Florida non-profit Rock By The Sea’s mission started out as a simple idea back in the mid-2000s: music lovers plus live music events equal a failsafe way to raise money for charitable causes. Over a span of 14 years, the group has proved this theory to be successful with a network of volunteers, musicians, and fans collaborating to raise nearly $800,000 for meaningful causes—all while having a great time at festivals and shows across the country.
The organization has evolved from live events to writing and recording its own music and is poised to release its second collection of songs, Write By the Sea Vol. 2, on June 26. The album—created by a range of talented contributors who donated their time to congregate in a St. George Island, Florida house to write, produce, engineer and record the project from the ground up—follows 2018’s debut release, with both offering up the vibe that has moved along the festivals for so many years.
The curated list of songs bounces around a variety of genres, including folk, rock, pop, soul, and Americana, delivering the sonic mix that has made the charitable endeavor so popular with music fans across the nation. It’s a remarkably cohesive project for such a diverse group of musical talents, some of whom were meeting each other for the very first time at the house where it all originated.
Artists represented on the 11-track album include Michael Logen (who boasts composing credits on Suits, Nashville, Parenthood, One Tree Hill, Heartland), Todd Wright (Bones, Proven Innocent, The Originals, Pitch, Switched at Birth), Steve Everett (who’s toured with Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, Sister Hazel), JR Moore (tour credits including Maroon 5, Zac Brown Band, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, and Hanson), Shannon LaBrie and more.
Today we are pleased to team up with Everett for the release of “Lighthouse In A Parking Lot,” a catchy tune that captures the melodic spirit of Country and blends it with great Rock layers to create a song that often makes you feel as if you’re on church.
On the song, he comments “When our Write By The Sea team first got to the island to make the record, we were still waiting on a few of the writers to come in over the weekend. The first day of writing, we had an odd number of folks so I just kind of went off by myself to get the ball rolling. We (Rock By The Sea) hold our flagship event every May in St. George Island, FL. There’s a famous lighthouse that kind of greets you as you come off the bridge and, for a lot of us, it’s the beginning of that feeling of relief that the island brings. It’s a harbinger of things to come…usually good things. I started thinking about that lighthouse and how GPS has basically rendered them obsolete. Ships don’t need rain-soaked crewmen, up at the top of the center mast, feverishly scanning the horizon to try and avoid land or find ports anymore. They were, however, once crucial to the safety of sailors. That led me to thinking about how useless lighthouses are when they’re not on the coast. They completely cease to be necessary or functional. That’s kind of how some people are haha. They refuse to keep up with the trends, technologies, and social currents of the time they live in. They’ve allowed themselves to become obsolete. They’ve become as disconnected and ineffective as a lighthouse in a parking lot.”
Proceeds from Write By the Sea, Vol. 2 are earmarked to benefit brain cancer research, but that’s not the only cause that the Rock By The Sea organization has contributed to. Others include: Immunotherapy research, Down Syndrome outreach, Tennessee area libraries and Humane Societies, Feed the Children, and others. All in all, a total of 38 states across the nation have represented in lending a helping hand specifically with this outreach.