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By Mark Ribble, Leamington Post
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 3:04:45 EDT PM

A project over a year in the making came to fruition last Wednesday at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts on Windsor’s riverfront.

Leamington singer-songwriter Nicole Barron’s song ‘Rise Up - Debbie’s Song’ was actually written in 2009, but through the work of three ambitious Windsor teens, the music video has now become a reality with the video release reception last Wednesday.

Those teens. Devon Paolini, Bryanna Dunbar and Taylor O’Halloran, wrote the script to go along with Barron’s song and organized the entire project over a 12-month period.

Paolini had worked as a summer student last year for the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA), where Barron had pitched her video idea last fall. BANA is a local organization that operates a centre for eating disorders, health and wellness located in Windsor.

The three high school friends took charge, writing proposals for grants through the Dare to Dream Grant Program, organizing the video shoot through BANA and seeing it through to fruition.

The song has its beginnings in 2009 when Barron was heading north for a visit to see her friend, Debbie Pilgrim, who had moved from Leamington to a northern Ontario family camp a few years ago.

Pilgrim, who had suffered from an eating disorder most of her life, had been hospitalized for severe anorexia prior to Nicole and her family arriving that day. She was near death.

“She was so bad that she wasn’t allowed visitors,” said Nicole. “I just wanted her to realize life was worth fighting for.”

Nicole agonized over being unable to visit her friend, so she wrote the song from the heart, hoping that Pilgrim would listen to it and maybe it would provide a spark.

Pilgrim did just that, and with the help of family, friends and the medical community, is now well on her way to recovery.

She was present at the video launch and spoke briefly to the crowd of about 120.

“My path to wellness has been a journey,” she said. “Once I listened to that song, I realized I had to make a change.”

Pilgrim spoke about eating only 100 calories per day before she was hospitalized, and having not enough muscle to be able to walk. Now, three years, later, she appears to be a healthy, happy mother of three, but realizes that it will be a life-long recovery.

“I’m thankful to be given a second chance and I’m happy to use my story to help others,” she said. She credits her husband for standing by her all the way through.

For Nicole Barron, the video release is gratifying on a professional level, but even more so on a personal level.

“Debbie recently told me that she feels she is rising up and I really feel she’s been rising up all along, so if that’s all that comes of this, it’s a wonderful thing,” she said.

The hope is that the video will go viral and spread the message of hope to all who may need it.

The video highlights three main characters in Debbie, a teenage girl and a teenage boy, as they each struggle with difficulties in their lives. Debbie is played by local actress Bridget Marie Opfer, while Coleton Denomme plays Bradley, a high school wrestler looking for approval from his father, and Barbara Sadai is Emily, a dancer who struggles with trying to make the dance team. Barron’s song carries them through the video with her on keyboard and her son, Ryan Byrne, playing lead guitar.

The lyrics are eloquently written as Barron pleads for her friend to realize that she is ‘beautifully and wonderfully made’.

The video was produced by Dante Media Group’s Jeff Boulton and directed by Jon Gillies.

It was shot in July in various locations throughout Windsor and the county, with all local talent.

For BANA, the project was a labor of love, according to interim Executive Director, Luciana Rosu-Sieza.

“The video is very inspiring, helping us get the message out about eating disorders,” she said. “We find the video is very universal, and will reach people beyond those with eating disorders, helping them to realize that there are people around us who make us feel better.”

Rosu-Sieza gave credit to the three students who spearheaded the video.

“These girls were phenomenal, working countless hours to see the video through and the social consciousness they brought to this project is amazing,” she said.

The video went live last Thursday and Barron has a website set up to help people share the video and get it out across the globe. The hope is to get the message out worldwide using the far-reaching power of the internet.

Meanwhile, Nicole Barron and her band are beginning their Encouragement Tour and it’s a good bet that Rise Up - Debbie’s Song will be a big part of their set list.

The inspiration she has provided for her friend Debbie Pilgrim can now also be experienced by many others suffering across the globe.

