Rhode Island native and Sun Studios recording artist Joe Silva has had quite the year, including singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium and releasing a new CD “Blue” produced by “The Late Show with David Letterman” drummer Anton Fig in addition to performing across the United States and in Ireland and the UK.
He’s returning to Rhode Island on Dec. 14 for a special benefit concert – the “All For One” concert – at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence and will donate 100 percent of the profits from the show to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for pediatric medical care, education and research.
The date also marks the end of his 20-city Autumn Blue U.K. Tour.
PBN: Why did you choose pediatric medical care and Hasbro Children’s Hospital specifically to benefit from this concert?
SILVA: After an absolutely exceptional year for me, musically, I thought it would be nice to cap it off with a homecoming concert. Upon planning it, I inquired with my consultant in Los Angeles about making it a benefit so I could give back. He suggested Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the institution had cared for his brother who battled cancer for many years. I agreed that Hasbro would be the perfect charity recipient as my own daughter was treated there for several days last year after a knee injury. The staff was incredibly professional and talented at their work and exhibited a caring and nurturing demeanor toward all their patients.
PBN: Why is charitable giving important to you?
SILVA: I believe that most humans [if not all] no matter who they are need to lean on others at various times in their lives to make it through challenges that may present during one’s lifetime. I’ve always felt that if you find yourself in a position to better the lives of others, then it is somewhat of an obligation for you to do so for fellow mankind. I have experienced firsthand how I can make a difference to folks around the world via my talents as a musician and songwriter.
PBN: The Hasbro Children’s Hospital said, in a release announcing the concert, that music is a healing art. Do you agree with this?
SILVA: I absolutely believe that music heals. Music can help to relax a person, excite a person, bring souls to other planes. Music, as a universal language, can unite people and spread positive messages across various cultures. For songwriters and listeners alike, music is very much a therapeutic vehicle. I have seen evidence of this when folks come up to me after a performance to inform me they connected with a certain song for one reason or another. As a songwriter, connecting with people through music is all I can really hope for.
PBN: How does it feel to be coming home to Rhode Island to complete your Autumn Blue tour here?
SILVA: Coming home from the road always feels good. To end my 2012 Blue Autumn Tour in Providence in the middle of the holiday season feels extra special, especially after being out of the country for so long. I am sure that I will know many of the people in the audience at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on the 14th, which will make I tall that much more warm and welcoming.
PBN: What can expect next from you?
SILVA: 2013 will bring me back to the UK for more shows and radio interviews in January. I will return to Rhode Island to perform at a special tribute at the site of the tragic Station Nightclub Fire in February [the 10-year anniversary] and will be performing more tour dates on both coasts of the United States. My producer and I are working on a single for the ‘Love-Hope-Strength’ cancer foundation which includes a performance by Ace Frehley of KISS with vocals performed by Mike Peters of The Alarm and me. We hope to raise more than a million dollars to help children with cancer.