The Johnson County Sun, in the Kansas suburbs of Kansas City, profiles local resident and Belmont University music major Lindsey Jones, who was hired last week as a staff writer by the Songs of Love Foundation, a nonprofit organization that recruits musicians to record personalized songs for sick youths. Jones, a Commercial Music major with a concentration in Commercial Music Business, is from Overland Park, Kansas.
She first became involved with Songs of Love in April 2004, writing ten songs as a volunteer, thanks to her involvement with the student songwriters’ association at Belmont. The paper reports that the president of the student organization was a volunteer with Songs of Love, and encouraged Jones and the rest of the school’s songwriters to participate.
The paper reports:
The foundation’s mission of providing medicine through music struck a chord with Jones, who now felt she could use her skills to play a positive and productive role in developing songs for the children who request them.
“I just thought it was the coolest thing, I love writing songs for people … So I started writing for them and it was just amazing,” Jones said. “It’s been such a rewarding experience.”
Songs Of Love, founded in 1996, has recruited more than 350 artists nationwide and collaborates with over 300 hospitals and private health-care institutions as well as various individual families. Songs of Love artists have produced intimate musical portraits for over 4,000 children and teens.