Jamie Tworkowski's original intentions back in 2006 were simple — he wanted to help a friend suffering from depression and addiction. He wrote a story called To Write Love On Her Arms on MySpace, which has since evolved into an internationally-recognized and massively influential non-profit organization. TWLOHA's mission statement has never wavered: "a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide."
In 2007, TWLOHA presented their first Heavy and Light show, offering an evening of "songs, conversation and hope" in response to the tragic passing of Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert, a friend and supporter of their efforts. The event has since grown into an annual series of shows, with this year's line-up featuring performances from Switchfoot's Jon Foreman, Mary Lambert, the Summer Set, and Tristan Prettyman in Los Angeles, CA and Orlando, FL.
PureVolume is honored to premiere a special live performance from TWLOHA's Heavy and Light show at House of Blues in Orlando, FL on Sunday, January 19 — watch Jon Foreman and the Summer Set's Brian Logan Dales perform Lorde's smash "Royals" above.
"Heavy and Light is an attempt to move people," says Tworkowski. "Music is a big part of the night, because music has the unique ability to remind us we're alive. Songs have a way of saying it's okay to ask questions, and it's okay to feel things deeply. More than anything, we want folks to know that, when it comes to their struggles, it's okay to be honest, and it's okay to ask for help."
For more on To Write Love on Her Arms visit their official site.