Noel Paul Stookey – of the 60’s folk trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Jerry Springer have teamed up to find Cincinnati’s most talented activist songwriters.
Finalists participate in a special podcast, hosted by Jerry Springer, and including special guest Noel Paul Stookey and his daughter, Liz Stookey Sunde.
Organized by the national charity Music 2 Life, Cincinnati’s Activist Musician Talent Search attracted dozens of local artists. Representing diverse genres, these artists have formed creative, music-driven concepts around a multitude of issues that challenge Cincinnati including: gun violence, women’s issues, environmental devastation, homelessness and drug abuse.
According to Sunde, Music2Life’s vision is to encourage these artists as change agents and help them connect them with nonprofits, offering their music to help raise awareness, alleviate suffering and empower the most vulnerable citizens. A single grand prize winner will receive $5k for their musical change concept and $5k in technical assistance from Music2Life; remaining finalists will receive cash awards for their music and social justice efforts.
Review Panelists for this activist musician search included: Noel Paul Stookey, Bootsy Collins, Ed Sawicki (Cincy Blues Society), Courtney Phoenicia (Cincy Music), Ashley Maclin (WIZF FM) and Clara Stryker (Inhaler Radio).
The four Finalists are: Casey Campbell & Krystal Peterson (Americana; new soundtrack for civil rights), K-drama – Regis Jones (Rap/Hip Hop; youth empowerment/anti-violence), Sean Geil & the Tillers (Folk/Americana; environment), and Jordana Greenberg (Americana/Folk/Classical; suicide prevention).
This inspiring event includes a performance from Stookey (including a duet with Springer), reflections on music’s power to make change, and lively musical and concept presentations from the new award winning artists. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these and other national activist artists through Music to Life: gofundme.com/musictolife.
Music to Life has spent years developing activism through music by facilitating creative partnerships with nonprofits and artists. While Cincinnati was part of Peter, Paul & Mary’s tour circuit, this visit launches Music to Life’s talent search to build a network of activist artists around the country. “I grew up in the midwest”, says Stookey who went to highschool and college in Michigan, “Cincinnati was a ‘welcome home’ stop for me on the Peter, Paul and Mary tours. I’m not surprised to find such talent and social consciousness here.”
Jerry gives some perspective on the optimism that began the 60’s and the tumultuous events that followed. How Peter, Paul, & Mary brought social justice and anti-war music to main street. The impact of music on our culture. Introduction to Noel “Paul” Stookey.
Noel performs “One And Many”, “Impeachable”, and “Blowing In the Wind” a duet with Jerry. He discusses the power of music, vulnerability, and the major seventh chord.