You can view the video at www.riseupvideo.com
- Leamington Post


BY KRISTIE PEARCE, THE WINDSOR STAR AUGUST 1, 2012



When she couldn't visit her hospitalized friend struggling with anorexia, a heartbroken local musician wrote her a song.

Nicole Barron, 42, left a copy of the uplifting ballad for her friend, Debbie, who listened to it daily.

Barron would only identify her friend of nine years as Debbie. She said she is in her late 30s.

"She used it kind of like a medication," said Barron, a Windsor native who lives in Leamington.

Barron began performing Debbie's Song in live shows "with Debbie's blessing" and was floored by how "profoundly" it affected people.

"I was getting people coming up at every show. I'd get two or three people come up and tell me their own stories, including men, and not always about eating disorders," the Christian pop rock musician said. "Often it was about other things that had sort of been eating away at them."

After witnessing the impact her song had on Debbie and her fans, Barron approached the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association "a not-for-profit registered charity in Windsor," in hopes to help others with her song, she said.

Devon Paolini, an 18-year old student volunteer at BANA, had the idea of creating an inspirational music video.

With the aid of two of her Kennedy high school classmates, the students and BANA applied for a grant and were awarded $5,000 from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

The centre's Dare to Dream Program funds youth and creates opportunities for them to educate schoolmates and communities while promoting mental health awareness.

"There is a problem out here and it needs to be addressed. Our message is you're not alone if you're suffering from this," said Patrick Kelly, BANA special projects co-ordinator, who is orchestrating the project.

Kelly said BANA will use the video for health promotion education and play it during presentations they give to 250 schools throughout the region each year.

"We want to show the struggle is a universal struggle," Barron said. "Everyone has self-esteem issues and needs to recognize their inner worth."

"For some reason people think it's just a teenage illness and it's so far from the truth. There's no age range."

The video for Rise Up, subtitled Debbie's Song, will follow the lives of three individuals struggling with body image issues. Barron said one of the characters will represent Debbie and the other two will be a male and female teen.

The storyline was written by Paolini, Bryanna Dunbar, 18, and Taylor O'Halloran, 18.

Jeff Boulton of Dante Media Group will produce and Jon Gillies of Iron Street Studios will direct and edit the locally filmed video, which is expected to be finished in late August.

The two-day production started Tuesday at Walkerville Collegiate Institute and Xtreme Dance Works. It will continue next Tuesday at St. Clair Centre for the Arts, where Barron will record her live performance of the song.

The team is in need of extras for a crowd shot and is asking anyone interested in participating in Tuesday's shoot, scheduled between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to call 519-968-2412 or email info@dantemediagroup.com.

For more information on BANA go to their website, bana.ca

For more information on Barron go to nicolebarron. com.

© Copyright (c) The Windsor Star


Read more: http://www.windsorstar.com/health/Music+video+promote+self+esteem/7021498/story.html#ixzz23e44S1G2 - The Windsor Star


BANA and Windsor-area musician create music video to promote mental health
July 31, 2012. 3:14 pm •
Section: Essex County, Leamington, News, Windsor

[photo cutline: Jon Gillies films Barbara Sadai at Xtreme Dance Works in Windsor, Ont., on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. The shoot was part of a project by the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association and local teens who are creating an inspirational music video that deals with body image and self esteem. (The Windsor Star / TYLER BROWNBRIDGE)]
Article by Krystie Pearce:

When she couldn’t visit her hospitalized friend struggling with anorexia, a heartbroken local musician wrote her a song.

Nicole Barron, 42, left a copy of the uplifting ballad for her friend, Debbie, who listened to it daily.

“She used it kind of like a medication,” said Barron, a Windsor native who lives in Leamington.

Barron began performing Debbie’s Song in live shows – with Debbie’s blessing – and was floored by how “profoundly” it affected people.

“I was getting people coming up at every show. I’d get two or three people come up and tell me their own stories, including men, and not always about eating disorders,” the Christian pop rock musician said. “Often it was about other things that had sort of been eating away at them.”

