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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Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

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#northwestisbest Took a train to Busan. Did not encounter any zombies but I was ready just in case.

Busan. First visit to this city (couple weeks ago) and was blown away by its beauty. Also, shocked that it has become the fifth largest containment port city in the world. That's a lot of import and export.

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  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 6 hours ago
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