Singer-songwriters gather to help fund mission

– Singer-Songwriter Circle for a Cause
Music by: Tony Caldwell, Daniel Karlish, Bryan Ward, Jason McAnally, Rick Pike and Paul Stupka
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: JoeJoe’s Coffee Shop, Tupelo
Cost: Suggested $5 donation
Extra: Donations of children’s clothing also will be accepted.
Info: (662) 832-1658

TUPELO – The Singer-Songwriter Circle for a Cause is multitasking: The show gives local songwriters an opportunity to showcase their talents while making money for a mission in Ecuador.
The Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo has sponsored mission trips to Ecuador for 10 years, and have become involved with Foundacion Ecuatoriana Elohim, a mission in Ecuador that helps inner-city youth in Quito, Ecuador.
All proceeds from the singer-songwriter showcase will go to the foundation, said Juan Carlos Barcia, who is involved with the foundation and The Orchard.
“It’s a great, great project,” Barcia said, noting that the foundation especially helps children attend – and succeed – in school.
“In that inner-city area, the kids have a public school, but if you can’t afford it, you just can’t go,” said Tony Caldwell, who helped organize the event. “The foundation is filling that void.”
Caldwell, a member of The Orchard, wanted to find a creative way to help Foundacion Ecuatoriana Elohim, and the singer-songwriter night was formed.
“All of these folks are writing songs, and a lot of their music is not getting heard,” he said. Caldwell expects these North Mississippi-based singer-songwriters to perform a mix of spiritual and secular tunes.
“A lot of (the music) will be their own version of worship music that wouldn’t really fit in with the song line-up at church,” Caldwell said.
Barcia said he looks forward to returning to Ecuador with the funds raised from the singer-songwriter night.
“We see the same kids” with every trip, he said. “They’re waiting on our next trip, because they know we’re going to be there.”

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal