Well, the first leg of the Hall Pass Tour has wrapped!
I have to say, it’s been a dream come true (literally). I can’t believe that just 3 short months ago, the tour was an idea that we were pitching to College for Every Student at their Program Director retreat. For about 3 years now, my goal for the direction of my music and the purpose behind it has become very laser-focused on advancing access to education.
I realize that the majority of accomplishing this goal is just basic awareness and promoting excitement around the possibilities that education provides. But doing it in a cool way? Hard.
In a nutshell, the tour rocked MY world - professionally, personally and emotionally. I connected with my community as an activist, with students as a music coach/ mentor, with the education access community as a trail blazer, and my tour team as, well, myself. I couldn’t be more humbled, proud, excited, and grateful to live this life in this skin.
Each school was unique in its own way - from staff to security to student talent. We each had a PART in putting together great, inspirational productions by using our respective talents and gifts. No one person can impact mass change on their own - it takes multiple human hearts to be selfless and on one accord. After this first leg of the pilot, I truly understand the concept that “teamwork makes the dream work.”
While the next stop for us is the Adirondacks, there’s no telling where we’ll go after. And I can’t wait.
- j.RENEÉ (@Janelle_Renee • Facebook), Headlining Songstress