Sony Wireless for the WIN

Sony’s DWZM50 digital vocal wireless handheld microphone system saved the day during Notes for Notes’ Motown Mix auditions – a project sponsored by Motown Museum to activate some of Detroit’s most gifted youth in recreating a Motown hit.

On a day when unfortunately no microphone inputs were accessible, Sony’s wireless microphones enabled N4N Program Director Charity – in her debut role of sound woman – to connect the Sony receiver to a Stagg Amplifier with a simple instrument cord. Just like that, the vocals of Detroit’s young, budding artists resonated throughout the very impressive Detroit School of Arts Studio A as they performed classics like Stevie Wonder’s Ribbon in the Sky and the Jackson 5’s I’ll Be There

With a simple recipe of a microphone, a receiver, an instrument cable, an amplifier and two AA batteries, Sony’s wireless system allowed even an amateur sound woman to fill the room with fresh Motown sound.

CLICK HERE to sample some of the amazing youth sound N4N Detroit is going to get to work with on this project!

This is Charity. She is Detroit.

unnamedCharity Ward grew up in a Detroit neighborhood very similar to the home of Notes for Notes. Homeschooled with 3 siblings, Charity developed a competitive edge that would make her stand out and an unharnessed drive to succeed.

By day, Charity is Detroit’s Notes for Notes Program Director and Area Director for Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans. By night, Charity is an amazing R&B/Soul Singer Songwriter. All day every day, Charity’s vibe is as electric as her gravity defying hair and her heart as beautiful as her caramel skin.

Take last Tuesday for example:

11:00 am: Charity the Artist performed at DIME for the President of Republic Records and Nick Cannon to showcase up and coming musical talent in Detroit. Charity opted to sing her original song Pretty as it is upbeat, hopeful and very much alive by nature – which is how she views Detroit. It’s a song that inspires people to sing along. To move together. To be part of the action in a positive way.

This is Charity. She is Detroit.

2:00 pm: Charity the Area Director of N4N Detroit stood on stage in Alliyah Hall inside the Detroit School of Arts. She offered a dynamic presentation on the rich history and impact of Motown. A presentation that started with DSA students lounging in their chairs, and ended with them leaning forward to find out more. At the conclusion, Charity announced open auditions for youth to participate in Motown Mix – a collaborative project supported by the Esther Berry Gordy Bullock Foundation. An opportunity for young Detroit musicians, producers, songwriters and singers to contribute to the rebirth of Motown – to take a song that was and turn it into a song that is. The students surrounded Charity after her inspirational presentation. They couldn’t get enough.

This is Charity. She is Detroit.

6:00 pm: Charity the Program Director of N4N Detroit was inside the Notes for Notes Studio sharing her artistic talents to teach a youth girls’ ensemble Who Would Imagine a King by Whitney Houston for the upcoming Christmas program at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center. They learned the song quickly and sang it beautifully. She said their conviction gave her chills.

This is Charity. She is Detroit.





The rock band NEEDTOBREATHE visited the Notes for Notes Detroit studio after their Meadow Brook stop of Tour de Compadres 2016. The fact this translates to “Tour of Friends” is fitting as Bear, Bo, Seth, Josh and Randall volunteered their time to truly make friends with N4N youth, staff and local donors in attendance. Between breathtaking acoustic performances of original songs off their H A R D L O V E album, the band spent an entire hour talking back and forth with youth to share musical experiences and lessons learned on the road.

The band members spoke candidly with youth, admitting that pursuing their passion is not always easy. While the life of a rockstar often looks glamorous, lots of tough sacrifices have to be made along the way as theyNEEDTOBREATHE N4N Detroit miss their loved ones, especially their kids, at home. Our youth appreciated their honesty and really dug in with insightful questions to find out more. An obvious connection was made during the powerful Happiness – with youth singing along and snapping, because according to Bear, that’s “much cooler than clapping.”

Youth were especially intrigued when they learned band leaders Bear and Bo Rinehart are brothers, and bassist Seth Bolt their best friend since childhood.  The exciting fact they now tour the world together to share their story through song was very inspiring. The incredible bonds of family and friends these musicians share affirmed the value in Notes for Notes’ dedication to forming positive relationships through music.

While it may have been true our youth didn’t know much about NEEDTOBREATHE prior to their visit, it’s a fact they’ll never forget them now. Thanks for taking the time to get to know us, NTB. Much appreciated.