STAY­ING UP­BEAT

phe irs are tak­ing their pos­i­tive mu­si­cal mes­sage to chil­dren through phe gind­ness Cam­paign, a non­profit that tackles bul­ly­ing in schools.

Austin Way - - NOW IN AUSTIN - By Kathy Black­well

Austin’s all-fe­male band The Mrs have reached thou­sands of women across the coun­try through their songs and videos em­brac­ing self-love. Now they’re do­ing the same for lo­cal chil­dren through an anti-bul­ly­ing pro­gram with the Austin school dis­trict called The Kind­ness Cam­paign (tl­ckind­ness.org), which was started in 2016 for ele­men­tary school stu­dents by the band’s drum­mer, phi­lan­thropist An­dra Lie­mandt. This fall, the non­profit, whose part­ners in­clude ZACH The­atre and Kind Bars, will ex­pand into mid­dle schools with a pro­gram called Kind­ness­palooza, fea­tur­ing The Mrs and spe­cial mu­si­cal guests, in­spi­ra­tional speak­ers and much more. “It’s filled with mu­sic and pur­pose, and the schools can get a lot out of it,” says Lie­mandt, who was moved by statis­tics show­ing that sui­cide caused by bul­ly­ing is one of the lead­ing causes of death for ages 10-24. Lie­mandt is pas­sion­ate about her band as well. The Mrs re­leased their epony­mous de­but al­bum this spring, com­plete with a video pre­miere on Peo­ple.com for their first sin­gle, “Blink of an Eye,” which has gar­nered more than 100,000 views. In typ­i­cal su­per­woman fash­ion, the four busy band mem­bers wrote all of the songs for the al­bum over two week­ends, in­clud­ing the new sin­gle “Some­where to Go.” Adds Lie­mandt: “It’s a song about be­ing there for each other and lov­ing on each other so much that you know strength you didn’t know be­fore.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.