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Feeding the Soul celebrates first album

COAST CITIES —More than 350 people and 11 different performers gathered Dec. 18 at the Performing Arts Program at The Neuroscience institute in La Jolla to display the true meaning of community.
The Feeding the Soul Foundation, based at 510 N. Coast Highway, Suite D in Oceanside, released its first album “Feeding the Soul, Volume 1: Family Dinner” with a benefit concert hosted by San Diego Musician Bushwalla and surprise co-host Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz. The evening included performances from Raining Jane, Jessie Payo, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard, Tristan Prettyman, MC Flow, Alysse Fischer, The Makepeace Brothers, Parker Ainsworth, Bushwalla and Day Old Johnson and the Natters.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, which supports sufferers of the Parkinson’s-like disease, their families and caretakers. The event raised more than $10,000 for the organization.
“I’m still trying to gather my emotions after experiencing the explosive energy of Saturday’s benefit concert,” said Vallie Gilley, founder of Feeding the Soul Foundation. “I’m moved to tears when I reflect on the fact that this event flourished from my community’s response to me seeking an outlet for healing. I’m grateful and inspired by those who surround and support me.”
“Feeding the Soul, Volume 1: Family Dinner” is available for purchase at The CD features 13 songs, including new music from Bushwalla, Tristan Prettyman, Raining Jane, Dawn Mitschele, Alex Woodard and more. Proceeds from Saturday’s release of the CD benefited SuperFood Drive, an organization that seeks to transform local food drives, national food banks and global humanitarian aid into providers of nutrient-dense nonperishable SuperFoods.
The benefit CD also contains a cook-booklet, detailing recipes for three family-style meals for large parties, and is the brainchild of Gilley, a baker, coffee shop owner and Feeding the Soul founder. The album is “hosted” by acoustic hip-hop artist Bushwalla, featuring commentary from the original Feeding the Soul benefit concert held March 6.
The Feeding the Soul Foundation promotes concerts for causes, bringing community together in creative generosity. The foundation promotes local artists, charities and businesses that make a positive difference by creating events that draw attention and opportunity to their talents and intents. Proceeds of each show benefit a different local, national or global charity. Since its formation in March 2010, the Feeding The Soul Foundation has donated more than $15,000 to organizations that feed the hungry, empower young women through music, promote environmental responsibility, and free slaves around the world. For more information, visit
SuperFood Drive seeks to transform local food drives, national food banks and global humanitarian aid into providers of nutrient-dense nonperishable SuperFoods. By educating both the givers and receivers of nonperishable SuperFood items, SuperFood Drive promotes health and wellbeing to individuals and their communities. To learn more about SuperFood drive, visit