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Marin Festival Gala

The Marin Festival Gala featuring Rene Fleming

Making it to the Middle: A Journey of Purpose | Anthony Parker (aka. Wordsmith) | TEDxJHU

In this talk, Wordsmith discusses how he finds his purpose not from fame or notoriety, but simply from pursuing his passion as a musician who gives back. He answers the question, "Can you impact the world and be a successful musician without being famous?" Wordsmith is a Baltimore-based songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. His music has been featured in hit shows like Russian Doll (Netflix), Preacher (AMC TV), ESPN and WWE Programming.

Wordsmith - Believe (Official Music Video)

Wordsmith delivers a biographical tale of the triumphs and pitfalls he experienced as a struggling musician. Dreaming big, seeking the support of loved one's, career roadblocks and sacrificing sleep for your passion are relatable themes throughout the record. The infectious chorus portrays the moments of weakness we all deal with from time to time just to come back stronger and spread our wings.

American Music Abroad - Wordsmith on Tour and in Studio

Baltimore-based rapper Wordsmith toured Africa in 2016 with the American Music Abroad program, part of American Voices, funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S.

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Wordsmith is a Baltimore-based songwriter, performer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 2009 he opened his independent label NU Revolution Entertainment. Since its inception, distribution and licensing deals with INgrooves, United Masters, Redeye, and APM Music helped the company flourish! Wordsmith has released 6 albums over his career, became a Grammy Voting Member and earned winner of Best Rap/Hip Album for Perspective Jukebox at the 16th Independent Music Awards. Wordsmith continues to use... more

Concert for the Human Family

Concerts for the Human Family, a new artistic collaboration led by The Episcopal Church and Presiding Bishop Michael Curry that explores “the powerful intersection between art, justice and faith,” will launch May 22 with a free digital broadcast filmed at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.

The inaugural concert, which pairs pianist, composer and musical director Kory Caudill of Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Wordsmith, will provide an uplifting journey through the human experience of love, grief, loss and hope – a musical commentary on social reckoning in the United States and a pandemic that has touched every corner of the world. The concert was filmed with special care to follow all safety guidelines outlined by the CDC.

Amplifying the work of local musicians in multiple cities, Concerts for the Human Family will feature original music and unique voices that span genres and cultures. Events are designed for audiences of all backgrounds and will take place in traditional concert venues, as well as landmark spaces across the U.S. affiliated with The Episcopal Church. The May event also incorporates From Many, One, an Episcopal project encouraging storytelling and conversations across difference.

Concerts for the Human Family takes us to the powerful intersection of art, justice, and faith,” said the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon for evangelism, reconciliation, and care of creation in The Episcopal Church. “We know music is a catalyst for movements, so we began dreaming: What if diverse groups of artists made conscious music together in our holy spaces? How would that inspire us to pursue beloved community?”

In early 2019, a team of professional musicians, artists, creatives, mainstream music industry executives and church leaders gathered to begin dreaming about what such an initiative might look like. Drawing on The Episcopal Church’s vision for Becoming Beloved Community, which advances racial reconciliation and healing in and beyond the church, Caudill and his team began to shape a musical journey intended to stir listeners.

In addition to concerts, the music will be made available through albums featuring guest artists, musicians and producers. Each recording shares sacred stories of human experience from multiple perspectives, many of which originated from powerful conversations around reconciliation.

“This music is about the creation process as much as it is about finished albums or live events,” Caudill shared. “It’s about the conversations we have with one another, the trips we make to each other’s hometowns to learn about who we’re creating with, and the in-depth research into the topics we write about.”

Caudill continued, “We’re getting to know some incredible musicians who have important stories to tell. This project allows these folks’ art to reach large audiences without having to overcome typical hurdles associated with the music industry. Our only guideline is that we don’t record anything unless it has meaning.”

While spiritual in nature, the recordings and concerts are designed to resonate with audiences across faith traditions and those who claim no religious affiliation. Among the first musical releases due out in May 2021 is a collaboration between Caudill and Wordsmith. Topics covered in the album include Wordsmith’s personal experiences with racial profiling, the 2005 killing of British teen Anthony Walker, and Caudill’s prayers for a forgotten Appalachia.

Additional events are planned throughout the year, with the hope of launching hybrid/in-person events beginning in late fall 2021. For free tickets and more information: https://events.episcopalchurch.org/concert-series/

  • Concert for the Human Family

    Don't miss your chance to be part of this inaugural concert, which pairs pianist, composer and musical director Kory Caudill of Nashville, Tenn., and Baltimore-based hip-hop artist Wordsmith, on an uplifting journey through the human experience of love, grief, loss and hope – a musical commentary on social reckoning in the United States and a pandemic that has touched every corner of the world.
  • WoodSongs Livestream 1026: Wordsmith - "Anthony's Song"

    Live from the Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky

Music for the Masses Academy

Public schools in Baltimore City do not include music classes in their academic curriculum. To combat this shortfall, Rise with a Purpose would like to provide the underserved youth of Baltimore and abroad a lasting place to pursue music. Studies have proven children receiving musical instruction have increased verbal intelligence.  
 
The Music for the Masses Academy will offer the fundamentals of song creation, keyboard, drums, guitar, dance choreography, recording, production, mixing-mastering, performing, classical music instruction with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and music business master classes. We will actively manage its global partnerships to foster domestic and international academic teams for our young aspiring musicians.
 
Students will not merely learn from American educators, but teachers from Ghana, Panama, Angola and more will offer music classes native to their culture. Music is a universal language, so we want to emphasize the importance of learning music from domestic and foreign educators.
 
All music classes, workshops and concerts have the dual ability of an in-person or virtual experience. A significant investment in camera equipment, live streaming software, mobile stage and lights are important in delivering pristine audio and video to students living in other states and abroad.

During our first round of funding, Rise with a Purpose teamed with doTERRA Wellness for a match campaign fundraiser that raised $31,500 towards our Music for the Masses Academy.
 
SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS
Square Feet: 2,200
Layout: Waiting Area, Recording Studio, Dance Studio/Concert Hall, Percussion Room, Strings Room & Music Business Classroom.  

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