Songwriters + Participants
We have paired 5 breast cancer survivors with 5 different songwriters. Here is a little more information about each of them. Please follow along with the songwriting process on our social media channels.
Cara is a singer-songwriter hailing from the Pacific Northwest. She spent some years in Northern Arizona, inspired by the magic of the desert. When she’s not playing her guitar and writing songs, you can find her hiking with her dog Joni (named after Ms. Mitchell of course!).
Before she was diagnosed with breast cancer, Julie survived a brain tumor. During these trials, Julie relied on her planner to get through the treatments and the emotional roller coaster. She started Ready For Recovery Cancer Treatment Planners to help others.
Brett's been singing and writing songs his entire life. Drawing inspiration from country and folk music, Brett's songwriting creates emotive landscapes reflective of Montana sunsets, wild waters, and the tough, honest, and loving people of Big Sky country.
Arlisa was a yoga teacher, healer, and amazing mom. She called Montana home and encouraged others going through breast cancer to take the time and space necessary to hear their own inner wisdom. Arlisa spoke of breast cancer as a teacher and a gift. But for us, Arlisa was the teacher and the gift.
Arlisa passed away on October 29, 2019. We are forever grateful that she shared her story with us.
Lio Nicol is a songwriter and artist who grew up playing sports, being crafty and singing in the closet, too shy to really bust out in song for the first 20 years of her life. She has always loved poetry and music and now she does those things in L.A. where she currently works, writes, sings and plays.
The daughter of a famous Montana musician, Halladay was born with music in her blood. On the road with her renowned musical family, she used those experiences to develop her distinctive songwriting voice and unique musical talents.
Jamie is an indie folk singer-songwriter and speaker. After earning her law degree and weaving her way through nonprofit and government anti-violence work, Jamie joined her first band and started down a path that made music a bigger part of her life. Jamie is the founder of The Great Blue Song Project.
Tell your story. #FindYourSong.
If your life has been affected by breast cancer, we want to hear your story. When The Great Blue Song Project sets out to create an album, we also aim to build community, to connect family and friends, to decrease loneliness and isolation, to paint a picture of the many paths we can take to cope with illness and grief.
These are a few ways to share your breast cancer story with The Great Blue Song Project community:
Have you already written a song about how breast cancer has affected your life? Please share a link so we can hear it! Do you have a story, a poem, or a work of art about your experience with breast cancer? We want to hear your voice and enjoy your art.
Other ways to help us create
the breast cancer album.
As a nonprofit organization, we rely on your financial support, in-kind donations, and volunteerism to fulfill our mission. Here are a few ways you can help us bring the breast cancer album into the world and touch the lives of many people.