What Songwriters Have To Say

The Songs of Love Foundation has given many songwriters a meaningful outlet for their talents. Each “song of love” that is written is a guaranteed hit that becomes part of the child’s life and family forever. Here is what some of them have to say about their experiences after dispensing their Medicine of Music™

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. It’s been a blessing that brings me great joy. It’s easy in today’s world to forget the reason why you do something. There are so many distractions throughout a day–we are bombarded with this newest trend or that latest political protest. But, whenever I sit down to write a song for one of the children through Songs of Love, all of that noise goes away, and the sole focus is making one person’s day better. After all, everything good starts with one positive thought, one action, and one person at a time. It is a great organization like Songs of Love who empowers and inspires musicians to give back in a way that wasn’t on our radar’s when we first got into music. And, it is one of the best feelings to get a note back from one of the employees saying that ‘so and so loved the song and is beaming from ear to ear. That’s why I do what I do with Songs of Love, and am proud to be a part of their mission.

— Sincerely,
Jim Gaven


I began working with The Songs of Love Foundation several years ago. I have written maybe 25 or more songs for them. I can honestly say it has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to help them in their efforts to bring some light into the lives of the children that are ill. It is the most rewarding work that I have done in my lifetime. Every once in a while, I will get a letter of appreciation from one of the recipients, or from one of their loved ones, and I can’t describe the range of emotions I feel…to know that I can do something like this for someone else has been nothing short of magnificent. I am so grateful, and honored, to be a part of The Songs of Love Foundation family.

— Sincerely,
   Miguel Baluja Jr.


SOL has been a chance to use my talents for the best of possible reasons: it’s for the aid and comfort of the most vulnerable among us in a time of their greatest need.

— Thomas Jones, songwriter


Being a part of The Songs of Love Family is truly one of my greatest blessings.

— Thank you,
   Shelby Bentley


Last spring I saw an ad for Songs of Love in the Nashville Scene. Songs of Love wanted songwriters to write songs for these precious children. I went to the website to check it out and just knew right away I wanted to be involved. I don’t have children myself, but I have a niece and three nephews that I adore, who are all, thankfully, healthy kids. I called Kathryn Sherrell & sent my package in and have been writing for Songs of Love ever since. This has been truly a wonderful experience for me, a real blessing indeed. I am so happy to be a part of this organization and to be able to use my gift of music to bring a smile to a child who needs it. I hope that the songs I’ve written for the kids have encouraged them and brought some happiness into their lives. Congratulations, Songs of Love, for 10 years and may you have many more!

— Best wishes,
   Donna Frost


The very first assignment I wrote for Songs of Love was a lullaby for Austin. I still think about that little boy today; his story and my melody come back to me often, always out of the blue. I pray he’s thriving and am grateful for the gift that John Beltzer gives not just to the kids, but to the many singer/songwriters who are privileged to be a part of the organization. Thank you John and congratulations on ten years of success with Songs of Love.

— Vicky Harris


I have been writing for Songs of Love now for nearly 6 months. Producing demos and writing songs is what I do for a living, but of all the projects I handle, nothing is more rewarding and satisfying than putting a child’s life and loves to music. I’m grateful for the opportunities Songs of Love gives me to share my talents with so many special children.

— William Sherry, Jr.
   Aerugo Productions
   Nashville, TN


I am a songwriter who strongly believes that music can change the world. That is the reason why I volunteered to participate in SOL. What you bring to our world is priceless. That is the cost of a heart smile. To me the work is so fulfilling. Just to know that a song can provoke and smile and touch the heart of a child makes it all worth while. I just received a letter from one of the grandparents “via” Songs of Love saying “how much my song made her granddaughter happy and how she listened to the song all the time.” The letter evoked such happiness in me. That must be what it feels like to get a Grammy because that’s how the letter made me feel like I had won a Grammy. The work is not work it’s a joy. To sing a song for the children is medicine to my soul.

— Singer-Songwriter
   Nanette Maxine


I was introduced to Songs of Love 9 years ago, just before the 250-song celebration. John sat me down on the couch in his parents’ basement, which was his “office” at the time, and handed me a scrapbook bulging with Thank You letters from children, parents and healthcare workers. After reading a few letters I immediately burst into tears and offered to take home 2 Profile Sheets.

