For every artist, music is the vehicle by which they bring their message to the masses. For some artists though, their ministries reach far beyond just a song. These artists use their musical platform to point to the wide range of causes that drive their melodies and inspire their deepest lyrics.
One such band who has done this exceedingly well for years now is Remedy Drive. In honor of their newest release The North Star, we've collected a list of artists who carry a mission beyond the music and the causes that they're passionate about.
Remedy Drive: The Exodus Road
Blending the line between creative rockers and modern-day abolitionists, Remedy Drive has long been passionate about speaking out against human trafficking. Since 2013, lead singer David Zach has been actively involved in partnering with an organization called The Exodus Road to help free those trapped in slavery. Most recently, they focused their efforts into new album The North Star, which follows 2014's Commodity and sees the band continue to raise their voice for the many silenced by injustice.
Natalie Grant: Hope For Justice Natalie Grant is no doubt one of the leading powerhouse female vocalists in the Christian music industry, becoming an icon in her genre and leading the way for the next generation of worship leaders and pop songstresses. Beyond the music though, Natalie has also become a powerful voice for those trapped in modern-day slavery and sex trafficking through Hope For Justice. As co-founder of the freedom-driven organization, Natalie and her team are working fervently to bring an end to injustice by rescuing and restoring lives around the world.
Audio Adrenaline: Hands & Feet Project
In 2004, pop/rock band Audio Adrenaline founded the non-profit Hands & Feet Project. With the goal of providing hope and help to orphaned children in crisis, the organization began in a small town in Haiti and has now expanded across multiple locations. Through building and operating children's villages and creating sustainable jobs to break down the child slavery cycles, Hands & Feet fights to keep families together and give children the best care possible.
Steven Curtis Chapman: Show Hope
Founded over a decade ago by legendary singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth, at the root of the Show Hope organization is a burning question: what if every child had a home? The couple began raising awareness about the orphan crisis after their world was changed by the adoption of their first daughter, Shaohannah Hope, in 2000. Through adoption aid, care centers and student initiatives, Show Hope has now helped over 6,000 children from more than 60 countries find the care and love they deserve. With a goal of "engaging the church and reducing the barriers to adoption," the Chapmans are daily making a difference in the lives of children without a home.
for KING & COUNTRY: The Priceless Movement
Australian brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, better known as GRAMMY-winning duo for KING & COUNTRY, have a life-changing truth fueling every hit melody: you are priceless. What began as a moving speech given in the middle of their live show soon became so much more as the band launched their Priceless Movement a few years ago. Now with a chart-topping song and successful movie carrying the message around the world, for KING & COUNTRY passionately speaks about honoring women, knowing their worth and standing up against the injustice of human trafficking.
Rockers Switchfoot have had quite a career thus far and continue to honor their roots by giving back to the community that started it all for them. Combining their love for music, art and surfing, the band's annual Bro-Am is held in San Diego, California. Each summer, Jon Foreman and crew gather their friends from the surf and music industries for a charity surf contest/concert on the beach that raises money for at-risk youth and homeless. Drawing a staggering 17,000 people, the event puts a spotlight on other organizations in the as well. Bro-Am has now grown into a music school that the band supports year round.
Cristabelle Braden: Hope After Head Injury
After a traumatic brain injury changed Cristabelle Braden's life as a young teenager, the singer/songwriter made it her life's mission to bring hope to others struggling through the same journey. Founder of Hope After Head Injury, an organization providing support to those dealing with the aftermath of a TBI, Cristabelle's passion for encouraging weary hearts bleeds into her music as well. Recent pop album Hope Survives focuses on themes of perseverance and bravery in the face of life-altering events, creating the perfect companion for Cristabelle to share her own story of Hope After Head Injury.
Danny Gokey: Sophia's Heart
Established in 2008 after the tragic loss of his first wife Sophia, American Idol contestant and hope-focused singer/songwriter Danny Gokey had the vision to begin Sophia's Heart. Though Sophia dealt with a severe heart condition, she was passionate about helping children and families around her Wisconsin home. Danny now honors her legacy through this foundation by means of transitional housing programs, after-school music and arts programs and leadership training to strengthen families. Jointly based in Nashville and Gokey's hometown of Milwaukee, the Sophia's Heart Foundation exists to propel at-risk youth and their families to success through a Christ-centered approach.
Caitlin Lassiter is a North Carolina girl that loves Jesus, music, concerts, writing, C.S. Lewis, and sweet tea... She's also a worship leader dreaming of traveling the world to share God's love.
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