KANIN & ADDIE

A journey that began with a health crisis

Few might imagine, but a health crisis two years ago served to unite this young musical duo.

Addie attended Kanin’s school and was struggling after a diagnosis of leukemia. Meanwhile, Kanin’s music teacher was fighting his own fight against throat cancer. Wanting to help, Kanin began to sing in her community to raise money for her teacher. She performed all over, wherever anyone would listen, for tips that could help relieve her teacher’s burden as he recovered.

After winning a youth kindness award from the Lansing non-profit e-PIFany, Kanin wanted to give her teacher the funds that came with her award, but he insisted she pay it forward. Kanin donated the money to Addie's family but wanted to make their connection more heartfelt. That Christmas, as Kanin organized 50 carolers to serenade Addie, who was at home and recuperating, a new friendship blossomed.

In that gesture, they both discovered a mutual love of music, with Addie, a budding guitarist who did indeed recover, joining Kanin for a weekly singing session. Soon, “Tuesdays With Addie” became a joyous jam session. It was easy, fun and they loved the same music. Although Kanin would start a full band in 2018, it became clear a year later that her heart was in writing her own music and performing with Addie who had filled in with Kanin acoustically on several gigs.

Both girls love the same music – their own collaboration on an Indie-Americana mix that includes few originals sprinkled in with covers of current and standard tunes. They both enjoy creating new sounds, and with their efforts, they honor the healing – both physical and spiritual – that only music can bring.

A performance from Kanin & Addie is hopeful, inspired and the best of youth sharing their growing talents with their community. Theirs is music born against the backdrop of kindness. They know for sure that we all need each other – and from that investment, there can be amazing returns.

Sit back and enjoy the music and love from this duo -- Kanin & Addie.

 

Sweet Lily

The need to keep Paying it forward

"LISTEN WITH LILY" FUNDRAISER~CONCERT LINK AUGUST 26th at 7:00pm ET

Few might imagine, but a health crisis three years ago served to unite this young musical duo.

Kanin’s music teacher was fighting a battle with a diagnosis of throat cancer. Wanting to help, Kanin began to sing in her community to raise money for her teacher. She performed all over, wherever anyone would listen, for tips. 

Kanin won a youth kindness award from the Lansing non-profit e-PIFany. Kanin donated the money to a classmate that was battling cancer, Addie Martin.  Addie and Kanin developed a new friendship that blossomed from their mutual love for music and in the spring of 2019, Kanin and Addie became a duo and started performing all over Michigan. Collin Wever joined the band spring of 2020.  

A few weeks ago, Addie brought an idea to the band. When Addie was battling cancer she met a young girl from our home town that was also battling cancer. Lily at the time was staying at the same hospital that Addie had spent so much time at. The minute she met Lily, she knew she was special. A couple weeks ago, Addie went to a lemonade stand that was raising money for Lily.  Addie knew her musical gift could make a difference so she had the idea to donate tips from one of their summer performances to Lily's family.

The band decided to do a concert on social media so that Lily could listen to the music while she was in the comfort of her own home. May you dance the night away, Lily!

Please join us on August 26th at 7:00PM ET. We will play beautiful music to raise money for Lily. We will provide a link to our "Listen with Lily" Fundraiser on August 26th at 7:00pm ET just below. You will also find the link on the following Facebook pages: Twiggies, Dewitt Area Community & Events, Downtown Dewitt Chiropractic, P.C. and Love for Lily. 

We were fortunate enough to have Ryan Hudson from 1887 Media in our corner. Ryan is not from our Dewitt Community, he lives in the Jackson area and has a studio in Leslie, MI. Ryan provided the band with everything that was needed to "Listen with Lily" and donated his studio and his time. I am especially grateful as these are trying times for the music industry. 

We would like to thank all of the businesses in Dewitt that have so graciously offered to support raising funds for The Bowen Family. We are hosting this fundraiser to help offset costs for the family. Lily will be watching along with everyone else. We chose to do the fundraiser this way so Lily could attend and know lots of people are watching along with her! Please scroll down to read more about Lily's journey.  

A performance from Kanin, Addie and Collin is hopeful, inspired and the best of youth sharing their growing talents with their community. Theirs is music born against the backdrop of kindness. They know for sure that we all need each other – and from that investment, there can be amazing returns.

Sit back and enjoy the music and love from this young band~Kanin, Addie & Collin