Friday, January 4, 2013

'Sharing Blessings' in Independence, Va.

            INDEPENDENCE, Va. (December 2012) – Environmental songstress Joyce Rouse (a.k.a. Earth Mama) (right) greets (from left) Historic 1908 Foundation President Laura Bryant and Vice President Ken Winans during the "Share Our Blessings" celebration in Independence, Va.  The Nov. 17 event at the Historic 1908 Courthouse celebrated arts, culture and community with a children's art show, "Blessing of the Backpacks" presentation, bake sale, and raffle for four handcrafted quilts.  Event Coordinator Penny Halsey noted that the event raised enough funds to fill children's backpacks for several weeks. Earth Mama used the event to celebrate the release of her latest CD, "Blessings of the Universe".  Proceeds from the sale of CDs, quilts, baked goods, handmade hats, and other donated products helped Grayson Backpack Ministry provide nutritious meals and snacks to children. Rouse describes her new project as "inspirational songs for the foreground and background of your days". The vocal and piano-centered CD takes listeners on a soulful and lyrical journey of gratitude, reassurance, hope and wonder with heartfelt praises of God and all God's creation. Earth Mama has been delighting audiences of all ages with toe-tapping music and green-living tips for more than 10 years, “helping heal the planet one song at a time.”  For information about Earth Mama's "Blessings of the Universe" CD, call (276) 773-8529, send an e-mail message to, or visit

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