Top 40 Billboard singer garners 500 sponsorships for kids
According to the press release from The Adams Group, singers, ongwriter, speaker, and author Jennifer Shaw has garnered over 500 child sponsorships on behalf of the World Vision organization. Shaw has traveled to several countries with World Vision including Kenya and the Dominican Republic. Shaw’s family has personally sponsored nine World Vision children, including a child in Kenya named Abassa. Shaw sponsored him from age six until he graduated last year, and he holds a special place in the Shaw family.
“We were so thrilled to get to meet two of our kids, Abassa and Melandia (photos below), during our travels,” says Shaw. “The remarkable difference World Vision makes was particularly evident in Golbanti in Kenya where Abassa lived. Over 300,000 kids were sponsored by World Vision and the area has improved so much that today, they no longer need the services of World Vision. I think that is amazing.”
“We are so thankful that Jennifer partners with World Vision to change the lives of the poor around the world,” says Jean Flewelling, Account Executive-Artist Program for World Vision. “Because of her willingness to tell the stories and encourage her audiences to sponsor children, she has caused a ripple effect for over 500 children, their families and communities, giving them hope for the future, and their sponsors an opportunity to actively make a difference in this world."
Shaw has been touring as a solo artist for several years and has garnered five top 40 hits on the Billboard charts, including a #3 song on the national Inspirational chart. Last year, Shaw was awarded a prestigious Telly Award for her song “Your Child.” Co-written by Shaw and Lifeway’s Songwriter of the Year, Paul Marino, the song is featured on Shaw’s latest album, Someday, produced by Marino. The music video debuted on Focus on the Family’s “I Am Pro-Life” Facebook page to over half a million followers and has been used by Joni Eareckson Tada’s organization, Joni and Friends, a worldwide organization which serves people with disabilities.
Produced and directed by Jeffrey Kubach whose credits include the hit television shows “Survivor” and “Burn Notice,” the video of the song “Your Child” features real-life photos and videos of special needs families from across the country. Shaw, whose own son was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), invited special needs parents via her website and social networks to send in their photos and stories. The video depicts various special needs conditions including Down’s Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, as well as Shaw’s own son who was diagnosed with SPD at a very young age. SPD is closely aligned with autism in that every autistic child has some form of SPD. One study estimated that 1 in 20 children in the U.S. are affected by the disorder.
Shaw’s first book entitled, Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed my Faith and my Song, chronicles the family’s journey through SPD and was added to the Resource Library of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. Shaw was recently a special guest on the Family Life Today radio show as well as being featured on Insight for Living Ministries.
With degrees in both piano and vocal performance, Shaw completed her graduate work in opera performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. For more information on Jennifer Shaw, visit www.JenniferShaw.com.
About World Vision:
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more information on their efforts, visit WorldVision.org/press or follow them on Twitter at @WorldVisionNews.