You Sing, I Write: Help Rebuild New Orleans With Josh Charles

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Help Rebuild New Orleans With Josh Charles

Some of you may remember singer-songwriter Josh Charles from my "Artist of the Week" feature a few months ago as well as my blog anniversary bash last month at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Since then, Josh has been busy working on song, "Healing Time," partnering with Amazon and Tunecore for the release, which benefits the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

Having a deep love for New Orleans, Josh was in the process of making New Orleans his home when Katrina hit. Scheduled to record the very next day at Ultrasonic Studios, the studio was destroyed by the storm, resulting in Josh leaving New Orleans on one of the last buses to Houston.

In December 2005, just three months after the devastation of Katrina, Josh went back to New Orleans to record at Piety Street, the only recording studio left after the storm. While there, he went on a congressional pass tour of the Lower 9th Ward, allowing him to see sections that were not open to the public. Moved by the devastation, he wrote "Healing Time" in an effort to bring light in a time of darkness to people’s lives affected by Katrina.

Visiting New Orleans again in 2006, performing at Jazz Fest and Piano Night, Josh was shocked at how little had been done. This is where the idea for "Healing Time" comes in.

All proceeds for "Healing Time" will go to Make It Right which helps build green, sustainable homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. You can help Josh and Make It Right by downloading the song on Amazon here for less than a cup of coffee. The goal is 150,000 downloads by New Year's Eve which will raise enough money to build a new home for a family in New Orleans.

I just downloaded my MP3 of "Healing Time." Did you?

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