Sources: The Press Enterprise – By Stephen Wall | All Things Michael
It happened 30 years ago, but Frankie J remembers it like it was yesterday.
Watching a video of “We Are the World” on MTV resonated with the R&B singer who was eight when the pop single topped the charts.
“I’m a huge fan of Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie,” he said. “Even at that age, I felt their love and care for the world through this particular song they wrote.”
Frankie J is carrying on the beat of his childhood heroes by appearing in a benefit concert for people affected by the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino. He was among the scheduled performers in the San Bernardino Healing Memorial Show on Sunday, December 27 at the National Orange Show Events Center. A classical music concert is planned tonight at San Bernardino Valley College.
“Music is a very powerful tool,” Frankie J said by phone. “It can bring unity, awareness, a sense of relief, a sense of peace.”
The two events are the most recent examples of how art and music can relieve suffering following a tragedy. Other instances include Live Aid, a concert that raised money for Ethiopian famine relief in 1985, and the Concert for New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“More than anything, I think music helps people heal because it brings us into an emotional place where we can reflect and appreciate the difficulties and pain of others,” said Manuel Alberto Aybar, an orchestra and opera conductor who helped organize the San Bernardino Cares concert set for Monday, December 28th.
The San Bernardino Cares show features more than 100 performers aiming to soothe wounds through song. Singers and musicians from throughout Southern California will offer opera and classical selections as well as compositions written for the occasion.
Date: 8 p.m. Monday, December 28th
Place: San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, 701 S. Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino.
Information: 909-326-2223 or sanbernardinohealing.com
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