Children’s Attention Home fundraising video features songs by Shantell Ogden

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by Dave Carew

Thanks to Nashville-based singer-songwriter Shantell Ogden, we recently became aware of an incredible organization called Children’s Attention Home. The organization provides a home for abused, abandoned, and neglected children, and has just released a new fundraising video entitled “A Second Chance” featuring two of Shantell’s songs. (Please see link below.)

In an exclusive interview with Underground Nashville, Shantell offered additional information about Children’s Attention Home and about her involvement with their wonderful work:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: You were initially connected to Children’s Attention Home through a friend in North Carolina. How did your two songs come to be used in their “A Second Chance” fundraising video?

SHANTELL OGDEN: Rick Doody, my friend, does a lot of volunteer work with CAH and he was recording and producing a video to share their mission. We were talking one day about the music for it, and I mentioned I had songs that I thought would fit the theme of the project; I sent him the songs and they ended up being just what he was looking for.

UN: Were the songs written specifically to help CAH, or were they previously-written songs that were well-suited to the purpose?

SO: These songs were actually written and recorded for other projects, and it’s interesting how songs find new and unexpected purposes over time. “A Second Chance” was written for an indie film project originally, but it didn’t make it into the movie. Looking back, I think the movie was just the initial reason I wrote the song, but the purpose for it was always to be part of the CAH video. It had a home in mind, but that home just took a couple of years to be built.

The song featured after “A Second Chance” is called “We All Come Here” and it was on my 2008 album Water Through Stone. It’s about having hope in a place where people are flawed and still trying to “live a better way.”

UN:  Why do you feel so strongly about helping this particular organization?

SO:  I think that music is a gift and it’s my job as a writer to make a difference with it, as well as make a living. I was blessed to visit CAH in person recently and I was really touched by the work that the team is doing there to help kids who are coming from really painful and difficult circumstances. I’m honored that my music can be a small part of their mission, because they truly are changing the world for the children they help.

Please consider watching the short video, sharing it with your friends, and making a personal donation to this cause. You’ll find the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaKr2mNV1bI&feature=youtu.be

For more information about Children’s Attention Home, please visit:

http://attentionhome.org


David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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