Please join us as we sing songs of inspiration and restoration and come together to build connection and community. This community singing event will be led by Emily Morrison, Yolanda Coles Jones, and Lori Derr. It will be donation based and all donations will be given to the Heal Charlottesville Fund which is stewarded by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
All ages and all levels of singers are welcome! We will be singing songs that are easy to learn and sing along to.
Charlotteville Native, Yolonda Jones’ unique southern soul is influenced by the likes of India. Arie, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, and Aretha Franklin. With songs that focus on the joy and pain of our times, Jones’ velvet voice touches the heart and head. She is featured on albums by Tracy Howe Wispelwey, The John Spear Band, Bifrost Arts, Liturgical Folk, David Bailey of Arrabon and more.
Emily Morrison is a lifelong educator. Hailing from Ferrum, Virginia, she grew up in a family of musicians and educators in a region steeped in traditional music. She’s passionate about helping people find ways to be creative in the world.
Lori Derr: Improvisational teacher/vocalist. Songwriter/regional recording artist. Founder and leader of the Improvisational and Comtemplative Choir (Charlottesville). Studied with Bobby McFerrin and his colleagues from the Voicestra and has studied extensively with Rhiannon.