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The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – Adam Web, USA

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 second featured artiste is Adam Web. Adam Web = optimistic acoustic funk. Though living in Philadelphia, PA, his career began about 10,000 miles across the world in Australia.  It was here, while studying abroad, that Adam began writing of his inspiring travels and experiences. The music that emerged was shaped with percussive guitar grooves, soulful vocals, and spiritually conscious sentiment. With his rootsy approach he has drawn comparisons to such contemporaries as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Jason Mraz, but still maintains a definitive sound of his own. This sound has made its way across the U.S with his last album “Once We Were Stars” being played on over 100 college radio stations in 2010.  It also caught the ears of 2 major TV networks, as his single “Standstill” was used in an episode of MTV’s “The Real World Las Vegas (2011)” and his song “Life is My Play” was used on Oxygen’s “The  Bad Girls Club (2011)”.  Through multiple tours, Adam has performed in 14 states across the country including such festivals as South by Southwest  (Austin, TX) and Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA).  He has performed at such prominent venues as the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, TN and MilkboyPhilly in Philadelphia, PA. Follow Adam’s updates and videos on Facebook and 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.

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no-35Tell 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 Adam Web and I am an optimistic singer/songwriter from Philadelphia, PA.  My music is hopeful and spiritually conscious. I have amazing women in my life in my wife, mother, mother in law, grandmother, nieces, and countless aunts.

When I think about the injustices and cruelty that many women across the world must endure, I ask myself “what if that happened to the people that I love in my immediate circle of family and friends?”  That thought brings about a feeling that we are all connected and if one person or one group of people is hurting, then the world is hurting.

I chose to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert, because music is my voice, and I would like to contribute my voice to help bring awareness to these issues.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

I think that when we envision any of the important women in our lives in danger, our protective nature kicks in. If we can expand these feelings beyond our immediate families and friends to that of all woman across the world, amazing things can happen. Ultimately I feel that a shift in consciousness changes the world and I want to be a part of that change. I want to help restore balance in this world, and that cannot happen if women are suppressed and harmed.

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

If you are trying to spread a message that needs to reach many nations and languages, you’ll need to have something that can universally speak to everyone. I believe that music bridges these gaps.  Even if the lyrics are written in a specific language, the music, melodies, and emotion felt in the delivery of the song can speak volumes to the listener. We can raise awareness about the issue of violence against women through this universal language.

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

Musicians can use their voice. They can weave their message throughout their songs and use their story telling abilities to help people relate to what they are saying. They can raise awareness that this issue exists all over the world spanning all cultures and races. Starting a conversation is such an important step in beginning the healing process for an issue like ending violence against women. The more we talk, the more opportunities there are for creating solutions and music can be the spark that get’s people talking.

The “Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert” Interview – AHMIR, USA

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 first featured artist is AHMIR, The Pixel Project’s YouTube ambassador. As featured in Us Weekly, Billboard, Vibe.com and AOL Entertainment, AHMIR is the #1 Most Popular R&B Group on YouTube with over 70 million video views and comments by celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Perez Hilton, P!nk and more. The group has used their success to bring awareness to charity organisations including Lucy’s Love Bus, Haiti Relief Fund, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, YMCA, The Pixel Project, and Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Their cover video of P!nk’s “Perfect” was named one of the top Anti-Bullying PSA’s by The Huffington Post. Follow AHMIR’s updates and videos on Facebook and YouTube.  AHMIR is now signed to Robbins Entertainment and have just released their debut single entitled “WAR” to Top 40 radio nationwide. “WAR” is available now for purchase on iTunes.

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.

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IMG_3628_color_compressedTell us about yourself and why you have decided to take part in The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert.