Getting involved with Songs of Love was a turning point in my musical life. There’s something magical about the whole process. It sparks people’s creativity in a really powerful, heartfelt way, and invariably the songwriters, employees and supporters of the organization turn out to be cool people. Some have become great friends, collaborators and professional colleagues. Thanks to John’s persuasive nature I also got over the terror of owning and operating a home recording studio… always a plus in this business!

Getting a Thank You letter from a child or parent is always such a thrill… but even when I don’t get one I still have that warm fuzzy feeling you get from making a meaningful contribution to someone else.

Whenever I describe Songs of Love to someone ? anyone ? they are struck with a sense of wonder and inspiration. I share John’s vision that the Medicine of Music should be prescribed to every child in need of healing.

— Love,
   Alex Forbes


Songs of Love . . . Thanks for keeping me on the ground floor of blessings as a songwriter giving gifts to these beautiful children. Hark, I can see Laronda Williams, one of my children right in the front on the Song poster. How lucky am I. All the best forevermore to SOL.

— Irving Louis Lattin


This is the longest I’ve ever stayed with anything, ten years ago I was in John’s basement recording my first Song of Love (I had no recording equipment) and thought that it would be a one time thing. Many collaborations with other writers, singers, a High School chorus, and I even did one where I got every kid (ages 2-13) in my extended family to record a song together. They came out feeling like they had done something of extreme importance and they did. Thank You, John, for your vision and leadership, Kathy, Sarah, Danny, Meny, and any body else who has worked in the office for your dedication and professionalism.

— Alwis De Moya


Dear Songs of Love, I have been a writer for SOL since 1997, almost from the beginning! Before we all relied on the internet, we relied on each other, to record and deliver songs, or to take part in fundraisers on a regular basis. Needless to say, I know John well and SOL has become a big part of my life. So the organization has grown and changed, and I have grown along with it. What began as a some-time contribution from me evolved into a regular one, as I have connected more deeply with my need to contribute to the world’s healing in any way I can. The kids still need support and hope, and I realize that the best I can do is continue to give of my talent and love. So congratulations SOL, I am proud to be considered part of the ‘family’, and here’s to many more years of bringing light into the world.

— Love and blessings,
   Steffani Bennett


It took someone with vision, like John, to see what these songs, Songs of Love, would mean to the children…I’m proud to be a part of that vision, The Songs of Love Foundation.

— Ernie Gold


Being a songwriter for Songs of Love has been a truly rewarding experience. It is a wonderful feeling to know that the songs I create will put a smile on a child’s face and help brighten up their day. Sharing the gift of music for such a worthy cause has been a pleasure.

— Stacy DeLima


I have been writing for songs of love now going on 10 months and it has been an absolute blessing knowing that I’m writing for a good cause. I’ve received back letters for some of the children I have written for letting me know that the songs I’ve written were an encouragement, and knowing this makes me put more thought and creativity into each song I write. I look forward to the next 10 years and 10,000 songs and hope to be a part of it.

— LaJuan Stoxstill-Diggs
   Hip Hop Songwriter


It has been a wonderful experience being a writer for Songs of Love and seeing the remarkable effect a three-minute song has on a young person’s spirit. It is like experiencing miracle after miracle. I hope that many other writers take advantage of this amazing way to use their talent to make the world a better place song by song.

— Kathy Hart


“These remarkable children are my inspiration. I am blessed to participate in their journey, and humbled that my music may find a place in their hearts.”

— Eddie Kilgallon
   Keyboards-Montgomery Gentry, Nashville, TN


My family and I have been involved with Songs of Love for ten years, since May of 1996. What started out as an answer to an ad in the Village Voice asking for volunteer songwriters, has become a deep source of pleasure and creativity for me. Not only do I add music to my life, but I get to create songs with my family and friends for a wonderful purpose…to give some magic and love to a child. The whole world should know about this organization and support it.

— Thanks,
   Ralph Kotkov