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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum released his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

The official “Stratosphere” trailer can be seen below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

“Stratosphere” trailer:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum will release his new album, “Stratosphere”, under the moniker MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY on March 11 on Rok Dok Recordings via Kobalt Label Services.

“Stratosphere” is major departure from the hard-hitting rock Sorum is best known for. His intense passion for animal and human rights, and need to give back heavily influenced the narrative and acoustic orchestration of the album.

“Over the years, I’ve been influenced by my surroundings and sometimes that hasn’t always been for the better,” says Sorum. “But after years of soul searching, I organically fell into a different state of mind.

“With many lessons learned along the way, it seemed like the perfect time to do a record in my own voice, if you will. It’s as real and exposed as anything I’ve ever offered my in my career, and I hope you enjoy it.”

Besides stepping behind the mic for lead vocals, Sorum wrote the entire album, and plays acoustic guitar and piano.

“I’ve always played acoustic, so I wanted to use that as the feel of the record,” Matt says.

“I chose the musicians I wanted by records they had played on, and diverse instruments such as mellotron, slide guitar and ethnic percussion.

“I always wanted orchestration, so this album was the canvas for that as well.”

Pre-order “Stratosphere” now on iTunes and get an instant download of “The Sea”.

Check out the ffth and final webisode about of the making of “Stratosphere” below.

MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY“Stratosphere” track listing:

01. Intro – Stratosphere Part 1
02. The Sea
03. What Ziggy Says
04. For the Wild Ones
05. Goodbye To You
06. Gone
07. Lady of the Stone
08. Ode to Nick Drake
09. Blue
10. Josephine
11. Land of the Pure
12. Killers N Lovers
13. The Lonely Teardrop
14. Outro – Stratosphere Part 2

Speaking to The Street, Sorum stated about his inspiration for the “Stratosphere” CD: “I’m known as a rock guy, but I’ve always loved so many diverse artists. I was a huge Joni Mitchell fan; I remember listening to a lot of her records back to back. Neil Young, Tom Petty, THE BEATLES, of course, and I was a huge Bowie fan. I was also into progressive stuff, like early GENESIS, Peter Gabriel era. You can hear that influence on the new album; there are a couple of songs that have some interesting time changes.

“I’ve always dabbled on the acoustic guitar, and I wrote a couple songs for VELVET REVOLVER. In GUNS N’ ROSES, Axl [Rose] and Slash looked to me for arrangements. I wasn’t the predominant songwriter, but I’ve always been involved in the process.

“When I put ‘Stratosphere’ together, I actually had a lot of it on cassette. I’d been writing the songs over the years, and I wanted to do an album that was just coming from me, regardless of anyone’s expectations.”

Asked if MATT SORUM’S FIERCE JOY will go out on tour, Sorum said: “We’re going to tour, but it isn’t going to be a typical rock show. If I’m going to front a band, I can’t see myself, at my age, jumping up and playing rock and roll the way Dave Grohl does. Dave pulls it off, running around the stage with an electric guitar. But would that feel right for me? How can I make this feel natural, a natural progression, growing into the man that I finally feel that I am, and saying what I want to say now?”

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 5:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 4:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 3:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 2:

Making of “Stratosphere” webisode 1:

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Bruce Mercury and William Lee of The Mercury Reporter conducted an interview with VELVET REVOLVER and former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum on the red carpet of Sorum‘s Peace Through Music benefit gala, which took place September 15 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. You can watch the report below.

Sorum helped raise more than $275,000 at the Peace Through Music. event. He partnered with philanthropist and South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy to raise funds for both the improvement of public education and for the arts in underprivileged schools around the world.

The red-carpet gala featured performances by Sorum and Roy, along with Slash, Macy Gray and ex-GUNS guitarist Gilby Clarke, along with appearances from Jane Lynch from “Glee”, SUGAR RAY‘s Mark McGrath, Johnathan Schaech from “Ray Donovan” and more guests.