Sing-SingAs a popular music artist on YouTube and ambassador to The Pixel Project, we believe we are blessed with the responsibility to send a global message to raise awareness about violence against women. It is our hope that The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert will be an extraordinary way to empower and strengthen the spirits of victims and survivors of violence against women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?                                            

KC: When I was a kid, I witnessed domestic violence in my home. The situation caused me to feel unsafe. I grew up with the notion that violence was not only tolerated, but accepted in my family. As I reached my teen years and watched the females in my family battle such violence, I began to realize that just because a person is physically stronger than you, it does not give them the right to enforce their will against you. I understand how a man treats a young woman early on in life will affect them for the rest of their life. It is important that we teach young men how to treat women properly.

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

Mr. Jones: The powers of melody and harmony have the ability to compliment the sentiment behind just words. Words can definitely be powerful, but music helps to amplify the message that is being communicated.  Music is a powerful, powerful tool.  Unfortunately, it’s a tool that is often used to convey messages that aren’t crucial to human growth.

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

Big Mike: Musicians have a captive audience that listen to the words sung in their songs. The songs move your mind and soul to laugh, cry, dance, etc.  Therefore, musicians should feel it is a privilege to use their unique talents to help raise awareness to end violence against women. You don’t need to change the world, but you have a special platform to perhaps help one young woman out there who is crying inside with pain and feeling hopeless. You can help be that beacon of light to show them that there are supporters and people who care and want you to be a survivor.

ANNOUNCEMENT: THE MUSIC FOR PIXELS SUMMER CHARITY CONCERT

m4p-summer-charity-concert2015-slide (3)May 6th 2015, WORLDWIDE: The Pixel Project, the virtual volunteer-led 501(c)3 non-profit working to end Violence Against Women (VAW) worldwide, will be presenting their first ever Music For Pixels Summer Charity Concert to kick off summer 2015. This concert is a live-streaming 12-hour positive music marathon on Google Hangout featuring 23 artists from 5 countries (Barbados, Canada, Sweden, the UK and the USA) saying NO to VAW with their music and helping raise funds for the cause.

The concert will run non-stop from 10am EST – 10pm EST on June 6th 2015 and will be divided into 6 two-hour sessions that will run consecutively. Each session will feature 4 artists performing a set of their songs and talking about why they support ending violence against women. Each artiste’s slot also includes a moderated Q&A session for artists’ fans and music lovers to ask them questions live.

The Music For Pixels concert is part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels program in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign. The Pixel Reveal campaign aims to raise US$1 million in aid of the U.S.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project by inspiring the global audience to collectively reveal a million-pixel collage of mystery Celebrity Male Role Model portraits online by donating US$1 per pixel. The distinguished line-up of mystery Celebrity Male Role Models includes a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, and a superstar Environmentalist.

Participating artists have generously donated a range of exclusive musical goodies to encourage music fans to donate to the Pixel Reveal campaign including: 1-to-1 Skype concerts with artists, autographed CDs and EPs, and more. In addition, Grammy Award winner Colbie Caillat has donated an autographed ukulele that will be available as a thank you gift for one generous donor. Donations begin at as little as US$5 and the goodies are available to donors as “thank you” perks depending on the donation amount. Fundraising will take place throughout the month of June on Indiegogo in tandem with the concert .

Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project, said: “This is the first time that a 12-hour charity concert has ever been held on Google Hangout with artists performing songs with themes including women’s empowerment, compassion, love, and courage. Through the music, and also the concert hashtag #GetNoisy, we hope that the concert will not only inspire legions of music fans to rise up and speak out against violence against women in their communities, but also take action in their communities and give generously to the Pixel Reveal campaign. We look forward to doing so with the support of our YouTube Music Ambassador, AHMIR; and our music partner, the Positive Music Association.”

Scott Johnson, Founder and Executive Director of the Positive Music Association (PMA) said: “Empowering women and treating them with kindness and respect is critical in creating healthy societies. What better way to raise awareness of this global issue than through the international language of music? The PMA is proud to be a part of The Pixel Project’s Music For Pixels Summer Marathon Concert.”

AHMIR, The Pixel Project’s long-time YouTube Ambassador who will be kicking off the concert with a special 45-minute performance and chat session, said: “This is really an exciting experience for us. To know that we are joining 22 other artists, both from the U.S. and abroad, to unite for a 12-hour concert that can be viewed anywhere in the world to support a message we feel so strongly about is awesome. This is how you make a difference.”

