Orange County Composer Patrick Gandy Seeks to Create Ongoing Revenue for Community Based Organizations serving people with HIV/AIDS

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Patrick Gandy is a man on a mission: to create an ongoing revenue stream for Community Based Organizations serving people with HIV/AIDS. Via the interconnectedness created by the Internet, he dreamed of a project that could use today’s technology to save lives and improve the quality of life for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Blair & Taylor Music invites Community Based Organizations to partner and receive funds raised by your involvement with this unique project for World AIDS Day, December 1st and beyond.

Patrick Gandy is a man on a mission: to create an ongoing revenue stream for Community Based Organizations serving people with HIV/AIDS. Via the interconnectedness created by the Internet, he dreamed of a project that could use today’s technology to save lives and improve the quality of life for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS. Blair & Taylor Music invites Community Based Organizations to partner and receive funds raised by your involvement with this unique project for World AIDS Day, December 1st and beyond.

Armed with nothing but talent and conviction, composer Patrick Gandy decided to take on the AIDS epidemic and break the silence of how it is still ravaging the African American community, especially women of color. This father of three decided he could no longer stand by and watch his teenage daughters grow up in a world so dangerous and threatening, without doing something. Gandy’s something is magnificent; a poignant ballad as a fund raising vehicle for community based organizations working with those impacted by HIV and AIDS. The Silence is Broken reminds us that we need to reach out to each other. And as a creator of new content for the Internet, Gandy believes that instant access to downloadable music and video is the way to go.

The Silence is Broken is more than a beautiful song about the struggle a young woman faces when she discovers she is HIV positive. Pertinent to all of us, the song begs us to answer the question “who will tell my story?” More importantly, The Silence is Broken is an effective tool for AIDS Awareness and Sex Education for young women. It serves as a reminder to honor and protect themselves.

Performed for the first time on October 22, 2004 during the United States AIDS Conference in Philadelphia by Renee Goldsberry, the song was well received. Renee Goldsberry’s credits include Alley McBeal, Nala in the Broadway production of The Lion King and she is currently starring in ABC’s One Life To Live and The Color Purple on Broadway.

Patrick Gandy, producer and musical director, has worked with such great artists as Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder, Seal and James Ingram to name a few. He has composed and arranged music for the Emmy Awards, the People's Choice Awards, television commercials and motion pictures. He has lent his conducting skills to the 2002 GRAMMY¨ Award winning Dianne Reeves tribute recording to Sarah Vaughn entitled The Calling, as well as the National and Regional Tours of The Lion King, Aida, Dreamgirls, and Five Guys Named Moe.

With World AIDS Day right around the corner, December 1st, it is the perfect opportunity to use the Internet as a distribution vehicle for both the message and the solution. Cable Positive, the cable industry’s voice in the HIV/AIDS movement, will be featuring The Silence Is Broken as a Video On Demand (VOD) piece. The piece will be featured as part of its community AIDS awareness campaign airing December 1st as well. To find out how your organization can participate, or for interviews, please contact Maureen O’Crean at 310-379-9620.

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