The Valley Cultural Foundation, the Leading Arts Organization in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Releases New ‘Voices of Hope’ Holiday Compilation Album


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The Valley Cultural Foundation, the leading arts organization in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, has put together Voices of Hope: New Holiday Music from our Emerging Artist Series. The collection features songs from musicians and artists from the VCF’s Emerging Artists series (which Rock Cellar spotlighted in this past summer’s Concerts on the Couch program).

The album contains 20 original holiday songs written and performed by musicians from the VCF’s “Emerging Artist” program. More information on the new compilation, per the VCF website:

Contributing artists include: Illunis, Rob Bonfiglio, Ryder Green, Dylan Gavin, George Sarah, Jimmy Muffin, John Baker, Ali Handel, Cliff Stepp, Laura Espinosa, JC Gafford, LPFM Band, Marina V., Terrell Edwards, The Black Whiskey Union, Tin Drum, and Todd Wolf.

Proceeds from this album support the Valley Cultural Foundation and its mission of embracing diversity of talent, community, business, and education by providing free programs and events in the arts to all kids regardless of economic or social means.

Listen to the album at this link, and if you’d like to support Valley Cultural Foundation, it can be purchased on Bandcamp.com for only $5.00.

VCF’s CEO Nora Ross quoted George Eliot and told Valley News Group, “’Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.’  “Our goal is to lift people’s spirits, bring them some happiness, and help them forget the world’s troubles with this music,” explained Ross.

Voices of Hope is being hosted by Mark Wallengren, for 35 years “Mr. Christmas” on KOST 103.5. Wallengren’s inside knowledge of the music business led to his immensely popular daily feature “Behind the Song.”

He explained his support of the Voices of Hope album, saying, “I don’t need to tell you what a turned upside-down year this has been. One of the groups affected the most, when it comes to trying to scratch out a living, are musicians. A majority of their income comes from performing for you live. Especially performers you see busking on the street, in clubs and bars here in the Los Angeles area. They have been absolutely decimated. Yet when I put on “Voices of Hope”, I am lifted by the same people who are sharing their art with us (despite the fact that they sure could use some cash) by donating their songs to help raise money for the Valley Cultural Foundation in Woodland Hills, CA. “Voices of Hope” is filled with extremely talented local artists and some truly great songs of the season, delivering a message that we are going to get through these times. And if they can, so can we.”

The Valley Cultural Foundation has produced free Concerts in the Park every summer for over 45 years which included opening acts by emerging artists. The concerts were cancelled this year due to the pandemic, but the Foundation has created a way to continue supporting its emerging artists by bringing their music to the community through this new album.


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