This year’s Music For Pixels artists performing at the concert are: AHMIR, Adam Web, Alexis Umathum, Bob Sima, Carolan Deacon, Cecilia St. King, Debbie Reifer, Eva Universe, Haley Blais, Hannah Wondmeneh, Harold Payne, Jake Roque, Jana Stanfield, Juliet Weybret, Katie Sky, Lauren Ruth Ward, L. Young, Mary Scholz, Miguel Dakota, Nathen Aswell, Olivia Thai, Rochelle Diamante, and ULRIKA.

 

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For information about the concert, please visit: http://is.gd/GetNoisy2015

For further queries about the concert, contact Regina Yau or Maria del Rio: info@thepixelproject.net

Pixel Project ThumbnailAbout The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women using the power of the internet and pop culture/the arts. Their flagship initiative is the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign which aims to turbo-charge global awareness about VAW using social media while raising US$1 million by getting a global audience to collectively unveil a million-pixel mystery collage of Celebrity Male Role Models at US$1 per pixel.

 

Music For Pixels ThumbnailAbout Music For Pixels (http://music4pixels.thepixelproject.net)

Music For Pixels, a campaign by The Pixel Project, is the first music-based social media campaign to exclusively collaborate with YouTube artists and rising stars speaking up to prevent and stop Violence Against Women through music video PSAs and online music events while raising funds for the cause via digital music downloads and music-driven crowdfunding campaigns

 

 

New PMA logoAbout the Positive Music Association (http://www.PositiveMusicAssociation.com)

The Positive Music Association is an international organisation dedicated to promoting Positive music and those who create it. Positive music is defined as lyric-based songs with universal, life-affirming messages. Positive music can inspire, heal, uplift, empower, energize, unite and enlighten. It is used to help create and awaken people to a more peaceful, sustainable and healthy world that works for everyone. Founded in 2003, the PMA has over 375 members in 12 countries. For more information, contact Scott@PositiveMusicAssociation.com.

 

About AHMIR (www.youtube.com/ahmirTV)  

AHMIR_YouTube_LogoFeatured on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Us Weekly, FUSE, and Billboard, AHMIR is the #1 Most Popular R&B Group on YouTube with over 75 million video views and comments by celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Ashton Kutcher, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and more. Yahoo! listed them as the “Top 5 YouTube Cover Artists:  The Best Acts You Should Be Listening To Today.” The group has used their success to support several charity organizations including The Pixel Project, Lucy’s Love Bus, and the American Cancer Society. Their cover video of P!nk’s “Perfect” was named one of the top Anti-Bullying PSA’s by The Huffington Post. AHMIR is signed to Robbins Entertainment and have recently released their debut single entitled “WAR” to Top 40 radio nationwide.

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Troy Horne

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 twenty-sixth featured artiste is Troy Horne. Musician Troy Horne has starred in the Broadway show RENT, NBC’s The Sing Off, the ION Networks Firebrand TV, and he has written music for the film Thug Angel – A Tupac Shakur Documentary.  Troy has appeared on Starsearch, on multiple records as a lead and background singer, and has toured the world.  These global musical experiences and relationships grew a desire in Troy to create positive music that makes everybody’s lives better.

Troy contributed his song “Miracles”, 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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Troy Horne

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

Why did I want to be a part of The Pixel Project? Well, there are a couple of reasons, but the main reason is that I believe in the betterment of the human community and a higher human consciousness.

What does that mean? It means I hope that together we can learn how to love and care for each other in a way that makes this, our global community, one of compassion and non-violence.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending violence against all people is important to me. I am for ending violence, period. I feel like any effort or energy devoted to peace is an effort and energy that I want to be a part of.

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

In my opinion, music, media, and all forms of  human expression can help us move towards peace if directed in that way. The important thing is to provide the world with more messages of peace and happiness through music and art. I am honoured to be a small part of that shifting in human consciousness.

