Musicians for Le Bonheur: Local Artists Rock Out for Good Cause

Musicians for Le Bonheur: Local Artists Rock Out for Good Cause

Le Bonheur is a place where every child matters. This summer, musicians from across the Mid-South are raising their voices in support of the children’s hospital in a project called "Musicians for Le Bonheur."
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Le Bonheur is a place where every child matters. This summer, musicians from across the Mid-South are raising their voices in support of the children’s hospital in a project called "Musicians for Le Bonheur."

Justin Jaggers is the driving force behind "Musicians for Le Bonheur."

"I’m all about trying to do something different and what better way to do that in this town than by sponsoring a charity with your own music," said Jaggers.

He and his business partner Rae Williams put together 25 live shows this summer to fund a CD that will benefit the children’s hospital. Both say it wasn’t hard to find local artists to participate.

"You send an email out, 'Well, we’re putting together this charity CD for Le Bonheur,' and people start beating down your door," said Jaggers. Williams agrees, "We didn’t ask anyone for music. We kind of put out this is what we’re going to be doing and bands were coming to us saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got this, can you use this?’ So it’s been amazing," said Williams.

The musicians get to see first-hand the kids they’re helping. They’ve held special performances for the patients.

"They’re very passionate about seeing someone else come in and entertain them," said Le Bonheur spokesperson Michelle Stubbs.

Megan Myles is one of the musicians donating her time. "I say that it’s the most rewarding thing that I’ve ever done so far with my music since I’ve been writing and performing as a singer/songwriter."

The non-profit hospital takes care of 200,000 children each year. Many of those kids don’t have insurance. That’s one of the many reasons local musicians are banding together in support.

"It’s a really worthy cause. It's children," said Williams. Jaggers also encourages everyone to check out a show, "It all goes to a great cause. These bands are really good!"

The folks at Le Bonheur say it’s a win-win situation. "You’ll not only get a great night of entertainment but you’ll know that you’re doing something good. We’ve got to make sure Le Bonheur’s doors remain open and the only way we can ensure that is through community support like this," said Stubbs.

The live shows continue through September. That’s when the "Musicians for Le Bonheur" CD goes on sale. You’ll also be able to buy an altered version on iTunes. You’ll be able to listen to 48 local artists performing 72 original songs.

The organizers say all of the songs are family friendly. They wanted the kids to be able to rock out, too!


For a list of upcoming “Musicians for Le Bonheur” shows, click here.
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