Lacy Younger, Steve Poltz, A.J. Croce, Jason Scheff, and several other local musicians are collaborating on a compilation CD and concert at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Proceeds from the CD and concert are benefiting Just in Time for Foster Youth, a nonprofit that provides assistance to transitioning foster youth.
After eight years in the foster care system, Josue left at 18 without any of the resources or family support that he desperately needed. But instead of falling into homelessness or despair, he found Just in Time for Foster Youth and the basic necessities to further his education, build connections, and help with furnishing his home.
Now, many of San Diego’s top artists have come together to share the stage and use the power of music to light that helps young people like Josue. Voices from the Heart II is both a beautifully produced and mastered CD and a live concert to benefit Just in Time.
The compilation CD is the brainchild of San Diego-based singer/songwriter, Lacy Younger, whose hit, “Something You Do,” remained on the U.S. Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart for 12 weeks in 2007 to 2008. The CD, which will be available for sale in early August, includes original artwork created by San Diego artist, Eva Valadez. CD concept and graphics were designed by Lacy Younger, with Jon Jones of Jam Design, and Leo Dailey of Dailey-Planet.com.
“As someone who left home at 15 and was forced to figure out life and make it on my own without any family support, I understand the struggles transitioning foster youth are going through,” said Lacy Younger. “I understand the financial and emotional needs of people who feel alone in this world. I want them to know that they are not actually alone. Anything we can do to help, we will do. Through Voices of the Heart II, we are hoping to not only raise funds to help these kids get on their feet, but we want to spread awareness of what they are going through and let it be known that there is a need for more support in our local community.”
Tickets for the concert are now available for $20. The at-the-door fee is $25. The venue is for adults 21 years of age and older.
“We are incredibly grateful and excited about this effort by Lacy Younger and some of San Diego’s top musicians to help transitioning foster youth,” said Don Wells, Just in Time Executive Director. “In any given year in San Diego County, about 300 youth age out and need assistance to overcome the obstacles all young people face. Raising awareness and support to keep them on the road to success is music to my ears.”
The artists performing at the House of Blues event include comedian/MC Maria Herman; Astra Kelly; Tolan Shaw; The Light Fantastic Megatrip; Wise Monkey; The Boundary Birds; headliner Lady Dottie and The Diamonds; and headliner Lacy Younger.
The artists featured on the CD are: Steve Poltz, who has written songs for Jewel; Rick Elias, who wrote all of the songs for the Tom Hanks film “That Thing You Do;” Candice Graham; The Boundary Birds; Lady Dottie and The Diamonds; Lacy Younger; A.J. Croce; Astra Kelly; Tolan Shaw; Wise Monkey; Jason Scheff , lead singer for the band Chicago; Two Wolves; and The Light Fantastic Megatrip .
For more information and to purchase tickets or CDs, please visit www.jitfosteryouth.org.
Just in Time for Foster Youth
Just in Time for Foster Youth (JIT) envisions a future in which every youth leaving the foster care system has a community of caring adults waiting for them after18. JIT believes consistent, long-term help from the heart is the foundation for the success of our youth so that they can thrive and enjoy productive satisfying lives. For additional information, please visit http://jitfosteryouth.org.