Terrence Cunningham: A True Friend To The World

Prolific musician and singer to visit Hawai’i hospital for women and children as an ambassador for music therapy

NBC’s The Voice phenom and one of #TeamAlicia’s most memorable cast members to date, Terrence Cunningham will make a special appearance at Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawai’i for a performance presented by DSE Live’s Artistry Unplugged on Thursday, July 5th from 1pm-2pm.

After charting on Billboard and iTunes, and spending several amazing weeks performing in front of millions on NBC’s The Voice television show, Cunningham, known on social media as @afriendtotheworld, has taken his exposure in a different direction with a desire to use his talents to help those who are coping with pain and trauma. While at Kapi’olani, Cunningham will perform inspirational music for the patients, family, and staff as well as read excerpts from his book Just In Case.

“As a musician, I know how powerful sound can be, how it can stir what needs to be moved,” says Cunningham. “Through Artistry Unplugged, I can connect with people in a way that’s nurturing and healing during this time of service.”

Desiree Samira, Creative Director and the brain behind Artistry Unplugged, knows first-hand how impactful Cunningham’s form of music therapy can be. Ten years ago, the two were introduced and collaborated to develop a concert series in Washington D.C. that inspired the music community and promoted the U Street renaissance.

“Artistry Unplugged is intimate and impactful, and I created this with the listener in mind,” says Samira. “Centering artists like Terrence in the middle of the listener’s environment is how you rouse what’s inside of them and create significant experiences.”

Studies prove the positive impact of music therapy on increasing energy, promoting healing and providing a positive mood. With Terrence’s smooth and melodic delivery over keys, Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children will be transformed by way of song and soul. As the only dedicated women and children’s hospital serving families across the state of Hawai’i and the Pacific Region, Kapi’olani recognizes diverse approaches to wellness and understands the delicate nature of its patients. A music therapy session through Artistry Unplugged is just one of many ways Kapi’olani chooses to show innovation in the world of health and wellness. Just In Case, Cunningham’s well-curated collection of quotes, stories, and life lessons learned so far on his journey fits into Kapi’olani’s program of self-care and wellness by encouraging readers to express gratitude, increase positive thinking and ponder ideas that raise our self-esteem.

As a not-for-profit medical center, Kapi’olani relies heavily on donations and community funding to develop and execute its number of programs for women and children of Hawai’i. Visit the  Kapi’olani Health Foundation to learn more about how to donate their programs.

Media outlets are welcomed to attend this event. For press inquiries, please email Desiree at desiree@dselive.com with “Terrence Kapi’olani” as the subject line or call 240.676.7600 to request an interview.

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About Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children
Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women & Children is Hawai‘i’s only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty hospital. It is well recognized as Hawai‘i’s leader in the care of women, infants and children. With 243 beds, the not-for-profit hospital delivers 6,000 babies a year, and is also a medical teaching and research facility. Specialty services for patients throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific region include intensive care for infants and children, 24-hour emergency pediatric and adult care, critical care air transport and high-risk perinatal care. Over 1,600 employees and more than 650 physicians provide specialty care at Kapi‘olani. The hospital is home to the Kapi‘olani Women’s Center and the Women’s Cancer Center, and offers numerous community programs and services, such as specialty pediatric clinics and the Sex Abuse Treatment Center. Kapi‘olani is an affiliate of Hawai‘i Pacific Health, one of the state’s largest health care providers and a not-for-profit health care system with over 70 locations statewide including medical centers, clinics, physicians and other caregivers serving Hawai‘i and the Pacific Region with high quality, compassionate care. In addition to Kapi‘olani, Hawai‘i Pacific Health includes Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Medical Center and Wilcox Medical Center. Learn more at Kapiolani.org.

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