“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.
I ventured out of my pond over a year ago. I put my tiny boat in a new river and made a commitment to stay in and see every inch of where this river was taking me. I have lived on the road for now over 14 months and have loved every minute. And from that deep commitment, that letting go of everything that was familiar, I not only discovered a passion in this life, but a purpose that uses every part of who I am. A discovery about my work in the world that looked nothing like I had imagined yet embodied everything I love: Children, Giving, Film, Music, Travel and Collaboration.
My partnership with Richard Gannaway, AO Music and Arcturian Gate has not only “re-seeded” my life with a new kind of hope, a bigger version of myself and a certainty that love is why we are all here, but it has allowed me to meet people all over the world, reach out to children in need and enroll countless others in expressing their own talents and gifts in aligning with us on the journey of Music married to Cause.
This year we established our non-profit agency, AO Foundation International. Through our music, our connection with children and their families who live in hardship around the world, we are giving back to these children who make our music what it is and we are aligning with several other non-profits who give generously to helping those in need. AO Music also gives 100% of its profits to cause.
This Christmas season is amplified by the ending of the Mayan Calendar, amd a potential for love and unity around the world is at it’s zenith. On Facebook this week I see a surge of hope, love and gratitude flowing far more freely. Each of us are being called to use our energy with intention and focus on giving, gratitude and love – from working with your hands, making music, feeding people to giving financial resources.
We are developing all the channels for giving with our new 501c3. Now we can offer all of you who give to AO through our foundation, a tax deduction that can benefit you as your generous support financially will launch rockets of love into the lives of so many. We are rapidly building a financial village who make this important work happen.
AO Foundation International needs your financial help to put this vessel of love into an ocean of causes, which is why we make music. Please help us during this amazing time by donating generously. Not only will you receive a tax deduction, but we have a generous list of exclusive prizes for your donations.
AO starts the new year with the release of their fourth album, production of a full-feature documentary series and a live performance in Italy. We are eager for you to join our family, follow us on this amazing journey and participate in ways that inspire you. Look for updates as all our work of love manifests. What an extraordinary time we live in!
Co-Founder, AO Foundation International
Some beautiful faces from a tiny village in Nepal!
AO Foundation International is now officially certified as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Break out the champagne! …Now let’s get on with the business of sheltering, clothing, feeding and educating these little lanterns from around the planet, some of whom you will hear on AOMUSIC’s upcoming album “Hokule’a”!
AO Foundation International and AOMUSIC are proud to align with the vision and efforts of these two brilliant organizations. They each demonstrate to the world how to BE THE CHANGE in beautifully original and innovative ways. Please take a moment to peruse their sites and consider donating to their effectiveness. Thank you, Bless you!
AOMUSIC is on the Grammy ballot for the second time in three years. The list of nominees will be announced in early Dec.
HELP US HOLD THE VISION! …BE THE CHANGE!
Our Gratitude and Commitment Always-
We had the great pleasure of recording these sweet voices on a new song for our next album at Bill Whelan’s beautiful studio in Galway, Ireland last month.
We are in full production on three new songs for the next AOMUSIC album, due out in early 2013… Our first stop was County Galway, Ireland where we recorded a brilliant group of children with one of today's great composers Bill Whelan… We recorded the children in Bill's studio on Ireland's Western Coast.. They will be featured on the next AOMUSIC album with other children's choral ensembles from around the globe… The Irish music tradition is ever-present on AOMUSIC's palette of world homogeny, and Bill Whelan's involvement now brings greater authenticity to that lovely hue…
Ireland is steeped in poignant history and mystic lore, and making music on her soil with her children and one of her most gifted maestros is a great honor for AOMUSIC.