Mullen's Miracles 2022 Holiday Event - Private Song and Video Release
On December 18, 2022, Mullen's Miracles hosted our 2022 Holiday event at Mama Jans Music Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the perfect place to hold this event since we would preview our first music video and original song, 'I Keep The Light On.' Ross Vannelli (RossVannelli.com) wrote and produced this beautiful song for Mullen's Miracles and recorded, directed, and edited the music video. Working with Ross is an enormous unexpected blessing, and we are grateful, lucky and humbled to have him on our team. In addition to previewing our new song and video, we auctioned off a lovely Jackson Electric guitar, personally signed by Ross, our electric guitarist Chris Blackwell, myself, and Kathy Mullen.
'I Keep The Light On' is a beautiful, relatable and touching song that tells a story about keeping a lost loved one's memory alive, even if only in their heart. I performed the acoustic guitar and sang all of the vocal parts, and Ross did everything else. It is very special, and we are all immensely proud of it. The video and recorded music are not publicly available at this time. Those who donated were given a private link to download the song and the video for personal use. Sign up for a monthly donation for 2023, and we will provide you with a copy of the video and song. To donate, visit www.mullensmiracles.org, log in or create an account. Kathy will also send you a personal care package of other material in the mail to show our gratitude for your kind donation.
Our musical goal is to record and have songs and videos that we can use during our live shows, speaking events, and fundraisers. All of which is to raise awareness of suicide prevention through Mullen's Miracles and support those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to suicide, moving through the grief process and getting back to a healthy, functional life.
I want to thank Ross Vannelli and everyone at Jan Smith Studios for their kindness and compassion in helping us make our event unique and successful. Extra special thanks to Jim Vinyard, Carlie Adair, George Franco, Ashton, and Blake Schuck, Kelly Willis, Julie Napier, Gail Waters, and Mark Williams for all of their help, and as always, an enormous heartfelt thanks to Kathy Mullen for her endless, tireless, and passionate work in spreading her message through Mullen's Miracles. We have a lot of beautiful things in store for 2023, so stay tuned for more.
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Photographs by Carlie Adair
Mullen’s Miracles is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in the state of Georgia, USA.
Providing Individualized Options, Respective Support Systems and Support Provisions to those on the edge, those assisting others in crisis and for those that have lost a loved one to suicide.
Our deepest purpose is to create a safe learning community of hope while providing resources and programs to those suffering from the impact of suicide.
I met Kathy Mullen in 2012 while on the road with another dear musician and friend, Hugo Duarte. We became good friends, and it wasn't long before Kathy approached me with a significant interest in joining the music business. I was looking for a change, agreeing to work together on my solo musical career while showing her the ropes. A short time later, Kathy started working with my band, A1A, moving to Atlanta, becoming integral with A1A, and continuing involvement with the industry.
Early on, Kathy was instrumental in helping me partake in a rarely offered Master Class by award-winning composer and recording artist Gino Vannelli. Over the next few years, I continued to study under Mr. Vannelli, and in 2017 we agreed to make an album together. Unfortunately, the lockdown of Covid 19 brought the recording to a snail's pace; however, we did finish the album recording summer of 2021. By this time, Kathy was the full executive producer of the project.
In the fall of 2018, catastrophic tragedy struck with Kathy's only child, Eric, taking his own life at 26. Eric was a bright, intelligent, compassionate, and loving young man with everything to live for. Eric loved the outdoors and was very curious about life. He was deeply loved and will forever be missed by so many people. To honor Eric's memory and help others prevent suffering from the impact of suicide, Kathy was passionate about forming Mullen's Miracles, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization.
Through her battles with grief, Kathy began building Mullen's Miracles in the late spring of 2020 when we were in Oregon, recording my album with Gino Vannelli. From the beginning of Eric's loss and the start of Mullen's Miracles, we strategized on the nonprofit and that the music projects intertwining as music and the arts are healing components of life. As the album progressed, we noticed that there would be a couple of songs that would help support the message conveyed by Mullen's Miracles. Yet we continued seeking a vision of intertwining music with Mullen's Miracles.
Ross Vannelli is a highly successful, award-winning songwriter, engineer, video director, and producer, and we were working with Ross on videos for my album. Kathy, Ross, and I all hit it off immediately, and work has been highly productive, creative, and fun on the songs for my album.
Over several lengthy discussions, we shared what Mullen's Miracles is about with Ross and how we want to see it grow and help people. Ross is a highly creative artist, constantly coming up with many prolific ideas. He quickly engaged with Kathy's story and our mission with Mullen's Miracles, wanting to bring our vision to life and creatively strategizing with us to add original music to Mullen's Miracles. Before we left, Ross had written two songs for Mullen's Miracles, and we barely made it home when he called with the news that he had written a few more. Since July, we have finished one original song and video for Mullen's Miracles, which will be released in December. We reconvene with Ross in January 2023 to continue creating a vision of music videos specific to Mullen's Miracles.
Our discussion, interaction, and experience bringing Ross Vannelli into Mullen's Miracles have unexpectedly taken our mission and broadened our possibilities, an incredible honor!
I encourage you to please check out our extensive website at MullensMiracles.org, create a login and join our community. There are numerous ways in which you can help us help those who are in crisis. We have a lot of beautiful things to announce before the beginning of 2023, so stay tuned. Please help us help others live their best life. More coming very soon!