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Lindsey Jo Hand realized her love for writing and sharing information at a very young age. Over the years, she has worked as a journalist, a technical writer, and has done some academic writing as well. Lindsey is also a professor of communications for American Military University. During her spare time, she teaches guitar and piano lessons to children, which is one of her greatest joys. She also enjoys volunteering with Hippo Associates or the Southeastern Greyhound Association, making music, exercising, painting, and doing anything outdoors. She also loves spending time with her family, friends, and her dog and two cats.

Proceeds From Alice BrightSky’s ReverbNation Sales To Benefit Half The Sky

Up and coming NYC singer/songwriter Alice BrightSky is not only making waves with her melodic, heartfelt tunes, she is also giving back through her music. Alice has chosen to work with Half The Sky, an organization that aims to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide and turn that oppression into opportunity.

(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

Half of the proceeds made from Alice’s new LP, Box of Me, purchased on ReverbNation will go to the charity. Half The Sky tackles sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality head on, providing real solutions to real problems faced by women all over the globe.

Aside from proceeds going to a wonderful cause being a good reason to purchase the album, Box of Me is worth every penny in itself. BrightSky’s sound is eclectic but beautiful and crosses genres by blending folk, electronica, soul, R&B, rock, and funk. Her lyrics are thoughtful and tell a story. Below are some of Alice BrightSky’s remarks on her music and working with Half The Sky.

(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

Q: How did you become affiliated with Half the Sky, and what inspired you to work with the organization?
A: I have been a member of ReverbNation for a couple years now, and when I put out my album this past May, I saw they offered the opportunity to donate a portion of music proceeds to a few different charities.  Half The Sky really struck a chord with me. In our hectic, modern lives it’s easy to feel removed from what may seem like random atrocities in far off places we hear only murmurs of in the news.  But organizations like Half The Sky are working on raising awareness that the subjugation of women and girls, rape and other forms of abuse actually happen with surprising regularity and predictability in some areas of the world.  They make it harder to ignore and feel okay about not contributing to the movement for change.

Q: Half of the proceeds from ReverbNation are going to Half the Sky, which is awesome. Are you involved with the nonprofit in other ways?
A: I am not involved at this time beyond contributing proceeds from sales, but it is definitely on my radar for other ways in which I might be able to help in the future.  I have a long history of working with causes that I believe in like the NY Civil Rights Coalition, Habitat For Humanity, and Musicians on Call.   Donating some proceeds to Half The Sky is so simple it seemed silly not to do.
(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

(Photo credit: www.alicebrightsky.com)

Q: What is the song writing process like for you?

A: It starts with a feeling.  I begin playing guitar progressions and melodies that I think best conveys that feeling.  At the same time I develop lyrics and a storyline which, articulate the source of the emotion I started with, and usually by the end of the song the feeling has made a journey and I, along with the song, are in a new place.  So, that is to say, it’s a very cathartic process for me.
Q: For our readers who may not have heard your music yet, how would you describe your sound?
A: I would say its highly emotive and at times raw.  I straddle the rock, folk and pop genres but also have elements of jazz and R&B that weave their way in occasionally.  I’m influenced by a wide array of artists, both old and new, including Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, some jazz icons (Ella, Sara, Mose, Chet) Bjork and Aimee Mann, to name a few.

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