Dear Rouge - Supporting a Family and Charity Through Music
Local band ‘Dear Rouge’ recently wrote and recorded a song for an encouragement to the Jacobsen family as they are raising their autistic son (Noah Jacobsen). The song took on a whole new meaning when the father (Kevin Jacobsen) tragically died in a work related accident. The song is now posted on www.dearrouge.bandcamp.com where 100% of the proceeds go to supporting Noah Jacobson’s autism therapy.
Danielle (Dear Rouge lead singer) met Tonia and Kevin Jacobsen at her work (Cactus Club) where they developed a friendship. Through numerous conversations Danielle found out that the young couple had an autistic son. Tonia and Keven shared about the stuggles and expenses that are related Noah’s autism therapy. Danielle was so moved, that she wanted to write and record a song for Noah as an encouragement to the family.
In early June of 2012 Kevin tragically died in a logging accident. The song’s chorus “Let love lead us” became powerful lyrics in carrying the family through this difficult time. The song was used in the funeral service, and took on a deeper meaning than initially intended.
On September 18th, 2012 Dear Rouge released an video http://youtu.be/Si46j7S8T9Y which told the story behind ‘Noah’s Song’. Along with the video the band release the track as a ‘pay what you want’ to download where 100% of the sales go to support Noah’s autism therapy. The goal is to raise $60,000 which would cover Noah’s autism therapy for one year.
The video/song quickly generated buzz being shared by hundreds of people on facebook. Also Dear Rouge is among this years ‘Peak Performance Project Top 20 Bands’ which helped push the story. This lead to a front page cover story in the September 21 Province Newspaper.
In addition to the song, Dear Rouge will be raising money for the Centre for Child Development throughout the month of October. There will be a charity dinner, on October 2nd at the Washington Avenue Grill in White Rock. Along with a charity concert at the Electric Owl on October 20.