Helping with a great cause…
My heart lies in what I say in my lyrics; my pride lies in Mass General Hospital. Recently, I have teamed up with the Mass General Music Therapy program located in Boston. This incredible charity teaches cancer patients and other inpatients different instruments in order to help them in their journey back to health. If the patient falls in love with the instrument, the faculty of the program lets the child take it home with them! I recently donated over $2,500 dollars to this program after a stellar fundraiser to aid in purchasing new equipment for the program and new instruments for the kids… But I’m not done. I’ve committed to donating to the MGH music therapy program. Help me spread the word and help a great cause!
If you’d like to learn more about the program, or donate to a great cause, just click here to visit the Mass General website to learn more! Here is a quote from a mother of a patient with cancer in this program that really kind of says it all:
“By making music, listening to music or composing songs with our music therapist people with cancer can develop skills to help them through their cancer experience. Music therapy provides an outlet for their emotions, and can help reduce stress, decrease side effects like nausea and manage pain. “My daughter told me that while she was playing music with you, she didn’t feel the pain at all. So please keep doing what you are doing and know that you do make a difference.”
Here are some links to articles online about Ibby and her involvement in the music therapy program if you’d like to learn more!
Great American Song Contest Finalist!
I was excited to be selected as an honor finalist for the 18th Annual Great American Song Contest for my single, “Lightning Don’t Strike Twice”! The GASC Judges reviewed songs by over 1800
songwriters around the world, so it was awesome to be able to be included in that talented group! It was a great experience! Check out their website to learn more!
New England Music Awards Nominee!
I’m also excited to have been selected as a “new artist of the year” nominee by the New England Music Awards! Check out their website to learn more about them!
I recently participated in Community Auditions at the Strand Theatre and was a finalist! Feel free to click on the logo/link below to visit the Community Auditions website to learn more about the show!
“Ibby and Folk”
A few of my friends and I recently competed in a local charity fundraising event called Talent 4 a Cause, with procedes going to help the Homes for Our Troops organization. And guess what, we won! We had a great time, and were happy to be a part of something so important. Here are some links to the YouTube of the performance as well as to a couple of article that were written about the event and the Homes for our Troops organization. Check them out!
True Original Artists
Another great opportunity that I just recently had, was to be interviewed by a local television host, Joe Kidd, for his show, True Original Artists! The interview went great, Joe was awesome, and I had a lot of fun! Feel free to click on the link here if you want to watch the show for yourself!
Country Music Hall of Fame
A few friends and I recently got the opportunity to participate in a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame called, “All for The Hall New York 2015”! Here’s a picture of me and popular music artists Maddie and Tae enjoying the great music experience! Here’s a couple of links to the write-up on this great event from the Rolling Stone magazine and Country Music Hall of Fame!
The “Spot On” Radio Show
I recently had the awesome opportunity to be interviewed as an up-and-coming new artist on a local radio station! Click on the audio player below to listen to the interview!
Hear Ibby’s Radio Interview!
In Other News…
There’s a lot going on for me right now, including setting up a fundraiser through the local Easton Lion’s Club, winning an art contest at the Blackthorne Tavern, and much more! Stay tuned for more updates on all my latest news, and thanks so much for your support!
On American Idol…
I’d say the funniest part about my American Idol adventure was that I auditioned by accident. There was an attraction in Disney World that was directly linked to the real American Idol. I was completely oblivious to that connection, so when they handed me a golden ticket after winning the ‘simulation’ I was totally blindsided. But two months later, my mom and I flew out to Minnesota, waited for 13 hours in a room with a lot of interesting people, and tried my luck on the real stage. It was an incredible experience- and on top of it all, I got to have a ton of room service.