Sorum said, “Kids learn four times better with music and arts, without which their education suffers and we lose a creative force of the future.”

Roy added, “Over 85% of school-going children (in Pakistan) only have access to government schools plagued with low teacher attendance, dilapidated facilities, and a curriculum that encourages rote-learning. Only through government school reform, can all children get quality education.”

Lynch, who serves on the board of Sorum‘s Adopt The Arts organization, said, “Music is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. Arts help kids think critically and perform better in school making them adults who contribute more to society.”

All proceeds will benefit schools maintained in Pakistan for girls’ education through Zindagi Trust and two schools in the Los Angeles area being supported by Adopt The Arts.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame musician and humanitarian Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) partnered with philanthropist and South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy to raise the quality of public education and to increase funding for the arts in underprivileged schools — at an international level.

The Peace Through Music Gala took place this past Sunday, September 15 at Wolfgang Puck’s Ray Dolby Ballroom – Loews Hollywood Hotel and raised over $275,000. Featuring live auction with items donated by the celebrities, the red-carpet gala boasted performances by Matt Sorum, and Shehzad Roy, Macy Gray, Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), Gilby Clarke (GUNS N’ ROSES), as well as, appearances by Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”), Johnathan Schaech (“Ray Donovan”) and many more guests.

Video footage of the event can be seen below.

According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of the 535 elementary schools’ in the district are not receiving arts education due to budget cuts. 80% of its students live at or below the poverty line, so they do not have access to the arts outside of school either, explains Matt Sorum. “Kids learn four times better with music and arts, without which, their education suffers and we lose a creative force of the future.”

“We founded Zindagi Trust to help the 10 million children in Pakistan employed in child labor,” says Shehzad Roy, “I soon realized over 85% of school-going children only have access to government schools plagued with low teacher attendance, dilapidated facilities, and a curriculum that encourages rote-learning. Only through government school reform, can all children get quality education.” Zindagi Trust now works to reform public schools, educate working children, and lobby the government to improve education policy in Pakistan.

Separated by 8000 miles — Adopt The Arts and Zindagi Trust — are two nonprofits with similar missions founded by musicians, that led Adopt The Arts co-founder Abby Berman, and activist-writer Sadia Ashraf, to collaborate on the Gala to build bridges between different cultures. Jane Lynch, who serves on the board of Adopt The Arts, said in support of the event, “Music is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. Arts help kids think critically and perform better in school making them adults who contribute more to society.”

All proceeds will benefit both organizations: disbursed towards girl’s education in Pakistan through Zindagi Trust‘s schools; and Adopt The Arts support of a school in Compton as well as the only school in the district that serves blind children in Los Angeles.

Pictured (from left to right in above photo): Matt Sorum; Abby Berman, co-founder of Adopt The Arts; Jane Lynch, actress and board member of Adopt The Arts. Photo credit: Chelsea Lauren

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame musician and humanitarian Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) has partnered with philanthropist and South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy to raise the quality of public education and to increase funding for the arts in underprivileged schools — at an international level.

The Peace Through Music Gala (September 15, 2013 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.) takes place at Wolfgang Puck’s Ray Dolby Ballroom – Loews Hollywood Hotel. Featuring live auction with items donated by the celebrities, the red-carpet gala boasts performances by Matt Sorum and Shehzad Roy, Macy Gray, Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), as well as, appearances by Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”), Johnathan Schaech (“Ray Donovan”) and many more guests.

A three-minute video report from Artisan News, which includes an interview with Sorum, about tomorrow’s event can be seen below.

According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of the 535 elementary schools’ in the district are not receiving arts education due to budget cuts. 80% of its students live at or below the poverty line, so they do not have access to the arts outside of school either, explains Matt Sorum. “Kids learn four times better with music and arts, without which, their education suffers and we lose a creative force of the future.”

“We founded Zindagi Trust to help the 10 million children in Pakistan employed in child labor,” says Shehzad Roy, “I soon realized over 85% of school-going children only have access to government schools plagued with low teacher attendance, dilapidated facilities, and a curriculum that encourages rote-learning. Only through government school reform, can all children get quality education.” Zindagi Trust now works to reform public schools, educate working children, and lobby the government to improve education policy in Pakistan.

