Lullaby Project brings music to homeless moms, babies

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A unique program that started at Carnegie Hall in New York has come to Portland to help mothers dealing with homelessness.

The Oregon Symphony approached Portland Homeless Family Solutions to bring the Lullaby Project to Portland. The program pairs mothers with singer/songwriters to create lullabies for their babies.

“We all begin with music,” Monica Hayes with the Oregon Symphony said. “Music is in our DNA and if we’re lucky enough to have parents who sing lullabies to us, it’s part of communication.”

Several well-known musicians, like Storm Large and LaRhronda Steele, got on board.

Just 6 months ago, Kate Fraser would never have dreamed she’d be in a room surrounded by mothers and musicians listening to a lullaby she wrote for her 6-month-old daughter, Aurora Eve.

“There’s no words,” she said. “I mean, it was a dream come true to work with a songwriter and musician.”

The Lullaby Project helps mothers write songs for their kids, expressing their hopes and dreams for the future.

“She was so incredible,” singer/songwriter Anna Tivel said. “I just played some chords and we spent a lot of time talking about what she wanted to say and she wrote this beautiful poem over the chords.”

“I wanted her to have a message that life is yours,” Fraser said. “Do with it whatever you want. Take the bull by the horns and don’t let this world get you down.” 

The songs will be performed at a free concert at The Old Church in downtown Portland on April 26 and will be streaming on Soundcloud the next day. 

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