So what have we been up to?

After a few months hiatus, we’re back and full steam ahead for our upcoming year. Before we get into the news about our 2013 plans, we want to look back at some of the amazing Red Balloons we met in 2012.

First up…Jadey Monique Gonzalez & Jesson Rata.

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These two fabulous individuals took their talent and time to UC Davis Children’s Hospital and serenaded the kids and hospital staff. Their gigantic hearts took them far as they charmed in entire pediatric ward. We are so lucky and thankful to have Jadey and Jesson on board with Red Balloon!

“During that short amount of time, we were able to relieve stress and worries from staff members and families alike. The experience was both humbling and rewarding that applause and positive feedback from the staff, the parents, and the kids were validations of why we love what we do; our Red Balloon Event gave us more motivation and inspiration to continue spreading our love and passion for music” – Jesson

“I gained a new appreciation and understanding of the power of music, especially in the form of music therapy for pediatric patients, their families, and hospital staff too. Like families and friends, music has its own way of comforting us, supporting us, and helping us feel more than we can say or explain at a moment; sometimes, it can be hard for us to put into words and express to others how we feel, whether it’s happy or sad, calm or stirring. But music and performances of music can help explain what we go through and what we should remember as we go, as we fall then rise come what may. I feel very blessed and honored to be a musical artist and I am so grateful for others who appreciate the love and power of music as well because together, we are changing our local communities and our world one song at a time.” – Jadey

Watch their amazing performance:

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TH Books for Kids

As a child, my parents would take me to the library every Saturday afternoon and we would leave the building with stacks of treasures. As humans, we read to know that we are not alone. A friend personally referred me to this non-profit and my heart started to swell with admiration and love. Alongside Jeremy’s Empty Suitcase Project, I think TH Books for Kids would compliment perfectly with Red Balloon 2010.

All my love,
Jen-Allison

Thanks for your support, Marie Digby!

Check out this amazing video with the beautiful and talented Marie Digby! Marie made her big break into the music world and has been touring the world, enchanting and enriching ears with her sweet voice and serene songs. Nicki Sun (our favorite interviewer!) hosts a youtube online show called Now You Know, where she interviews and allows all of us to meet talented musicians. It’s so sweet to see how people support Red Balloon! Thank you so much 🙂

Nicki Sun, thank you for including us in your interview with Marie Digby!

And Marie Digby, thank you so much for your support in music therapy programs! We love you ❤

Empty Suitcase Project

We had the beautiful opportunity to meet Jeremy “Passion” Manongdo who graced our ears with his Empty Suitcase Project. We are in the process of incorporating Jeremy’s project into Red Balloon 2010. Thanks for sharing your time and talents with us, Jeremy! Best of luck of your trip and thank you for giving us an opportunity to collaborate.