Separated by 8000 miles — Adopt The Arts and Zindagi Trust — are two nonprofits with similar missions founded by musicians, that led Adopt The Arts co-founder Abby Berman, and activist-writer Sadia Ashraf, to collaborate on the Gala to build bridges between different cultures. Jane Lynch, who serves on the board of Adopt The Arts, said in support of the event, “Music is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. Arts help kids think critically and perform better in school making them adults who contribute more to society.”

All proceeds will benefit both organizations: disbursed towards girl’s education in Pakistan through Zindagi Trust‘s schools; and Adopt The Arts support of a school in Compton as well as the only school in the district that serves blind children in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the September 15 Peace Though Music event are $200, $500 & $1000 and can be purchased at this location.

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Drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT) took part in an interview this morning (Friday, September 13) on “The Heidi Frank Show” on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.

Sorum told RollingStone.com earlier this week that his new solo album will be released in January. “It’s much more introspective than my usual heavy rock stuff,” he said. It’s more of a singer-songwriter thing. I play acoustic guitar, and it’s a little mellower kind of album.”

According to The Ada News, Sorum will marry his longtime girlfriend Adriane “Ace” Harper on October 12 in Palm Springs, California.

Sorum was born Matthew William Sorum (Norwegian spelling Srum), on November 19, 1960, in the present-day city of Mission Viejo, California. His parents were of English and Norwegian descent.

Sorum achieved fame with GUNS N’ ROSES, where he replaced Steven Adler in the band, who was fired because of drug addiction. While with the Los Angeles-based hard rock group (1990-1997), Sorum recorded the highly successful albums “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II” (both 1991) and “The Spaghetti Incident” (1994). He also supported the group on the “Use Your Illusion” tour and can be heard on GUNS N’ ROSES“Live Era: ’87-’93” (1999) and “Greatest Hits” (2004). Starting out as a season musician in Los Angeles in the 1980s, Sorum had his first taste with success as part of THE CULT in 1989. A decade later, after being fired from GUNS N’ ROSES, he was reunited with the group and played the drums for their 2001 album “Beyond Good And Evil”. Currently, Sorum is the drummer of VELVET REVOLVER, a group he founded in 2002 with former GUNS N’ ROSES band members Slash and Duff McKagan. The band has released two albums, “Contraband” (2004) and “Libertad” (2007). On his own, Sorum released a solo debut in 2003 called “Hollywood Zen”.

Matt and Ace collaborated on DIAMOND BABY, an electro-rock group whose debut single, “The Last Rockstar”, arrived in August 2011. The accompanying music video featured guest appearances by “Glee” star Jane Lynch, iconic actress Juliette Lewis, Verne Troyer, and MOTÖRHEAD‘s Lemmy Kilmister.

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Drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER, THE CULT) tells RollingStone.com that his new solo album will be released in January. “It’s much more introspective than my usual heavy rock stuff,” he says. It’s more of a singer-songwriter thing. I play acoustic guitar, and it’s a little mellower kind of album.”

In a January 2013 interview with Music Radar, Sorum stated about his upcoming CD: “I started writing it within the last couple of years. I went out to the desert because of Gram Parsons and all those guys — you know, the Joshua Tree, Palm Springs area — and I had an amazing time working there. I went to a trippy old hotel and wrote eight songs in five days. A lot of people don’t know me as a songwriter, but I’ve always been a guitar player. I like to dabble with the acoustic. The stuff that I’ve written for VELVET REVOLVER — like ‘Set Me Free’ and ‘Spectacle’ and a few on the first record — those were done on an acoustic.

“I made a record with another guy called ‘Hollywood Zen’, and that was my first attempt to do my own thing. I was a bit nervous, though, so I can’t really say that it was my record — it’s a collaboration. My main goal on this record is to write everything myself.

