‘The Sound of Music For Newtown’ CD launched by former Shelton residents

Denise Labrecque and Evan Betts wanted do something to help those effected by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. They grew up in Shelton and currently live near Newtown. After they heard that a friend and former classmate lost his son that day, they really wanted to help.

That’s when Connecticut Voices For Heroes began. Their first project is creating a CD which will launch in March. Local singer/songwriters perform on this CD — which spans across multiple genres. Proceeds from album sales will go to the Healing Newtown Arts Space, (Healingnewtown.org), sponsored by The Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, and The Connecticut Office of the Arts. To hear the artists and read their bios go to www.voicesforheroes.com

The launch of the album willn be Saturday, March 23, at the Crowne Plaza in Danbury. CD’s and T-shirts will be for sale at the door for $10.95 ($4 off regular price). Autographs will be available from 4-5:30, then performances 6-8:45 p.m.

The second compilation, “Voices From Around the World, The Music,”  will be released near the end of April.

Voices For Heroes registered with the state of Connecticut and became a small non-profit organization, with their complete 501(c)3 pending, to be final in a few weeks. Labrecque is the founder of “Voices for Heroes” and Betts is her partner in the creation and development of the project.

“In our call to receive original music from singer/songwriters who have written for/about or inspirational/encouraging words for Newtown, or for the world to heal, we started to receive submissions from as far away as the U.K., Hawaii, and all over the United States,” Labrecque said in a press release. “Then we started scouting the internet for songs that would encourage peace, love and kindness. The overwhelming response grew our project from one CD to now having our second CD. The second will be a double album, filled with great music from these generous artists, willing to share their music with the world as a royalty free donation. Over 30 artists have joined us in our efforts to help.”

For more information, call 203-574-3322, email: admin@voicesforheroes.com, or visit voicesforheroes.com or facebook.com/Voicesforheroes.