Artists Record Songs Written by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Patients

Faith Hill, Kix Brooks, Amy Grant, Vince Gill and others bring patients' songs to life on new collection.

photos courtesy Vanderbilt Children's Hospital

Country stars are generally regarded as being big-hearted individuals happy to help with a cause. So, when Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt needed assistance in putting some of its patients' heartfelt songs to music, Faith Hill, Kix Brooks, Alison Krauss, Phil Vassar, Amy Grant and Vince Gill were only too happy to oblige.

The new release Everybody Has a Story collects artists' recordings of songs written by Children's Hospital patients during their music therapy sessions. Patients were undergoing treatments for a variety of illnesses, from pneumonia to cancer, and music therapist Jenny Plume encouraged them to put their feelings about their experiences into songs.

Melinda Doolittle, Maura O'Connell, Johnny Reid, SHEL and the Fisk Jubilee Singers also contribute vocals to the songs, which were written by Austin Bagby, Ethan Carpenter, Courtney Gaoette, Eric Kilburn, Amy Overton, Gigi Pasley and Christopher Weber with the help of their music therapist.

Everybody Has a Story is currently available for pre-order on amazon.com and will be available May 14 in stores and at other digital retailers. Proceeds benefit the Julian T. Fouce Music Therapy Fund at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

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