“What’s been happening with me is, I’m getting older, and I’m a different guy… I’m not on drugs and alcohol anymore. [laughs] I’m more spiritual. I’m thinking about the planet and caring about other people more, and I’ve got a charity… And that sparked a lot of lyrics. I have a song called ‘Lady Of The Stone’, which is about Mother Nature’s perspective on what’s happening to the planet. What would she say if she was watching?

“I wrote another song called ‘Land Of The Pure’. I was very struck by what happened with the girl Malala [Yousafza] from Pakistan. I wrote it about the girls in Pakistan — young girls all over the world — who are not being allowed to be educated. I’m going to have a singer named Atif Aslam, who’s from Pakistan, sing on it. That’s very eclectic. There’s going to be a lot of percussion and orchestration. People are going to trip to it.”

“For the second part of my trip, I hung out on the beach. I stayed at a little hotel called the Surf and Sand Hotel — I used to go there in the early ’70s with my grandparents. While there, I wrote a song called ‘The Sea’. I remembered how much I loved the beach as a kid. Nothing seems to matter when you’re on the beach.

“I wrote another song there called ‘Blue’. I was thinking, Why does the word ‘blue’ always mean sadness? I wrote it as a positive thing — the sky, the water. It’s a Tom Petty-meets-David Gray kind of song. It’s pretty cool.

“And I wrote a song called ‘Josephine’, which is my grandmother’s name. She and my grandfather were married for 69 years. The song is about him being in the orchestra pit, he was in the band, and her being a ballerina. They met in the 1920s. My grandmother just turned 100. The song is going to be all orchestra and piano. It’s an ode to them.”

Asked why he doesn’t play drums on the album, he said: “I feel like it’s not right for this record. I want to have a producer’s perspective, so I don’t want to sit there and analyze my drumming. I’ve been rehearsing the band, I put a great band together. I’ve got a drummer named Brian MacLeod, who’s played with everyone from Sheryl Crow to Linda Perry — he’s been on tons of records. He’s got more of that gift. I’m a rock drummer, but I can play other styles. He can play more organic, singer-songwriter stuff. As light as I play, I have a sound that might be more rock.”

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Former THE RUNAWAYS singer Cherie Currie was interviewed on the third episode of the “Metal Assault” radio show on the Los Angeles-based station Razor KXRZ. You can now listen to the program using the Mixcloud widget below. (Note: The Cherie Currie interview begins around the 47-minute mark.)

Currie spoke to the SF Examiner about the current status of the solo album she made in 2011 — produced by former GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum and and featuring guest appearances by fellow ex-GN’R members Slash and Duff McKagan, THE VERONICAS and Juliette Lewis. It also includes a duet with SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan and a remake of the old RUNAWAYS classic “Queens Of Noise” with DISTILLERS and SPINNERETTE singer Brody Dalle.

After it took over a year for everyone involved to sign off on the CD, Currie, 53, was prevented from touring by her then-manager Kenny Laguna, who also represents Currie‘s former THE RUNAWAYS bandmate Joan Jett.

“He said, ‘Nope, you can’t play, it’s not time,'” said Currie. “One summer went by, and then another, and another was coming up, and I said, ‘Kenny, you can’t let me sit here. The band’s been waiting for two years!’ I was trying to tell him that I’m not 20 years old anymore — one year is like five when you hit 50.”

Currie has since ended her working relationship with Laguna, and as a result, “we’re not even sure if the record is going to see the light of day,” said her son, Jake Hays, who plays guitar in her band and whom she had with actor Robert Hays.

“Because the business didn’t work for me when I was young, it’s become a dream of mine to come back,” she said. “But I can’t wait for anybody anymore. I just want to play some RUNAWAYS songs for all the fans and kind of say goodbye, in a way.”

In a recent Facebook post, Currie said about her plans for the immediate future: “I’m going to record a single this summer and release it on iTunes. I’m going to play, play, play, like I wanted to from the beginning. I’m going to give the fans what they want and deserve without management and without a record company.