After witnessing the impact her song had on Debbie and her fans, Barron approached the Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association – a not-for-profit registered charity in Windsor – in hopes to help others with her song, she said.

Devon Paolini, an 18-year-old student volunteer at BANA, had the idea of creating an inspirational music video.

With the aid of two of her Kennedy High School classmates, the students and BANA applied for a grant and were awarded $5,000 from the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.

The centre’s Dare to Dream Program funds youth and creates opportunities for them to educate schoolmates and communities while promoting mental health awareness.

“There is a problem out here and it needs to be addressed. Our message is you’re not alone if you’re suffering from this,” said Patrick Kelly, BANA special projects coordinator, who is orchestrating the project.

Kelly said BANA will use the video for health promotion education and play it during presentations they give to 250 schools throughout the region each year.

“We want to show the struggle is a universal struggle,” Barron said. “Everyone has self-esteem issues and needs to recognize their inner worth.”

Barron would only identify her friend of nine years as Debbie. She said she is in her late 30s.

“For some reason people think it’s just a teenage illness and it’s so far from the truth … there’s no age range.”

The video for Rise Up, subtitled Debbie’s Song, will follow the lives of three individuals struggling with body image issues. Barron said one of the characters will represent Debbie and the other two will be a male and female teen.

The storyline was written by Paolini, Bryanna Dunbar, 18, and Taylor O’Halloran, 18.

Jeff Boulton of Dante Media Group will produce and Jon Gillies of Iron Street Studios will direct and edit the locally filmed video, which is expected to be finished late August.

The two-day production started Tuesday at Walkerville Collegiate Institute and Xtreme Dance Works. It will continue next Tuesday at St. Clair Centre for the Arts, where Barron will record her live performance of the song.

The team is need of extras for a crowd shot and is asking anyone interested in participating in Tuesday’s shoot scheduled between 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. to call 519-968-2412 or email info@dantemediagroup.com.

For more information on BANA go to their website bana.ca

For more information on Barron go to nicolebarron.com. - The Windsor Star


Nicole was born in Windsor, Ontario, raised in Chatham and now lives in Leamington. Nicole is a part-time musician and full-time Mom with 4 children (18, 16, 10, 7). She is also the event organizer for R.E.A.CH. International, a child sponsorship charity for children in Uganda, Africa.
Group Name: "Nicole Barron and the Prospects". Significance of group name: Nicole had to come up with a band name for a booked gig. She didn't have a full band, but had a few prospects for members so the name stuck. The band has been together for 3 years.
Group members: Nicole Barron, piano/vocals; John Moran, bass guitar/vocals; Ryan Veltman, drums; Dale Butler, guitar/vocals.
Type of music: She describes her music as southern rock, blues, pop, folk and she also plays Christian-based shows with the same musical style. The band plays a lot of Nicole's original songs as well as favourite cover tunes.
Venues: The Gallery Restaurant, Last Friday Coffee House, Freddie's, local wineries, private parties, church concerts, and many fundraising benefit concerts.
Most interesting place played: "Cruising Michigan Avenue" in Detroit, Michigan. The show consists of classic cars and musical concerts all along Michigan Ave. Nicole played at the kick-off dinner in a glass-blowing factory; the ovens were on and it was her "HOTTEST" show ever. Her CD'S title song "Driving Around" became the event's theme song.
Brush with fame: Nicole had a Windsor Star feature article written by Ted Shaw about her musical career in 2008, and she also did a talent showcase in Toronto for her acting and musical performances. Nicole has had airplay on CHYR South By Southwest and CJSP Indie Show, as well as CBC.
Most significant gig: Nicole did a concert series in Clinton, New York, and was also asked to do the music for the Sunday worship church service. This was a very moving and powerful concert that was inspiring and encouraging. She described it as the push she needed to guide her musical path. Nicole also was the opening act for Canadian Blues Artist and Juno Award Winner, Paul James.
CD's to date: "First" - Nicole Barron (2005); "Upstairs at Jack's" - Nicole Barron, Mike Beggs, Dale Butler (2006); "Empty Fields" (2007); "Pelee Music" (DVD/CD) (2007); "Driving Around" - Nicole Barron and the Prospects (2009); "Interpretations" - the songs of Dale Butler (2010 fall release).
If you could play with anyone, who would you play with?: Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor and Carole King.
Time spent rehearsing, playing: Nicole spends about 1-3 hours a day writing and arranging songs for shows.
Formal training: Nicole took piano lessons from age 6-16. She studied jazz, pop, country and blues instead of classical repertoire. She is a self-taught vocalist but did workshops on choral directing.
Future plans: In 5 y ears Nicole would like to be touring across North America leading a powerful music ministry.
Websites: www.nicolebarron.com; myspace.com/nicolebarron; facebook.com/nicole barron & the prospects

