Join us for a benefit June 8th 7:00 pm, for a private screening of "The Homeless Chorus Speaks" followed by
Missy Andersen and Her One Man Band
Saturday July 27th 7:oo pm
Voices Of Our City Choir with a special screening of “The Homeless Chorus Speaks”
Saturday June 8th 7:00 pm
Changing the perception and experience of homelessness through musical performance, group participation and advocacy!
Please visit http://www.voicesofourcity.org/
Voices of Our City Choir is transforming the perception and experience of homelessness through the healing power of the arts. We are building bridges connecting diverse communities in positive ways through musical performance, advocacy and education.
Founded in 2016 by San Diego based musicians Steph Johnson and Nina Deering, Voices Of Our City Choir was created in response to the current housing crisis. The choir serves as a space for mutual aid and community building, as well as giving voice to San Diego’s homeless community, past and present.
The choir showcases the abilities and powerful potential of every individual. Singing provides a positive sense of community and solidarity for people facing extreme hardships and their neighbors. It reduces stress, heightens awareness, empowers minds, strengthens bodies and sets the stage for peace and healing.
The love and support that is present at the rehearsals and performances helps choir members to regain hope and move forward in their lives.
The choir has become an in-demand performance ensemble – with as many as 15 performances in a single month.
We have performed live on Fox TV, KPBS, NPR, PBS Newshour. As well as featured stories with Emmys.com, LA Times, The Village Voice (NY), San Diego Union Tribune and more.
One of our greatest achievements to date is that the choir has helped more than 32 of our unsheltered singers to secure their own housing.
We also assist members with clothing, food, transportation, health services, and more with the help of our many donors, volunteers and case workers.
In 2019 we are looking forward to increasing our outreach, advocacy and fundraising efforts, while continuing to build a powerful platform to address one of the defining crises of our city and our times.
“The Homeless Chorus Speaks” is a compelling documentary that creatively depicts a critical and timely social issue: people living without support and shelter. Using a unique community choir ( Voices of Our City Choir) as a vehicle to tell the stories of people suffering with homelessness, the film — like all of Susan Polis Schutz’s documentaries — effectively puts a human face on a crucial problem and makes it strikingly clear just how easily someone can end up living on the streets.
– Lauren Mills, American Public Television
July 27th 7:00 pm
Please visit: missyandersen.com
“If a voice as rich, supple, and vibrant as Missy Andersen’s could come out of a bottle – not that it hasn’t been tried – every blues singer would be dripping deep soul.” – DAVE RUBIN, Author & Journalist.
Missy Andersen and her accompanist/husband, Heine Andersen, love what they do. Keeping a heavy touring schedule, the tenacious twosome performs as a duo which showcases the couple’s individual and combined talents. In the absence of other instruments, listeners find a greater appreciation for Missy’s gospel-tinged vocals and Heine’s Blues & Americana inspired guitar work.
A charismatic performer known for her expressive and earthy vocals, Missy Andersen received the coveted Blues Music Award nomination for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and then again in 2016. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received rave reviews from both critics and fans and ended up on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Albums. Raised in Queens, NY, Missy grew up singing along to the blues, soul, and gospel music of her parents and grandparents. These influences are evident throughout her recordings and live performances.
Originally from the country of Denmark, but steeped in American Roots music, Heine Andersen has toured extensively in both Europe and North America, playing some of the most prestigious stages and festivals throughout his career. Noted for his polyrhythmic acoustic style, Heine plays lead and rhythm as well as bass lines simultaneously. With eyes closed, a listener would swear there were at least three musicians present. Add in Missy’s expressive, deep soul vocal delivery plus humorous storytelling and it’s a perfect match of all things good. Says Missy, “My dad is from South Carolina and my mother is from Detroit so, basically, I’m bilingual. I speak North and South so that’s soul and blues.” Indeed.