This month I had the privilege of attending a CD release party for Joe Brunsting’s album, In Colour. I knew Joe from my university days, where we were part of a social justice club together. For a while, one dream of Joe’s has been to create an album, and he told me at the end of last year that he wanted it to support Hope for the Sold. We were very excited! The event was lively and well-attended, and we were so grateful that Joe chose to combine an ambition of his with an issue that he is passionate about. Here are some questions I asked Joe after the concert:
What pushed you to join the anti-trafficking club at the University of Guelph years ago?
I joined the anti-trafficking club at the University of Guelph four years ago because I was offended by the concept of human trafficking. Out of any world issues I have heard about this is one of those that is clearly wrong no matter which way you turn it. Basically I just felt that it is something that is important for people to be aware of and wanted to help increase awareness.
I wanted to partner with Hope for the Sold because I really respect their vision and motivation. I am inspired by how much they have stepped out and some of the great work that has already been done. I never had in mind to make any money myself from my music and thought that my music could help things along in the $$$ for Hope for the Sold, and this might further enable them to continue their great work.
What first inspired you to make an album?
I was first inspired to make an album when I heard music from some of my friends who had recorded in home environments. Basically I figured “hey this seems pretty accessible” and I was curious to see what I could come up with. I had been doing some song writing and wanted to share it, and I got motivated when I saw how it can be done simply and on a low budget if need be, and come out with good quality and very enjoyable tunes. I had no big aspirations; I just wanted to try something new.
What is your favourite song and why?
a) About half the tracks I recorded myself in my bedroom closet (not actually in studio), and I am pleased with how well it turned out considering I was just starting out and learning as I went.
b) This song is the most fun; it is very upbeat and has great energy.
c) I think this song represents some of my current personal development in exploring more of my own creativity and learning how to live “more colourfully”.
Where can people purchase your CD?
Electronic copies are available for purchase from my website, or they can email me at email@example.com to get a hard copy. $1 from every CD sale goes to Woodland Christian Highschool and the rest goes to Hope for the Sold.
Thank you Joe for caring about this issue and for supporting us! Thanks to all who came out to the CD release party, it was great to meet many of you!
For those who would like to learn more about where the money we raise is going, check out details about our next project to fight sex trafficking here. If you’d like to throw a fundraiser for us, please contact us! Need some ideas? Check our posts on Christmas parties, spa days, bike rides, birthdays bashes & wedding favours.