PROVIDENCE — Music has a way of offering hope, lifting spirits and bringing about incredible change in listeners. It also has a special ability to take people’s mind off stressful news and unite them in their concerns for the challenges we all face.
As many in their communities continue to self-isolate in their homes in the midst of growing concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19), international Catholic singer-songwriter Ryan Tremblay, of Middletown, feels it’s still imperative to bring music to people.
“Music has the power to heal and communicate messages of hope in a profound way. In times like these, I feel like music is one of the most powerful art forms we have to help us draw closer to God. While we cannot gather in churches as we once did, with every song comes an opportunity to listen and to be united with others around the world — especially during live events.”
Through his music and inspiring spirit Tremblay is dedicated to connecting with his online audience in a special way to let them know they are not alone.
“Online concerts are a great platform to inspire, uplift and encourage the viewer, especially in times like these.”
During a special online performance Wednesday night in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Tremblay began by reading a passage from Bishop Thomas J. Tobin's book, “Effective Faith: Faith That Makes a Difference,” where Bishop Tobin writes:
“Finally, I predict that regardless of what you encounter in the future, God will be with you. That's one of the primary tenets of our Christian Faith, isn't it? We believe in Emmanuel, ‘God with us.’ And we find courage in the words of Jesus, ‘Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.’ (Mt 28:20).”
The response from fans and new viewers has been incredible. Tremblay’s first online concert has been viewed close to 1,000 times, with many positive and encouraging comments streaming in from people of all ages from around the world.
The musician has even received donations from viewers during the live stream, which is a huge help to an independent artist such during a time when all traditional events have been cancelled or postponed.
“I'm so grateful for the online platform because it allows me to stay in touch with everyone while helping me to support my growing family of five during this challenging time,” he said.
Tremblay, who is spending his days at home with his wife Elizabeth and their triplet sons, Andrew, Nicholas and Elliott, believes that music is sacred and has the ability to reach each soul in a mysteriously beautiful way.
“There is a song for every emotion, mood, and feeling and I think that it's important to find music during this crisis that uplifts the spirit. I find joy in listening to Contemporary Praise & Worship (K-Love Radio), and classic artists like Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and the Beatles. I think everyone needs a playlist with songs of hope, comfort and joy right now.”
Tremblay’s next show — to be live streamed Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m., on facebook.com/ryantremblaymusic — will feature songs from his latest CD entitled “TRUST” which will continue to be an important theme throughout his live broadcasts. He will sing, share stories, play guitar, drums and even feature special guests — his family.
Tremblay will also offer live concert events at least three times a week (Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays) and plans to connect in other ways via social media on a daily basis.
“I want to remain a consistent presence to my current fans and hope to attract many new fans and followers over the next several months.
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