Raleigh, N.C. — Right in the middle of all the feasting, gift giving and celebrating that comes with the holidays, one young musician is zeroing in on what really matters -- helping people in the area who need it most this season.
On Dec. 30, local singer/songwriter Kaylin Roberson will host a food drive concert at Deep South in downtown Raleigh to support The Salvation Army. "We believed that this concert would be a good way to bring the community together to help out our local families this Christmas season," said Roberson.
"Everyone who brings canned food to the venue will be entered into a drawing for a $100 cash prize. After the event, we will take all of the canned food to the Salvation Army in hopes that we start to fill those empty shelves."
After two opening acts, the 19-year-old will perform her own songs, many of which were written about serious issues like bullying or overcoming obstacles.
"I do a lot of gigs in the Triangle, and I love to share my gift with the community in many ways," said Roberson. "I'm part of an anti-bullying tour known as Teen Nation Tour, which is a group of artists from all over the country who travel to all different states and to different middle schools, elementary schools and high schools to bring awareness to the bullying that happens day to day. We share a great message through our music as well as through our personal stories."
Roberson, who describes her sound as a blend of country and pop, believes that music can heal -- both emotionally and by producing real, physical resources that can help hungry people and charitable organizations like The Salvation Army.
"As an artist, it’s important to realize that music is healing in so many ways, and it can quickly bring a community together," she said. "The shelves at The Salvation Army are empty, and they're struggling to feed all of the families that come to them. We need to come together to help, and what better way to do that than to put on a concert?"
Admission to the show is $5. Doors open at 7 p.m.
You can check out Kaylin Roberson's music on her website.