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LIVE REVIEW: To Write Love On Her Arms – Heavy & Light 2017

twloha hl 2017 1To Write Love On Her Arms is an organization that has been around for over a decade, and in that amount of time, they have helped countless people who have struggled with depression, addiction, and suicide find the resources they need.

Each year, the organization has dedicated one night to songs, conversation, and hope in an event called Heavy and Light. This event, held in Orlando, Florida, brings together people from all walks of life from all over the world to hear the words, whether through song, testimony, or poetry, that some of them so desperately needed to hear or to show support for those in need. 

This year’s event included speeches from organization founder Jamie Tworkowskiand Renee Yohe, the girl TWLOHA was started for.

Returning this year was spoken word poet Tanya Ingram. She never holds back when it comes to honesty in her poetry. Combining pop culture and the hard truth, Ingram is always a crowd favorite. New to the night’s lineup was Propaganda, another spoken word poet from southern California. With a mixture of poetry and hip-hop, Prop engaged the crowd and got the entire group smiling and moving around.

The musical performances are always something the attendees look forward to, and this year, it was no different. Kicking off the night was Zach Williams from The Lone Bellow. He began his performance completely a capella and had everyone amazed by his gritty and intense vocals. His intensity never ceased and left the crowd wanting to know more.

No stranger to Heavy and Light was The Rocket Summer vocalist Bryce Avary. His acoustic set featured songs from his newest album Zoetic. Avary became a one-man band by using a looping machine and pulled the crowd in with his extremely catchy lyrics and choruses.

The final artist of the night was Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. Having performed at all the Heavy and Light events, except for one, Foreman has become one of the most recognizable supporters of the organization. Having worn the very first TWLOHA shirt at a show over a decade ago, Foreman helped get the organization on the map and spread a beautiful message of hope. Looking around the packed room at the House of Blues, many people were shedding tears during his set. His words are powerful and the hope he expresses is inspiring.

To learn more about To Write Love On Her Arms or to get help, you can visit their website here.

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