If you’re a fan of hip-hop, R&B, or soul music – and you’ve been in Nashville for more than a minute – you may remember Kid Electric Concerts. Toya Haynes started the series four years ago, with the intention of bringing the music community together to benefit local charities. At each show, a number of singers would cover an entire album from beginning to end, with a great house band backing everyone. Some of the shows they did covered classics by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, and more.
Kid Electric Concerts hasn’t produced a new show in two years now, but Haynes is working hard to bring the series back. To do things right, though, she needs fans to help. There is currently a fundraising campaign on indiegogo (similar to Kickstarter) to help raise money for a new series of Kid Electric Concerts. The money raised will go toward building a website, hiring a videographer for the shows, renting rehearsal spaces, and more. Check out the details here.
The campaign runs through January 26, and Toya Haynes is hoping that Kid Electric’s next concert will be as early as March. She’s already settled on an album, too – Acoustic Soul by India.Arie.
The charity this show would benefit will be Thistle Farms/Magdalene. Magdalene, founded in 1997, is a program that offers housing, medical care, and job training for women who have lived lives of prostitution and/or addiction. Thistle Farms is the business arm of the organization. They create handmade bath and body products, and employ 40 Magdalene residents and alums.
If you’re interested in seeing Kid Electric Concerts back in action this spring, you can find out how to help by going to their fundraising page.