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

I think that artists, by creating art with a message of peace and compassion, can add to the collective thought process on how the world can and should be. It is our duty as thought custodians to mould and shape the collective human consciousness towards one of peace and compassion, and I am grateful to be a part of a group devoted to doing 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 – Tori-Lynn

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 twenty-fifth featured artiste is ToRi-LyNN (born Tori Lynn Jones) has performed for many live audiences as a young aspiring pop artist. Her most recent performances have been at Sun Life Stadium in front of 17,000 people for Dan Marino’s Walk For Autism, the grand opening game for the newly built Marlins Park Stadium with invitation from Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and Camp Jam where she has performed for as many as 6,000 kids. She has also gained exposure being seen performing at various venues and events for the South Florida & Dade County Fairs, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and many American Cancer Society Relay For Life charity events. Her involvement with Relay For Life has also earned her an award entitled, “Certificate of Appreciation”, in recognition for her commitment, dedication and support for the 2011 Relay For Life, which was presented to her at Florida Memorial University. 

Tori-Lynn has debuted two of her own original singles, “Labyrinth of Love” & “Nobody But Me“. Some of her major influences and support have been her family, close friends, and most importantly, her fans. However, Tori-Lynn’s biggest influence and inspiration has been her younger brother, Glenn, who battles a very rare genetic disease called Cystinosis, for whom she had dedicated her first single, “Labyrinth of Love” to. She hopes to be well known enough to the whole world one day to help spread the word about this rare life threatening, incurable disease, and to help people be aware and support this cause. Tori-Lynn believes that determination and hard work is the key to success, and she’s ready to share her talent with the world. Follow Tori-Lynn on Facebook and Twitter, or check out her videos on YouTube

Tori-Lynn contributed her cover of Sara Bareilles’s “Brave”, 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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Tori Lynn

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

My name is ToRi-LyNN. I am a 17 year old up-and-coming artist who lives in the South Florida area. I’ve performed for many live audiences as a young aspiring pop artist. My most recent performances have been with Tunes For Tots in raising funds for the Make A Wish Foundation, Sun Life Stadium in front of 17,000 people for Dan Marino’s Walk For Autism, the grand opening game for the newly built Marlins Park Stadium with invitation from Gloria and  Emilio Estefan, and Camp Jam where I’ve performed for as many as 6,000 kids. I have also gained exposure being seen performing at various venues and events for the South Florida and Dade County Fairs, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, and many American Cancer Society Relay For Life charity events.

As you can see, I have done many different charity events and have shown my support, as an artist, for many different organisations. This is who I am, and this is what I love to do. I have decided to take part in the Pixel Project because I feel strongly for the cause, and truly believe in what they are trying to accomplish.

Violence against women needs to end! I hear far too many women and teen age girls going through this, and I want to help take a stand against it. It’s an outrage to me, and it just needs to stop!

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

This is important to me because I hear way too much of this going on with women and teenage girls. I have also had a couple of my friends go through some sort of violent act, whether it be mental or physical abuse. I see the way teenage boys are treating girls today, and it’s as though they are not as respectful as they should be. I feel if it starts with them being disrespectful, it will just escalate from there.

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

Music ALWAYS sends a message, and I feel it’s the best way to get our point across. People listen to music every day, and in my eyes, it is the best way to voice out your emotions for everything and anything in life.

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

Many actions can be taken and accomplished with music to help end violence against women. Music is the soundtrack of our lives. Music says it all in such a way that people want to listen over and over again. Music expresses our feelings and gets our point across worldwide. Music always makes a difference and voices out our emotions in what we are trying to say and do. So with that being said, I feel music is the most productive way to promote a cause and get results.

