Jenn Friedman, a singer / songwriter / piano-player, is participating in a film song contest and needs your help!
The film, “Renee,” starring Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray, Rupert Friend and Corbin Bleu, is based on the story of the organization, “To Write Love on Her Arms.” This organization began when some beautiful friends took in a girl (Renee) who was addicted to drugs and awaiting admission to a rehab facility in the coming days. During these last few days before her admission, her friends took her to see live music, which was a huge source of healing for her, as well as to sports events, bookstores, and church, while providing her with as much coffee as her heart desired (a “self-created rehab” according to the website). She was ultimately grateful and is recovered today. From this experience, these friends started the organization, “To Write Love on Her Arms” which advocates mental health awareness. Its signature day is honored by a world-wide effort to write the word “love” on one’s arms as a symbol of loving rather than hurting oneself. You can read the full vision of the organization here. The specific story of the days leading up to rehab can be found here.
“Renee” is hosting a contest for an unsigned musician to have an original song featured in the film. As many of my songs are based on my own experience with mental illness, eating disorders, self-injury, and observations of my friends’ addictions, I felt a strong desire to enter.
The first part of the contest is voting, and from the 20 highest-voted songs, the judges pick one to be featured in the film.
Here is what you need to do:
1) Read Renee’s story
2) Vote for her in the contest (as many times as you want – voting is unlimited!)
3) For more information: check out her blog or email her directly
Voting ends May 30th, so don’t hesitate to vote now!