  We have the unique ability to make ourselves characters – characters who people can relate to. We are the sounding board and the relationship that can show people how ridiculous and unnecessary this violence is. We can take a picture of you and show you what you look like. You just hear it instead.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Jana Stanfield

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 fourteenth featured artiste is Jana Stanfield. You’ve heard Jana Stanfield’s music on 20/20, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, the movie “8 Seconds”, and radio stations across the US. Her compositions are sung by Reba McEntire, Andy Williams and others, and Jana has shared stages with fellow performers ranging from Kenny Loggins to The Dixie Chicks. Known as “The Queen of Heavy Mental,” Jana describes her music as “psychotherapy you can dance to.” For the past 15 years, Jana has made her living as a Keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events. She is a charter member of the international Positive Music Association which promotes Positive music artists and Positive music as a distinct genre of music. To learn more about Jana, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.

Jana contributed her song, “Every Awesome Woman” 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. ——————————————————————————————————————–

Jana Stanfield

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

As a singer-songwriter I’m grateful to have a way to speak to many people at once, through the music. If music is well-written, it can deliver a message that enlightens people in a compelling way without being preachy. That is always my goal.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence is important to me because I don’t believe than any human being should be intentionally harmed. I believe people should be respected and cared for, not injured until they submit to another person’s will.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has the power to influence people’s opinions, the way that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. We know that phrase because it is in a song that many children learn. When we learn messages in song, the messages stick, and they last a long time, and it’s time that we use all the means we have to educate people that it’s time to end violence against women.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

At one time, people thought it was okay to beat their children in front of others, as though that was normal. It is no longer normal, and the same goes for violence against women. It is not normal, and not tolerable before the eyes of others, or behind closed doors. As more and more of us speak up, and share messages in our songs that empower women, it will become more and more abnormal to find out that violence toward women is still happening. I look forward to that day.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Faith Rivera

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.

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Faith Rivera

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 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.

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Ellis

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 twelfth featured artiste is Ellis. There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. After her Feb 2013 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis’ music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com. She also received hundreds of messages from strangers including, “you exude pure joy”, “I heard you and fell in love” and “I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh” as well as “Yours is a voice we all need to hear.” Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.

A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have “audience choice” awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest in 2013, the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.

Ellis contributed her song, “You Are Royalty To Me” 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.

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Ellis # 4- 300 dpi credit - Jake Jacobson(.jpg)Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I have been blessed with many strong women in my life, including my granny (the inspiration for my song), my mother, my partner and my daughter. Women are leaders, creators, and inspirations to me.  I’m excited to be a part of any project that champions the health,happiness, and safety of women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I long for a world where my daughter can grow up and be seen and respected as an equal human being, safe from all objectification and abuse. A world where she can be free.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

I think music is a powerful tool. It can open people’s hearts and move them. That is how I believe all change and real connection is created; through open-heartedness.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

I think the first step is to look at how we treat ourselves and others. Not just in our interactions, but also how we speak about others in our songs. Unfortunately we live in a culture that often treats women and girls as objects. What we need are leaders who challenge that.

 

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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.

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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Ellen Bukstel

As part of  The Pixel Projects 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 eleventh featured artiste is Ellen Bukstel. Hailed by Pop Star and Social Activist Michael Bolton as “An Amazing Artist And Spirit,” Ellen Bukstel challenges her listeners to laugh, dig deep and embrace the wild emotional rollercoaster we call life with every daring turn of phrase…a rare, bold, real deal maverick, a multi-faceted break the mold original who lays her emotions bare, puts her passions on the line and, without fear, makes the world perk up and pay attention with straight talking, heart on her sleeve, from her soul to yours lyrics.. From hilariously funny to moving compositions of love, remembrance, and social awareness, her songs always hit home. She has been recognised with 14 international fundraising awards for her music videos with songs that have collectively have helped to raise close to a hundred million dollars for community causes such as Housing the Homeless, Human Rights, Helping people with Alzheimers and Children with Wide Spectrum Autism and Raising Awareness about Domestic Violence.

Ellen contributed her song, “You’re Not Better Than Me” 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.

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Ellen BukstelTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project.

Back in 2005, there was no other issue captured my attention more, at that time, than the tragedy and proliferation of domestic violence (DV) in my community and the country and world.  I was fired up and raring to take on the world and so, to arrest and calm my frustration, I wrote my song – an anti-domestic violence called “You’re Not Better Than Me,” and through several DV organisations it has helped to raise hundred of thousands of dollars for DV outreach and education.

I have been speaking and singing AGAINST domestic violence and FOR empowerment of women for many years and I was delighted, through 30/30/30 , to have the opportunity to share my song with women who might be comforted or empowered by the music and lyrics and the intention of my song.

All of the artistes in 30/30/30 have made a commitment to speaking out and that is what music does. It crosses all boundries of race, skin color, religious and spiritual beliefs and socio-economics. We are all PEOPLE who deserve respect and to be safe in the world.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Knowing that violent acts and injustices happen to women all around the world makes it everyone’s responsibility to speak out. By being silent we give our consent! Speaking out, or in my case “singing out” is my personal way of helping to educate and to change laws that will make perpetrators accountable and demand protection of women’s rights by enforcing those laws.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music and songs have historically been a unifying force amidst the sometimes turbulent movements of social change. They have had a universal way of bringing awareness about many things. They have shaped our world. The Pixel Project’s 30/30/30 project recognises the commitment of singer-songwriters who are trying to positively influence our culture with their fearless social activism and unwavering commitment to peace and positive change

Music is my way of speaking out against the oppression and injustice. We live in a male dominated world with cultures that, for generations, have perpetuated violent customs and crimes against women. Education and protective laws are important to foster changing attitudes towards women. The more we teach our children at a young age to respect life and family and one another, the more we foster independence and positive self esteem as they grow into adults.

What actions can music artists take to help end violence against women?

If I could do ONE thing through my song to help, I would say to every women that they are “beautiful” and “vital” and “intelligent” and to say to anyone and everyone who tries to minimise their worth: ”You’re Not Better Than Me!”

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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.

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