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Positive Music Awards: A Fanfare of Harmony

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The emPower Posi Music Awards were introduced in 2005 to honor the songwriters and artists who spread affirmative messages through their music.


A Chorus of Wellbeing

The Positive Music Association states that affirmative lyrics and music have a positive effect on the listener. The benefits of listening to positive music include physical and emotional healing, increased motivation, a sense of connection and unity among others and the natural world, facilitating the process of experiencing grief, sadness, anger or apathy, and an increased sense of well being and joy.

Scientific studies have shown that music can be an effective therapy for: reducing high blood pressure, boosting immunity, enhancing intelligence, and speeding post-stroke recovery.   Music can help chronic headache and migraine sufferers reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of the pain, and it can even reduce the amount of morphine required after surgery.


Name that Tune

The Sixth Annual emPower Posi Awards Celebration will take place January 14-17, 2011, in Orlando, FL.   The awards ceremony on Sunday evening is the highlight of three days of events including workshops, speakers, and the PosiPalooza! Concert . During the signature event, the "Pajama Jam Music Showcases," participants can wear their favorite jammies as they wander through 10 themed rooms hosting a rotation of over 50 artists, from 10 pm - 1 am, Friday night.

The Gospel Music Association was founded over 45 years ago to expose, promote and celebrate the Gospel through music, and since then, Christian gospel music has cornered the market on "religious/spiritual" music. 

But today, over 50 million Americans, recognized as the "Cultural Creatives," have not only identified differences between the religious and the spiritual,   they have shifted their focus from the ecclesiastically religious toward the universal spiritual. (Reference: How Music Affects Us and Promotes Health article listed below.)


A Glass Half Full

emPower VP Sue K. Riley and Pres. Richard Mekdeci
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Richard Mekdeci, president and co-founder of emPower Music and Arts, says his purpose was to create a specific genre for universally spiritual music that is uniting, healing, empowering and transformational while setting the foundation for a new industry.

Vice President Sue K. Riley notes that This is music that can change the way you look at things, it can inspire you to take that next step, it helps you to make a difference.

And while mainstream superstars have written and released uplifting tunes from Accentuate the Positive to the Beatles' I Feel Fine , few have released a full album of positive music.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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