Santa Barbara, CA. April, 2018 – The community is invited to experience an evening of music with Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Beth Nielsen Chapman, on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at 7:30 pm at the Lobero Theatre. The trio of award-winning artists will perform music from their latest album, LIV ON, a collection of songs of hope and love, in addition to some of the artists’ best known hit songs. This special performance is not a fundraiser, but rather a gift of love and music for emotional healing, well-being and fun, produced by Rod Lathim and Thomas Rollerson, and in partnership with Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care.
“Igniting with the fires, then the mudslides and continued with the shootings in Florida, my heart has been heavy for the depth of pain people have endured though all this recent loss,” expressed Thomas Rollerson. I am part dreamer, but there is also very much a part of me that grieves from trauma, loss of home and belongings and most especially the loss of loved ones and friends. Grief links all human beings together…No one is spared. Music also links all human beings. Last year I had the privilege of working with Olivia Newton John, Amy Sky and Beth Chapman in supporting their new album “Liv On”. The intention of this album was to bring comfort to those in grief. As we clean up and rebuild our community, aid our businesses, workers, homeowners, evacuees there is no denying that our emotional recovery may be the most painful of all. We join a nation mourning and reevaluating how our voices are heard to shape and protect our country.”
International superstar and multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky have joined vocal and songwriting talents to create “LIV ON,” a collaborative, newly recorded eleven-song collection intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. Concerned about the long-term emotional wellness of our community, not just from recent events but from all of life’s realities, Rollerson reached out to his friends Olivia Newton John and producer/director Rod Lathim to discuss the possibility of this concert to help Santa Barbara ‘Liv On.’
“The LIV ON project was conceived out of the desire to transform my grief into healing,” shared Olivia Newton-John. “My sister, Rona had just died and I was suffering greatly from her sudden death. I’ve always turned to music to process my emotions and help heal my heart. Through this project Amy, Beth and I found that any time we shared a vulnerable part of us, we felt such an overwhelming feeling of kinship and relief… that we were not alone with our pain. We hope these songs that came from the depths of us, will offer a place of comfort to others.”
“We find that in our daily lives that people in general – not just those directly impacted by the disasters – are dealing with a stress level similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” shared Lathim. “Our national climate does not help this matter. We find that people are not as focused, and are having a hard time being efficient at work and emotionally available in their personal lives due to the climate of grief, stress and loss our community has sustained. Enter the gift of healing music – something that is universally known to soothe, nurture and support our minds, bodies and souls. Thanks to the enormous generosity of Olivia, Amy and Beth, and our amazing sponsors, we are thrilled to offer this gifted concert to our community. We didn’t want to do another fundraiser – just a gentle and uplifting evening of music from these three stellar artists.”
Their hope is to reach out and bring together anyone who has experienced loss with the belief that music helps heal and aids community renewal as a whole. Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has partnered with Lathim and Rollerson to help Santa Barbara “LIV ON” beyond the disasters. “In Chinese, the calligraphy character for ‘music’ is the same foundation for the character ‘medicine,’” shared VNHC President & CEO Lynda Tanner, RN, MSN. “In many ancient civilizations, one of music’s primary purposes is healing; and modern science has confirmed music’s therapeutic ability to lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance concentration, stabilize heart rate, and more.”
The VNHC Music Therapy program is offered free of charge to patients, and each patient receives a personalized treatment plan to support physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs. Every year, the VNHC music therapists visit more than 1,300 patients in their homes, even if home might be at a Red Cross shelter.
Disasters, especially those with great loss, have the potential to cause emotional distress. Loss of any kind is never easy. VNHC also provides free bereavement services and counseling support to anyone suffering any kind of loss.
Lathim and Rollerson also want to support the conversation of loss, and dialogue about end of life journeys. The intention was to make tickets free to those who have been most directly impacted by the Thomas Fire and Mudslide. The tickets are generously underwritten by concert sponsors: James S. Bower Foundation, Hutton Parker Foundation, The Natalie Orfalea Foundation and Louise and Tim Casey.
The LIV ON Concert is not a benefit so it would not compete with other organizations trying to raise funds. They reached out to over 15 organizations directly caring for the physical and emotional needs of victims to insure they had the first opportunity to use tickets. A limited number of tickets are being released to the public on Monday, April 16, on a first-come basis by calling the Lobero Box office at 805-963-0761.
About the Artists
Amy Sky is a singer/songwriter/producer, author, actress and advocate who has written songs for Diana Ross, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Reba McEntire, Belinda Carlisle, Aaron Neville, Heart and Sheena Easton. Amy has been nominated for multiple Juno Awards and won the 1998 Juno for Best New Artist. She was honored with the CRIA Applause Award and multiple Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada Awards.
Olivia Newton-John is a CMA, Billboard, People’s Choice and four-time Emmy Award winning singer/song- writer, entrepreneur and activist. From her appearance in Grease with John Travolta in 1978 to her top ten pop and country singles over multiple decades, she is a beloved artist whose heart is a big as her talent.
Beth Nielsen Chapman is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter who has been inducted into the Song- writer’s Hall of Fame and recorded songs with Bonnie Raitt, Vince Gill, John Prine, Emmy Lou Harris, and Michael McDonald. Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill “This Kiss,” Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, Alabama, and Bette Midler. Beth was honored with BBC 2’s Album of the Year for “Deeper Still.”\
About the Producers
Rod Lathim brought Thomas Rollerson to Santa Barbara in 1988 to be the company manager of his national touring theatre company – Access Theatre. Rollerson helped the company tour the nation with original, accessible theatre works until he founded Dream Foundation, which was created under the umbrella of Access Theatre. Lathim and Rollerson have long been advocates for all things good and believe in giving back to the community, as it has been very gracious and generous in supporting their passion projects over the years. Working together again on this gifted concert has been a wonderful opportunity to reunite their collective skills and experience in community organizing, production, support of nonprofit organizations and the people in the greatest need in the aftermath of the recent disasters.
About Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care
Since 1908, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care (VNHC) has been Santa Barbara’s trusted home care expert. Serving the greater Santa Barbara area and the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Valleys, VNHC provides high quality, home health, personal care, palliative care, hospice care, and related services to promote health and well-being. As the leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive “at home” care, VNHC’s mission is to provide compassionate and trusted care. As we enter our second century of service, VNHC continues to play a central role in the health care delivery system by helping people live independently and safe, recover from an illness or injury, and transition at end of life with dignity and comfort. For more information on Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care, visit www.vnhcsb.org or call (805) 965-5555.