Voices of the Children wrote -
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
~ Mother Theresa ~
Voices of the Children – is a nonprofit organization, based in the USA, focused on pairing teens worldwide in collaborative arts projects to promote social and global awareness and create positive change. Currently focused on American and Syrian refugee youth, Voices of the Children has lead collaborative film-making, photography, art, theater and music workshops amongst youth from both cultures. The results from these collaborations have been overwhelmingly successful in breaking cultural stereotypes and creating beautiful relationships.
Luc and the Lovingtons - are a World-Soul-Reggae band based out of the Pacific Northwest with roots also in South America. Known for their raucous live shows and authentic, powerful message, the Lovingtons’ songs cut to the core in the likes of artists such as Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder and India Arie. They come with a sincerity and class that leaves all listeners touched with an undeniable feel-good-ness. Rich vocal harmonies embedded in a jambalaya of Roots Reggae, Afro Pop, Motown and Soul, Luc and the Lovingtons are truly an inspiring and refreshing group that has sent their love around the world and back, and continues to receive the love and warmth of fans from all walks of life.
“...one of my new favorite groups, I think they’re one of the most heart-centered bands out there today.”
About the project
Reflecting on this year’s American election cycle, hearing the language being used and being in the middle east seeing the refugee crisis first hand we have so much we want to say. Not to support one candidate over another or make a suggestion for whom to vote. Rather, to remind the world we all share the same fundamental need and desire for love. Unity makes us stronger, hate is divisive and virtuous for no one. This music video can say it in a much deeper way and can reach the root of our consciousness to awaken that place where the most sweet and natural human love exists.
“Why would you not want to see somebody shine?” The opening line of Welcome to my House by Luc and the Lovingtons sets the tone for the entire song and music video. Asking any kid what “Home” means to them we always hear the same answers regardless of their physical location or culture. They tell us it means love, joy, peace, understanding, community and safety knowing you’re surrounded by people who love and care for your well-being. These are the same themes that emerge regardless of where we are and with whom we speak. If we’re all brothers and sisters sharing the same home, why would you NOT want to see somebody shine?
Welcome to My House music video features teens from Mount Vernon, WA and Syrian refugee youth in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan. In addition to being featured visually, they can be heard singing on track in both Arabic and English. Footage for the video will be shot in Seattle and the Skagit Valley of Washington state USA as well as sites throughout Jordan including the Za’atari Refugee Camp, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman showcasing the beauty location and welcoming each other to their respective home.
The total budget for this music video is
We have received donations and services totaling
Remaining balance needed to fully fund this project:
The remaining balance needed will fund:
- Equipment rental
- Post Production
Music is recorded and complete
Filming in Jordan takes place late August 2016
Filming in Washington State takes place early September 2016
Editing and effects take place late September 2016
MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED EARLY OCTOBER 2016
The band - Luc and the Lovingtons: www.lucandthelovingtons.com
Director – Moe Najati: www.moenajati.com
Cinematographer – Thomas Simon: www.thomassimondp.com
Producer – Aaron Wagner: www.votchildren.org
Camera Man – Glen Shackley: http://www.glenshackley.com