Local musicians record songs written by patients at children’s hospital

Local musicians record songs written by patients at children's hospital (Image 1)

A group of young patients from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital who have been working with a music therapist had the chance to get their songs recorded by famous voices.

Gigi Pasley, 15, began fighting leukemia before her second birthday.

She has had two bone marrow transplants and a long list of serious medical problems related to her cancer treatments.

Pasley is among a group of young patients at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital who worked with music therapist Jenny Plume.

They had songwriting sessions together during which the children would work with Plume to write lyrics as a form of therapy.

“There is no normal. There is no regular. There is no perfect day,” some of Pasley's lyrics state.

Then Plume had an idea.

“One day I thought, ‘We are in Nashville. We have amazing artists here. Maybe we could get them to sing the songs and make a bigger production of it,'” she said.

With the help of Music Row recording engineer Tom Fouce, Plume matched her patients with a few famous voices.

Pasley had her song recorded by Amy Grant.

“It was just like a hobby. You never think someone famous is gonna sing my song,” Pasley said.

The result of the collaboration is called “Everybody Has a Story”, a moving musical legacy of heartfelt songs.

Other artists who participated in singing songs written by patients at the children's hospital include Vince Gill, Phil Vassar, Alison Kraus, Kix Brooks and Faith Hill.

To read more about “Everybody Has a Story”, visit ChildrensHospital.Vanderbilt.org.

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