Eugene Cho

inviting artists and musicians to help change the world


I’m a wanna be musician. I live in Seattle so I have to pretend that I’m in a band. I have a guitar sitting in the corner of my room and I also have drumsticks on my desk…and I don’t even play drums.

Because there’s something unique about artists and musicians. Yes, there’s vanity and narcissism but then again, who amongst us aren’t vain and narcissistic?

Hear this: No one gets a free pass so we’ll be sharing ways that everyone can join the movement of One Day’s Wages! But one of our strategies we’re sharing today is to partner with artists and musicians from all around the world that are interested in using their voices and platform to partner with ODW and our movement towards ending extreme global poverty.

We’ve just started this initiative and we’re pleased to announce our first partners including Seattle’s very own Rocky Votolato. If you’re an artist/musician, click on the image below to learn more about what the partnerships can look like. And PLEASE forward this to bands, friends, artists, your favs…for their consideration.

But here’s my question and your help is important:

The ethos of ODW isn’t to attract billionaires or the U2s of the world  because we simply don’t roll with the bigshots – although I won’t say no if Bill Gates or Bono calls me. But we’re trying to resonate with local (and some “national”) musicians that take their art and craft seriously and are also growing, emerging, and connected to their fan base – and want to leverage their voices and platform for a greater cause of justice and compassion.

So, can you recommend some of your favorite emerging musicians in your respective cities or countries that I need to pass on to ODW’s Artists and Musicians intern? List their names, urls, and MySpace – if they have one.

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18 Responses

  1. Dan says:

    How about David Bazan or Rosie Thomas?

  2. Rachel says:

    Derek Webb would be an awesome partner!

  3. Amaryah says:

    What about Priscilla Ahn? Big Phony? Susie Suh?

  4. Franklin says:

    What if one is an aspiring musician who has the talent but lacks resources to produce?

  5. Kacie says:

    They aren’t new, but what about Over the Rhine? Or your own favorite, Josh Garrells?

  6. Chris says:

    A great San Fran indie- folk duo that has a good local following is a band called Ivow Owl. They rock.
    http://www.myspace.com/ivoryowlmusic

  7. Bill B says:

    Justin McRoberts

  8. I just RT’d the link to a ton of musicians. I doubt Katy Perry will help, but maybe someone else! I can recommend Ben Kilgore here in Tulsa: http://www.myspace.com/benkilgoremusic

    I echo the Derek Webb, Over the Rhine, David Bazan & Rosie Thomas!!

    Maybe Staci Frenes: http://www.stacifrenes.com/

    Waterdeep: http://www.waterdeep.com/

    Olivette (from Houston… The husband is now the worship leader at my former church, Access – an ECC plant): http://olivettemusic.com/

    Orange Peels… Wonderful people. Friends of mine from the SF Bay Area. Allen’s an indie legend.: http://www.theorangepeels.com/

    And my buddy David Greco, worship leader/singer/songwriter from SF: http://www.myspace.com/davidgreco and http://david-greco.com/home.html

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  10. Jimmy says:

    I like all the suggestions. Webb and Bazan would be great. My suggestions would be Tyler Burkum (www.tylerburkum.net/home.html, http://www.myspace.com/tylerburkum), Katie Herzig (http://www.katieherzig.com/, http://www.myspace.com/katieherzig), mewithoutyou (www.mewithoutyou.com/, http://www.myspace.com/mewithoutyou), Sandra McCracken (who is married to Webb so I doubt you need separate info for her), and my favorite local Reno band Arbor (http://myspace.com/ARBORMUSIC).

  11. jmylander says:

    How about Window View? (http://www.myspace.com/windowview)
    They are a great group out of Seattle (now in L.A.) who just released their first full-length album. It’s great!

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As you gather with family, friends, and loved ones for Thanksgiving and the holidays, I wanted to share an opportunity. Often times, when I speak to people about the privilege of generosity, I remind them, "You don't have to but you get to." It's so true.

My wife and I (and our three kids) started ODW in 2009. We felt the Holy Spirit convicting us to give up our year's salary. It wasn't an easy thing to say "Yes" or "Amen" to but we made the decision to obey. As a result, it took us about three years to save, simplify, and sell off things we didn't need.

It's been an incredible journey as we've learned so much about the heart of God and God's love for the hurting and vulnerable around the world - particularly those living in extreme poverty. ODW is a small, scrappy, grassroots organization (with just 3 full-time employees) but since our launch, we've raised nearly $6 million dollars to help those living in extreme poverty: clean water and sanitation, education, maternal health, human trafficking, refugee crisis, hunger, and the list goes on and on.

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