with a message” has always been the goal of International Recording
Artist and Songwriter Steve Free. Free has achieved this goal
many times but on May 16 it will be in a special way. The message
will be given in a concert and will be presented by the sixth grade
class at Alverda Reed Elementary School in Georgetown, Ohio. The
subject will be the environment and Free will be singing his own songs
with the students.
“This year, the sixth grade class was asked to present a program
at the end of the school year”, said Beverly McClain, Social
Studies teacher at Alverda Reed Elementary. “The class
had been studying the early civilizations which began along the river
and had already made a trip to the river in October. We also
studied the music of the storytellers of history. The Griots
of ancient Africa and the balladeers of the Middle Ages”, McClain
continued, “Steve Free and his music just came to mind. It’s
a wonderful thing that Steve does when he works with the students.
His sharing of his Native American heritage was another thing we focus
on in the sixth grade in our study of the global movement of man in
North America. The children learn so much from his lesson on
the “beat of the heart” with the drum sounds of the Native
McClain then approached the music teacher, Sheryl
Gunno, and mentioned her idea for the program. Fascinated by
the idea, Gunno listened to Free’s music for the first time.
“We both agreed, it could easily connect to the standards and
I began to brainstorm a script”, said McClain. “The
children really got excited about the possibilities and they loved
his songs, memorized all the words and made some visuals to go with
The school gym will be decorated with things that have been somewhat
constant since the beginning of time, the moon, the stars, the trees
and the river. Students from Sallyann Defosse’s art class
will be doing artwork to connect to the music and a power point program
created by the students will play during the reading of the script
and the singing of the songs.
In April, Free and a member of his band, Wyatt Bates, visited the
school and helped the children prepare for their concert. His
songs about Ohio “Down in Ohio” and the river “Down
by the River” will be used in the concert along with his nationally
acclaimed religious song “Just a Baby Boy”.
“We have studied the major religions of the world too and we
realized we could also include the song “Just a Baby Boy”,
The children have learned during the year that to survive we all must
be aware of the world around us and conserve our natural resources. Free
this in a great way with his song “When the Trees Are All Gone”,
which will be used as a concluding song.
The concert will be given at Alverda Reed Elementary in Georgetown,
OH on Monday, May 16 at 7:00pm. Alverda Reed Elementary is located
at 405 W. Plum St.
The Georgetown Arts Council has invited Free and The Whole Band to
give a Community Concert. The concert will be given on Thursday,
June 2 at 7:00pm on the Courthouse Square in Georgetown, Ohio. In
case of rain the concert will be given in the Old Gaslight Theatre. Free
has invited the students to join him and sing their songs.
Steve Free is a 7 Time ASCAP Award Winner and his new Single “My
Guiding Light” has debuted on the National Christian/Country
Charts at # 39 as of last week. The National Christian/Country
Chart lists the top 80 USA Country/Christian & Gospel songs.
On the Worldwide Mainstream (Overseas Only) “Most played “Major & Indie” Artists
Chart of April 1 –15 2005 Free was #87 out of a list of 220 Artists
Free just learned that his latest CD “All Points
Between” has been nominated for Album
of the Year by the Americana Music Association. The
Awards will be presented on September 9, 2005 at the Ryman Auditorium
Free appears each Thursday at Ye Ole Lantern Restaurant in the Boneyfiddle
area of Portsmouth from 6:30 to 10:00pm. He travels to many schools
in Ohio sharing his songs and Native American Heritage with students.