Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, and Musicians On Call “Making A Difference”

NBC Nightly News Features Darius Rucker, Randy Houser, and Musicians On Call “Making A Difference”
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Top country music artists Darius Rucker and Randy Houser
have both started the new year off with successful music releases, but
they are also being recognized for their volunteer work with
Musicians On Call (MOC), a non-profit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.  NBC’s Lester Holt
recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to join Rucker and Houser as they
performed and visited with patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s
Hospital at Vanderbilt through the MOC Nashville branch.  The visit,
recently highlighted in
Country Weekly magazine, will be the focus of the “Making a Difference” segment of NBC Nightly News this Saturday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 CT plus a “Web Extra” on the Nightly News tab of NBCNews.com featuring an extended interview with Rucker.
 
The
two artists shared with Holt their experiences over the years
performing for patients in healthcare facilities and the influence it
has on them personally to witness the visible affect music has on these
patients.  Weighing in on the advantages of having Musicians On Call in
their hospital was Dr. Elisabeth M. Dykens, Professor of Psychology and
Human Development and Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for
Research on Human Development, who can personally attest to the patient
benefits achieved through music. 
 
“Everyone
could see the impact of music on the patients, their families and
hospital staff when Darius Rucker and Randy Houser entered the hospital
rooms to play a song just for them,” shares Musicians On Call Executive
Director,  Dr. Leslie Faerstein.  “Musicians On Call goes to the
bedsides of patients 41 times a week in six cities and delivers the
healing power of music to those who need it most.”
 
 Photo Credit: Joe Howell
 
Rucker is gearing up for the summer release of his upcoming album, True Believers, featuring his latest critically-acclaimed single, “Wagon Wheel.”  Entertainment Weekly calls the song “a rich, twangy romper with a decidedly sunny vibe,” while USA Today praises
“Wagon Wheel” as a “sure-fire hit.”  “Wagon Wheel” follows his
previously chart-topping hits “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It
Won’t Be Like This For Long,” “Alright,” “This,” and “Come Back Song.”
 For more information on Rucker, please visit www.DariusRucker.com.
 Photo Credit: Ebie McFarland
 
Houser,
who recently earned his first No. 1 and RIAA Gold-certified single with
“How Country Feels,” is busy touring in support of his brand new album,
How Country Feels, released Jan. 22, 2013 on Stoney Creek Records.  Associated Press heralded, How Country Feels is “stuffed with country soul-inflected mid-tempo arrangements that highlight Houser’s rich voice,” and The Washington Post proclaims, “Houser’s back with How Country Feels,
a buoyant, hook-filled outing that seems to have the Mississippi native
angling for Nashville’s softer, feel-good center.” Selling out shows
nationwide, more information can be found online by visiting www.RandyHouser.com

About Musicians On Call (MOC)
Musicians
On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and
recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities.
 To date, its volunteers have played for over 350,000 people nationwide.
 Musicians On Call continues its mission through room-to-room hospital
performances by both local musicians and national celebrities as well as
the CD Pharmacy Program.  For more information, please visit www.musiciansoncall.org.

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