The Southpoint Sun | Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - The Southpoint Sun


The best concert we've had yet! Everyone had a great time! It was a real pleasure to have Nicole share her music with us...."
Bill Brigham, promoter for the Rez A.G. Concert Series; Clinton, New York. (Dec. 03, 2006) - comment. Bill Brigham, Promoter for the Rez A.G. Concert Series, Clinton, New York.


(What they missed in this article is that Nicole Barron co-wrote the song with Brian Sweet, which started this whole project. )

Pelee's rare critters are camera shy
Documentary to boost awareness of more than 60 species at risk

Sharon Hill
Windsor Star


Friday, November 09, 2007



CREDIT: photo by Charlotte Ross
ACTION: David Ross and William Friesen have made a documentary of Pelee's species at risk.

LEAMINGTON - Endangered species aren't very good actors.

They show up when they feel like it and take off when the cameras arrive. And then there's that problem with them being endangered -- they're awfully hard to find.

Wheatley video producer David Ross and helper William Friesen learned all about the patience required of nature photographers as they made a 20-minute documentary on Point Pelee National Park's species at risk.

"We had lots of jokes, like the bald eagle actors union was going on strike," Ross said of the days when the stars of the show couldn't be found.

Ross and Friesen, a 28-year-old bass player with the band Caption Radio, are more used to shooting rock music videos. They reduced their standard fees to complete the documentary, called Pelee Music, for the Friends of Point Pelee. The not-for-profit group that runs the park's store, transit system, canoe and bike rentals is using the documentary as a fundraiser.

It's also a way to raise awareness about the more than 60 species at risk in Canada's southernmost mainland point.

A premiere of the documentary will be held Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Pelee Days Inn.

Ross, the 23-year-old who operates David Ross Video and Media Design, said the need to help threatened and endangered species hit home to him as he worked on the documentary this summer.

PROTECT THEM HERE

"We always think we're losing dolphins in the ocean and things like that," he said Tuesday. "Species around here -- we can work at home to protect those as well."

Pelee Music focuses on six species at risk plus the southern flying squirrel, which was reintroduced to the park and has since been taken off the at-risk list.

The threatened red-headed woodpecker never did appear long enough for a live shot, but the filmmakers were blessed by a monarch butterfly that flew in and landed during an interview with one of the park naturalists.

Janice Rogers, the general manager of the Friends of Point Pelee, said the project grew out of song. Brian Sweet, an author and the Town of Leamington's director of corporate services, wrote a song about the park called Keep the Song Alive.

The music was performed by local artist Nicole Barron.

The funds to do the documentary came from the Ontario Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, the Essex County Stewardship Network and the Pelee Island Winery.

Local pilot Janet Chesterfield helped the filmmakers get overhead shots of the point.

Rogers said she hopes the documentary will encourage people to come to the national park and provide funds to improve services.

SEE THE PREMIERE

The Nov. 28 premiere of Pelee Music starts at 7 p.m. at the Pelee Days Inn. Admission is free. The documentary DVD with a CD of music written about Point Pelee called Keep the Song Alive will be available that night for $15 plus tax. After that, the two-disc set will be available for $20 plus tax at www.friendsofpointpelee.com.