“[Fellow ex-THE RUNAWAYS member] Lita Ford said to me the other day, ‘Sister, you’re not dead yet!’ And she’s right. It’s time to put faith in the only things I can count on. Myself and the fans. That’s really all that matters.”

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, VELVET REVOLVER and ex-GUNS N’ ROSES drummer Matt Sorum was in a remote fishing village in Japan on Monday (September 2), where he was protesting the town’s annual dolphin hunt. Sorum is the latest artist to join a growing international campaign to stop the yearly dolphin kill in the small central Japan village of Taiji, which was first brought to global attention by the 2009 documentary “The Cove”, in which the filmmakers secretly shot footage of the atrocity.

The movie depicted how dolphins are herded into a cove and speared by fishermen for their meat.

The fishermen say the hunt is part of their village’s tradition and call Western critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.

Sorum arrived in Japan on Sunday (September 1), the day the hunt begins, along with dozens of conservationists from both Japan and the West.

The drummer said in a phone interview as he watched the hunt, “Like a bad nightmare, I’m watching it almost like a twilight zone, surreal, looking into my eyes in complete disbelief — what’s going on in front of me.”

Sorum, who currently leads his own band called KINGS OF CHAOS, said he hopes to organize a rock concert in Tokyo to bring more attention to the kill.

“The Cove” features Ric O’Barry, who trained dolphins for the 1960s TV series “Flipper” but has devoted the latter part of his life to protecting dolphins and keeping them in nature.

Dolphin and whale meat is considered an eccentric delicacy in Japan, though not all Japanese eat it and not all Japanese know about the hunts.

Some Japanese nationalist groups have accused O’Barry and other Westerners of using the controversy over the the hunt to interfere with Japanese culture.

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Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame musician and humanitarian Matt Sorum (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) has partnered with philanthropist and South Asian rock star Shehzad Roy to raise the quality of public education and to increase funding for the arts in underprivileged schools — at an international level.

The Peace Through Music Gala (September 15, 2013 from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.) takes place at Wolfgang Puck’s Ray Dolby Ballroom – Loews Hollywood Hotel. Featuring live auction with items donated by the celebrities, the red-carpet gala boasts performances by Matt Sorum and Shehzad Roy, Macy Gray, Slash (GUNS N’ ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), as well as, appearances by Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Mark McGrath (SUGAR RAY), Danny Masterson (“That ’70s Show”), Johnathan Schaech (“Ray Donovan”) and many more guests to be announced.

According to Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), 50% of the 535 elementary schools’ in the district are not receiving arts education due to budget cuts. 80% of its students live at or below the poverty line, so they do not have access to the arts outside of school either, explains Matt Sorum. “Kids learn four times better with music and arts, without which, their education suffers and we lose a creative force of the future.”

“We founded Zindagi Trust to help the 10 million children in Pakistan employed in child labor,” says Shehzad Roy, “I soon realized over 85% of school-going children only have access to government schools plagued with low teacher attendance, dilapidated facilities, and a curriculum that encourages rote-learning. Only through government school reform, can all children get quality education.” Zindagi Trust now works to reform public schools, educate working children, and lobby the government to improve education policy in Pakistan.

Separated by 8000 miles — Adopt The Arts and Zindagi Trust — are two nonprofits with similar missions founded by musicians, that led Adopt The Arts co-founder Abby Berman, and activist-writer Sadia Ashraf, to collaborate on the Gala to build bridges between different cultures. Jane Lynch, who serves on the board of Adopt The Arts, said in support of the event, “Music is a universal language that unites us all, regardless of our backgrounds. Arts help kids think critically and perform better in school making them adults who contribute more to society.”

All proceeds will benefit both organizations: disbursed towards girl’s education in Pakistan through Zindagi Trust‘s schools; and Adopt The Arts support of a school in Compton as well as the only school in the district that serves blind children in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the September 15 Peace Though Music event are $200, $500 & $1000 and can be purchased at this location.

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