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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 – Teri Rambo

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 twenty-fourth featured artiste is Teri Rambo. Part confessor, part philosopher and all heart, Teri Rambo writes and sings with bittersweet transparency, disarming sincerity and a wink of good humor. Teri’s distinct vocal sound was featured in the Barrymore award-winning production of In the Next Room or the vibrator play (2011 – Wilma Theater, Philadelphia PA). Her song Say Something won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 New England Songwriting Competition. Teri’s debut album, Say Something, released 12/13/13, represents the best of two decades’ original writing. Follow Teri on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube

Teri contributed her song, “Gone Too Soon” 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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Teri Rambo

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

I am a singer/songwriter and mom to an eight year old girl.  Naturally, I oppose any kind of violence toward women and girls and was honoured to be included in the 30/30/30 project!  If my song softens even one heart or inspires one person into action to protect the rights of women, what a gift to the world!

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Needless to say, women and girls deserve the respect and human rights afforded to men and boys.  Every oppressor has a mother to whom he owes his life. Violence against or control of women is the ultimate insult and injustice.  The world is in need of so much healing and defending the rights of women and girls is a fine place to start.

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

Music has a way of touching hearts and inspiring action…it is a language that is often able to penetrate where words alone cannot.  Music helps people to feel, connect and relate, and this is a powerful tool for spreading the message of anti-violence while honouring women and girls.

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

As artists, we can donate our music, time and talent to organisations that benefit women and girls.  We can dig deeply and create work that brings people together and helps us relate to each other.  As a female artist, just by sharing my music with the world, I can inspire other women and girls to let their lights shine and share their hearts and truths with the world.

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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 – Shane Cooley & Paulo Franco

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 twenty-third featured artistes are Shane Cooley and Paulo Franco

Shane grew up in rural Virginia, where he soon found solace in music.  By the time he was 13, he was already performing live. After graduating with a BA in English at The College of William and Mary, he took to the road, booking his own tours solo and in collaboration with other artists across the United States.  Shane also did a tour in Europe, covering Germany, The Netherlands and England.  In September he re-located from Virginia to the Austin, Texas, where he’s always making music. Follow Shane on Facebook or check out his videos on YouTube

Paulo is a Richmond, Virginia based singer/songwriter, whose music has been featured on radio stations in Richmond, WNRN in Charlottesville, and Hampton Roads, VA.  His music draws heavily from influences like Steve Earle, the Gram Parsons inspired music of the Rolling Stones, and The Grateful Dead. The music tells tales of love and loss, introspection and redemption, and the journey that is life itself. Head on over to Paulo’s website for more information.

Shane and Paulo contributed his song, “Married In A Black Dress” 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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Shane Cooley and Paulo Franco

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

Shane: I’ve been writing songs and making music most of my life, and have pretty much been on the road since I graduated college in 2010.  I grew up in rural Virginia, and recently I re-positioned myself in Austin, TX, where I am putting finishing touches on my upcoming solo album.  I met my friend Paulo Franco when I was spending time in Richmond, and we recently released an EP of co-writes, including “Married in a Black Dress,” which we chose to use as our contribution to the 30/30/30 Campaign.

Paulo and I both believe in the power of song, and I’ve seen music perform miracles on many occasions throughout my travels.  We hope our small contribution to this cause inspires and uplifts.  Violence against anyone is senseless, and we are in an era that has no excuse for not being self-aware of right and wrong.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Shane: I personally support this campaign to end violence against women because I feel like it is my duty as an artist to report the human condition.  I don’t underestimate the power of art and song, and I hope this project not only reaches its goals, but that it reaches women everywhere with inspiration and empowerment.

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

Shane: I’m more convinced than ever that those who create can have a world of influence on others. Art doesn’t have to be blatant to affect someone, but the message has to be there. I write about a variety of things, but what my songs mean to me doesn’t matter nearly as much as the interpretations others draw from them. We artists tend to be intimidated by things like the music industry and the games within, but when it comes down to it, touching the life of someone in need is more important than any record deal.  Keep making art for the humanity of it… that’s why it exists in the first place.

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

Shane: There is too much beauty in the world to sit back and allow the ugly to reign.  I commend every artist who is involved in this for their empathy and strength to take action.

