EJ gave a special fund-raising concert performance before members of the Naval and Military Club. She also visited the national headquarters of the organization in East Sussex, England, to record highlights from some of her hits and read excerpts from popular British publication for members.
The American performer/songwriter first learned about the work of National Talking Newspapers and Magazines last Christmas while appearing in London where she met Tim McDonald, the charity’s chief executive. “I think it’s important,” she said after accepting the title of U.S. Ambassador to the organization, “for every artist to use their special talents in some way to give back to those who may be less fortunate. When you perform as a singer, sound is your medium which is why I felt my voice might bring some pleasure to the visually impaired.”
McDonald, a former BBC music producer, added: “We are especially pleased to have the volunteer services of an exciting young musical performer like EJ, who is already making waves across the Atlantic. As a small charity, we must rely on the kindness and concern of a host of celebrities. Thanks to EJ’s generosity offering her time and talents, we are sure we will be able to attract a wider audience for our services.”
The electronic service from the UK charity is available to visually impaired people in the US as well. Titles include Time Magazine and Christian Science Monitor and more American titles will soon be available.
Further information about EJ can be found on her website www.ejrocks.com and about Talking Newspapers and Magazines on www.tnauk.org.uk.