A few years ago, singer/songwriter Alex Woodard offered a fair trade for his devoted fans: Anybody who pre-ordered his new album and sent him a letter about his or her story would get a free song written specifically about that narrative.
That album came and went, but the letters kept coming. Eventually, Woodard realized that people were sharing incredible stories with him, from tales of grief over lost loved ones to first-hand accounts of post-earthquake Haiti. He showed the letters to some of his musician friends who regularly came over for “family dinners,” and eventually they turned four different letters into 12 different songs.
The result is For the Sender, a book about the letters as well as the loss of Woodard’s beloved dog Kona. It comes with a the accompanying album of songs (plus an extra that Woodard wrote for the late pooch). The lovely results came courtesy of his multi-talented cast of friends, including members of Switchfoot, Nickel Creek, New Found Glory, and the Wallflowers.
The best part? Proceeds from each song will go to a charity of the letter-sender’s choice.
Check out the project’s trailer below.
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