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Seventh Day Slumber

Seventh Day Slumber has long been heralded as a band that refuses to sugarcoat the struggles of real life. As the band has matured over the last 15 years, their perspective and relevancy are as strong as ever, and their anthems of praise are even more profound.

They found chart success with a string of top-10 singles, but more importantly, they’ve seen how the power of music and the gospel can change lives. Through partnership with ChildFund, Seventh Day Slumber is helping hundreds of children in need connect with new sponsors, thanks to the band’s unique way of presenting child sponsorship to their audiences.

Mark Wood & Laura Kaye

Mark Wood is a world-renowned performer who rose to fame as string master and original member of the internationally acclaimed Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A successful solo artist in his own right, Mark writes and records original music for film and television and has released six solo albums.

Mark has collaborated with and appeared alongside some of the biggest names in music, such as Lenny Kravitz, Celine Dion and Kanye West. But his true passion is music education. As seen on The Today Show and CBS’ Evening News, his program, Electrify Your Strings (EYS), now in its 15th year, is an intensive rock and roll workshop for school music education departments that boosts student self-esteem and helps to raise money for music education. With his partner and wife, vocalist Laura Kaye (who has worked with Aretha Franklin and James Brown, among others), Mark and EYS visit upwards of 60 schools per year. With more than 100,000 students reached, Mark and Laura also want to expand their efforts throughout the world and help those who are less fortunate and in need of a sponsor to provide food, clean water, health care and access to education. Mark and Laura present the power of ChildFund child sponsorship and how we can all make a difference and help children.

Austin Renfroe

It’s sometimes hard to combine the spirit of a soulful song-crafter and the energy of a concert artist, but Austin Renfroe brings both to the page and the stage. This Atlanta native is quickly making his mark as one to watch!

With the release of his first album in 2008, Stuck In Your Head, followed by his buzz-producing Unexpected EP in 2010, Austin has garnered critical and fan acclaim and sold hundreds of thousands of digital downloads and streams, creating an ever bigger platform for this up-and-comer to reach his audience. He has been touring the country, performing mostly on college campuses and speaking on behalf of ChildFund about the powerful impact each person can have through child sponsorship.

Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul's songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 15 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Ellis grew up in a potato-farming family in Maine, earned a track scholarship to Boston College, and got his musical start at Boston's open-mic scene. It was a time and a place that nurtured some of the country's top singer-songwriters.

Ellis was one of its more memorable exponents, earning his place on the national map with 20+ years of playing 150+ shows annually, and putting out 19 releases, two of which are Parent's Choice Award-winning children's albums. The most recent children's album, The Hero in You, will be released as a CD/book combination by renowned publisher Albert Whitman & Company this September.

While Ellis’ style can be highly introspective, it is also formed in part by the five years he spent as a social worker. Every day, he struggled to help poor urban kids hovering dangerously on the edges of the criminal justice and welfare systems. It is through his connection with children that the partnership with ChildFund was created. Ellis has partnered with ChildFund to present child sponsorship to his audiences and give them an opportunity to make an incredible change in the life of a child.

Seth Glier

Despite his relatively young age, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter/pianist/guitarist Seth Glier is a seasoned troubadour. Averaging more than 250 live performances annually, Seth has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows and playing major folk festivals.

The incredible acclaim on his sophomore record, The Next Right Thing, led to the single “Lauralee” hitting #1 on Clear Channel's NEW! Discover & Uncover program and also picking up a Grammy nomination. In 2012, he took home Best Social Action Song for his track “The Next Right Thing” at the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards, his second IMA win.

Seth’s third album on MPress Records, Things I Should Let You Know, is steeped in all the most gorgeous aspects of Americana, folk, blues, pop and soul, with each of its 13 tracks telling its own story, weaving tales of love, pain and epic self-realization from a young man coming into his own, all wrapped in sweeping melodies and striking vocals.

Seth began partnering with ChildFund in 2013 and has shown himself to be passionate about sharing the impact that sponsorship can have in transforming the lives of children and communities living in poverty.

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