Sharing the love — Barclay Martin

Gen­er­ous, Com­pas­sion­ate, Humble

Bar­clay Martin

You know those peo­ple that you meet that just seem too nice to be for real? Too good to be true? And way too tal­ented to really be so hum­ble. Yep, we were skep­ti­cal as we were get­ting to know our now good friend Bar­clay Mar­tin. And, I have to admit, I retained a bit of that dis­be­lief until I got to know his par­ents, and I under­stood where a per­son like this might come from. Thank you Bar­clay for being you, and for always inspir­ing me to be a bet­ter ver­sion of myself! (And thank you Jen and Howard for your part in that!)

I love Bar­clay and what he is doing so much that his projects have become a sta­ple under our Christ­mas tree, and my whole fam­ily knows him by way of their Christ­mas presents. Remem­ber my asser­tion that buy­ing a present from an artist was like giv­ing two gifts, one to the recip­i­ent and one to the artist? Well, when you buy one of Barclay’s projects you will be giv­ing three­fold! The pro­ceeds from his projects go to fund very wor­thy causes.


Rise and Dream:

A doc­u­men­tary movie that fol­lows Bar­clay and 13 CFCA spon­sored youth in the Phillip­ines as they learn to play their cul­tural instru­ments and give a con­cert on the edge of the jun­gle. Rise and Dream takes the viewer through the rigor of their rehearsals, and into the homes and hearts of this most unlikely stu­dent band. All pro­ceeds go to the CFCA, a non­profit that con­nects spon­sors with youth or elderly in 22 devel­op­ing nations.

Learn more and Buy the Movie Here.


The Snow Globes:

A trio of ultra tal­ented musi­cians, includ­ing Bar­clay, Rick Willoughby and Lind­sey Jones, have made my favorite Christ­mas music EVER. The vocal har­monies give me goose­bumps, and I can’t hardly believe I know the peo­ple singing (and I know LOTS of tal­ented musi­cians). Be sure to add this to your col­lec­tion as well as under your tree. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from CD sales go to the Spof­ford Home — a res­i­den­tial treat­ment facil­ity for kids in Kansas City.

Buy the CD here.


Bar­clay Mar­tin Ensemble:

Pools that Swell with the Rain is a full length cd by Bar­clay and his ensem­ble of KC nota­bles: pianist Mark Lowrey, bassist Rick Willoughby, and drum­mer Giu­liano Min­gucci. Pro­ceeds from the sale of this cd go to to assist in rais­ing aware­ness and funds to drill wells, build san­i­ta­tion sys­tems, and sup­port edu­ca­tional pro­grams in the Kyuso dis­trict of Kenya.

Buy this cd here.


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