© The Windsor Star 2007 - Windsor Star


On behalf of 96.7 CHYR FM radio, part of the Blackburn Radio family, I would like to express how pleased we are to support Nicole Barron. We regularly play Nicole on CHYR and have included 3 of her songs on our weekly indie program, called South by Southwest.

Nicole’s well-written, thought provoking songs, and quality musicianship along with her own unique and
interesting style set her apart. Interviewing Nicole is always a pleasure and we always look forward to her new releases. We are excited to be a part of Nicole’s developing music career.

Sincerely,
Corey Robertson, Program Director
96.7 CHYR FM
1-800-567-9696
(519) 326-6171 (ext. 222)
crobertson@blackburnradio.com
- Blackburn Radio


"When you host the local music show in your area, you get to hear a huge ammount of talent. Nicole Barron is one that will forever stand out in my mind. She's got a beautiful voice, and her piano playing is wonderful. Her Original material is catchy, and the postive message keeps you listening. On top of all of her talents, she's very dedicated, and very down to earth. It's a pleasure to have Nicole as one of our top played Artists on the show."

-Dustyn Janzen
Host of "South By Southwest"
on 96.7 CHYR FM
Leamington, On.

- Blackburn Radio


Nothing Negative for Performer
Bandwagon

by Ted Shaw
Windsor Star

Friday, August 17, 2007

Faith is a personal thing to Leamington singer Nicole Barron.
The 37-year-old mother of four isn't ashamed to admit she's a Christian. But when it comes to singing and writing music, she's not looking for converts. "People can read their own meanings in my music," she said. "I never browbeat them." That said, Barron has turned down requests for songs that don't reflect her own beliefs or values. "Like marriage," she said. "I'm happily married and I believe in the institution of marriage, so if it's a negative song, I won't do it."

Born in Chatham, Barron began piano studies at the age of six. She has performed in a succession of local bands, but always fashioned dreams of being a solo artist. Four years ago when her youngest daughter was still a baby, she started taking her career more seriously.

Barron is married to graphic artist Art Barron and has raised four children between the ages of four and 15. She squeezes in songwriting whenever there's a free moment. "That doesn't happen often enough for me. I walk by the piano every day
and look at it longingly."

She has released two CDs of original material. The first in 2003 was appropriately titled FIRST and was a fundraiser for Reach International (www.reachint.org), a
child sponsorship agency for which her husband works. The second was a collaborative album made with two other singers, Upstairs at Jack's, recorded in concert at Kingsville's Jack's Pub in 2005.
Her latest effort is a four-song demo for radio, Empty Fields, made with the help of Leamington's CHYR-FM (96.7). The songs were written by Bakhus Saba and Martin Wall, and feature Million Dollar Man, a song covered by fellow Leamington artist Jody Raffoul several years ago.

Million Dollar Man, and more recently another track, Eyes of Love, have been getting regular airplay on CHYR's weekly South by Southwest showcase program, Sundays at noon. Barron hopes to release a full-blown CD to include six original songs before
the end of the year.

In the meantime, you can catch her Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on the
Leamington Tomato Festival stage in Seacliff Park. Barron is also organizing the festival's Leamington Idol contest Saturday at noon. There are still spots
left, she said, so be there to register by 11 a.m. (Find out more by checking out her website www.nicolebarron.com)

© The Windsor Star 2007
Print Story - canada.com network - Windsor Star


From: George Piccolo

To: info@nicolebarron.com

Sent: Monday, August 27, 2007 7:54 PM

Subject: Much Thanks



Hi Nicole,

Much thanks to you & The Prospects for a great performance on August 11/2007@ the Teutonia club.I was so impressed with your performance & what a great voice and player you are.I have been in this a long time and I got to tell youyou have a great band.You really pull that band together on stage their is no mistake about that.What can I say!!!!!!!!

Thankyou for being a part of the fundraising efforts I will surely call on you if thats OK again.

I love your uniqueness & style that goes with that about you.A true professional in every sence of that word.