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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 – Pete Ahonen

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 twenty-second featured artiste is Pete Ahonen. Pete is an East Bay native / singer-songwriter — pairing his blend of ‘alt-country / folk-rock’ with an incredible knack for storytelling. Pete says: “When I was a kid , maybe just 5 years old, I was obsessed with this little push-button guitar. It only played ‘twinkle twinkle little star’ but every time I hit that button I felt like Jimi Hendrix! My mom gave me the guitar that she used to mess around with in high school and the obsession is still going! I’ve played everything from intense studio sessions, to festivals, to Jam bands… My favorite moments in life are being part of the music while its happening. Its almost like your not playing music, but you are the music!” To find out more about Pete, follow him on Facebook

Pete contributed his song, “Picture In My Pocket” 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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Pete Ahonen

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

I am a songwriter from the Bay Area, California. I originally wanted to be a part of the pixel project because I’d written a song pertaining to slavery and hoped it could be used in some way to help.

Your heart and your music together have a way of becoming stagnant if you’re just thinking about yourself all the time. You see all these musicians who make a lot of money, who have big record contracts, and who are just too self-focused. I believe that we weren’t created this way – we were made to give pieces of ourselves back to others and I hope this song can do that in some way.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Violence against women is far too accepted in our male dominated culture – people are affected everywhere, they’re scared and full of fear. I see it all the time, in my neighbourhood. People do things because it was done to them. If you see it in your house when you’re growing up, it’s so easy to continue that trend in your life. You’re not even conscious of it. If you’re living your life in fear, you’re not being all that you could be; you’re not doing what you could be doing, because you’re afraid. It steals your potential, it steals your right to love and be loved in the way you’re meant to. It’s not a predestined thing though, and the cycle can be undone. We can be whoever we want to be in life. It’s in the way we live, the way we are and the way we treat other people.

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

Everywhere around the world women in particular are victims of violence of some form. We need to give people the right information, skills and opportunities to take action when women’s rights are violated or compromised.  With music, there’s a way to reach people that you may not normally reach, I mean, everyone listens to music. Music can help end violence because the words and melodies can influence and challenge the soul.

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

Artists and performers should carry their strong anti -violent messages to the ears of the people who follow them… and word spreads like wildfire. You want all people to have access to this information. It affects all walks of life to different degrees. Musicians can help because they have an outlet that others don’t have, and when people hear music that they relate to, it confirms how they feel and gives them hope or brings some fight back in them. If you can create a song that brings a shot of vigour into the life of somebody who needs it, in my opinion, you’ve done your job.

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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 – Scott Johnson

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 twenty-first featured artiste is Scott Johnson. Scott is the Executive Director of the Positive Music Association which he co-founded in 2003, an international organization promoting positive music artists and positive music as a distinct genre of music. Positive music is defined as music of all styles with universal, life-affirming messages.  In 2012, Scott founded World Singing Day in an effort to bring the world together through song. In 2013, he received the Kathy Gee Award for Outstanding Support of Positive Music. He has released 6 CDs of his own music, from children’s music and a special CD for hospice to positive pop/rock music.  Scott is also a life coach, graphic designer, and author. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and their two college-age daughters. To find out more about Scott and Positive Music Association, click here

Scott contributed his song, “Right This Moment” 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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Scott JohnsonTell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

As a songwriter of life-affirming music, and the founder of the Positive Music Association and World Singing Day, I know the power that music has to empower and uplift people. The Pixel Project also knows the power of music and is wisely using it to stop violence against women around the globe. It was a natural fit for me to be involved in this wonderful campaign.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I’m married to a healthy, confident woman and together, we have raised two bright, independent daughters. Violence against women is not only wrong, it makes it difficult for women to live out their full potential and contribute fully to society. We need healthy, strong girls and women for humanity to thrive.

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

Music is the international language. It speaks to people of all cultures and nationalities. By promoting music that empowers and uplifts people, especially girls and women, we are paving the way for more healthy thoughts and attitudes toward women to take hold in our societies.

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

Sing about it. Write songs about the issue. Through their lyrics, artists can help girls and women have new beliefs about themselves that are empowering. Popular artists especially need to lead the way in sending positive messages to girls and women.

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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 – 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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