Songs For Kids Foundation brings musicians to children's hospitals throughout the country. One of our signature programs, Songs For Kids Records, allows hospitalized children to learn how to write and record original songs. It's an amazing creative outlet for these kids, who are facing very unique experiences. The kids work with producers and songwriters to craft their personal stories and ideas.

Songs For Kids artists will be performing on the main stage each day at Shaky Knees!

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Nia Dawson

"After realizing how the stresses of dealing with POTS seemed to melt away whenever I would grab a mic, I attended [Songs For Kids] weekly concerts religiously. I began to look forward to them after long days filled with grueling physical therapy sessions. In that room with a guitar, a mic, and kids who were facing similar circumstances, I could drop my brave face. Not having to pretend I was fine was freeing and just plain FUN.

Emotions that had been buried for so long resurfaced in writing and recording sessions with Sanjay and Exit as 'Brave Face,' a song that captures the mindset and reflects the will of many children battling serious illness."

"Brave Face"
Written by Nia Dawson, with Sanjay Kothari
Produced by Mark "Exit" Goodchild & Sanjay Kothari
Engineered & Mixed by Mark "Exit" Goodchild Mastered by John Horesco IV

Nicolas Duncan

In "Stars," Nicolas shares his experiences dealing with chemotherapy and his illness.

"It all began eleven months earlier, when I was diagnosed with a form of cancer called lymphoblastic lymphoma. When I started getting chemo treatments, I couldn't get my mind off the horrible tasting chemo.

"I met Songs For Kids, and when they came in, it would brighten my day. I didn't know this program would play such an important role in my life."

Written by Nicolas Duncan, with Spencer Durham
Produced by Ben H. Allen
Mastered by John Horesco IV

Micah Arnholt

"On one of my stays, I started writing this song because I was bored and wanted to lighten my mood. I didn't think much about it, but it made my nurses laugh, and they asked me to sing it for other kids who were down and depressed.

"Then Jeremy from Songs for Kids spent three hours one afternoon orchestrating it with me. I am amazed that someone I didn't know would take the time to make my stay at the hospital so great. Now I sing it for you. The ileostomy song. (An ileostomy an opening in your belly wall whereby waste passes through into a bag instead of traveling through to your...well you know.)"

"The Ileostomy Song"
Written by Micah Arnholt
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Jeremy Ezell