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Giving Back with Heart n’ Soul

People dancing the night away to the sound of cover songs from the 50’s and 60’s isn’t usually what comes to mind when a person hears the word nonprofit. However, Heart ‘n Soul is not the typical nonprofit.

People dancing the night away to the sound of cover songs from the 50’s and 60’s isn’t usually what comes to mind when a person hears the word nonprofit. However, Heart ‘n Soul is not the typical nonprofit.

The band is registered as a nonprofit organization and was formed to honor the concept of service above self.  Heart ‘n Soul’s 11 musicians use their collective talents to give back to charity.  The fees the band receives for playing at events are given to various charities the band supports or, if they are playing at a nonprofit’s fundraising event, the fees are often given back to that organization.

Since 2010, Heart ‘n Soul has played at more than 20 philanthropic, public and private functions each year including several of the major fundraising events in and around central South Carolina.  The spectacular music Heart ‘n Soul produces helps draw generous donors to these events.  Heart ‘n Soul has helped charities raise more than $2 million since its inception in 2007 and, the band has also donated more than $100,000 to various charities in the community.

Heart ‘n Soul’s roster includes several musicians that are listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located in Macon, Ga. Many of the band members have opened for legends such as James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Billy Stewart, The Temptations, Chicago and Stevie Wonder.  With this type of talent, it is no surprise that Heart ‘n Soul is one of the most requested bands in the Midlands.  Anyone who has heard the band perform knows that the band lives up to it name as its talented musicians truly play from their hearts.

“I joined Heart ‘n Soul because I love music and I have a deep-rooted interest in supporting the good work of the many nonprofits in our community,” said Curt Rone, saxophonist with Heart ‘n Soul. “This marries both worlds for me – I have the opportunity to give back to my community and have a lot of fun at the same time.”

In 2013, the Heart ‘n Soul Band Fund was formed at Central Carolina Community Foundation in order to perpetuate the name, history and the legacy of giving that is the mission of Heart ‘n Soul.

“We are delighted to support the band’s philanthropic work, said JoAnn Turnquist, President & CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “Heart ‘n Soul inspires others to give through their music and their financial support.  The band is a unique treasure for our community.”