Much Thanks

George Piccolo The Main Act

- Response from Event Organizer


Discography

RISE UP (DEBBIE'S SONG) - music video - released September 28, 2012 - a powerful rock ballad written by Nicole Barron, credited for saving a friend's life. In partnership with the charity, BANA (Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association) and Ontario Centre of
Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. Produced by Dante Media Group, Directed by Iron Street Studios.

RISE UP -- CD - released December 2012 Title song is credited with saving the life of a friend battling anorexia.

DRIVING AROUND – CD – released July 2009

PELEE MUSIC - CD/DVD Package - "Pelee Music" featuring the song, "Keep the Song Alive", co-written by Brian Sweet and Nicole Barron, special promotional song and music video for Canada's Point Pelee National Park, released September 2007

EMPTY FIELDS – CD - A special radio demo release, featuring the songs: "Million Dollar Man", “Eyes of Love”, and the title track “Empty Fields”, all co-written by Bakhus Saba and Martin Wall, arranged and performed by Nicole Barron, released May 2007

MILLION DOLLAR MAN - Single – Co-written by Bakhus Saba and Martin Wall, arranged and performed by Nicole Barron, released December 2006

UPSTAIRS AT JACKS - CD- a live recording at Jack’s Pub in Kingsville, released July, 2006

FIRST - CD- released September, 2005, a special charity 4 song CD to raise funds for the child-sponsorship charity, REACH International. (www.reachint.org)

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Bio

In a day when everything is set to looped electronic tracks, it’s refreshing when an artist actually plays music. Nicole Barron plays crossover pop and Christian music that sounds a bit like the stuff you grew up loving. Influenced by the Eagles, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLaughlin, and tons of other classic rock and pop artists…there’s even a hint of country in there. It’s old music, but it’s been reborn.

Her voice is a cool combination of bluesy-rocker Bonnie Raitt, sweetheart Amy Grant, powerhouse Melissa Etheridge and songbird Eva Cassidy. Nicole loves being called ‘eccentric’. It gives her freedom to be exactly who she needs to be… definitely not a cookie cutter artist. She can belt out a song and rock out so hard that you’ll feel you just had your comb-over blow back, and you don’t even wear one. Then she’ll drop down to the softest breathy vocals dripping with emotion so that you can’t hold back the goosebumps.

She’s got so much up-beat energy on stage, even old people want to get up and join the kids at the front of the stage.

Women are coming out of the woodwork, all craving Nicole’s message that they are “beautifully and wonderfully made”… and sporting her t-shirts that say so. And guys love the familiar chords in the music… it feels like your favourite pair of blue jeans – they just fit you perfectly. The wailing guitar solos don’t hurt either. Nicole can rock that piano something fierce, but let her get away from the keys and she’s all over the stage, somehow locking eyes with nearly every audience member. It’s like she’s talking right to you.
What we hear the most is: “Finally, a singer who’s real.” “Her songs are about my life.” “Amazing.”

Sure you can find talent everywhere, but this kind of raw honesty, combined with quirky and hilarious stories, and music that’s new and yet comfortingly familiar, delivered by a voice that’s got such controlled power… that’s rare.
It’s no wonder she won a Top Performer Award showcasing in Nashville and is garnering the attention of industry professionals both stateside and in Canada.

In spite of some health struggles she released five CDs, performed internationally, both headlined at several venues and opened for some impressive acts like The Afters, Paul James and Jody Raffoul, and she’s raised thousands for charity.

Blessed with a corporate sponsorship by St. Clair College, Nicole’s artist development trip to Nashville, TN, proved very fruitful. Her showcase in Nashville, TN, for renowned live producer Tom Jackson, hit-songwriter and producer Rick Elias, and artist manager Mike Smith, won her a Top Performer award, ahead of 95 others. With her recent release of a very special music video, Nicole is ready to spread the word across North America.

Familiar with trouble and hard times, and severe illness, her story is one most can relate to. She spent time as a struggling single mom, but now is happily married with 4 kids. A proud member of the “Chronic Success” society (her own made up term) she forged ahead in spite of a disappointing diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Nicole is strangely addicted to research… so much so that you expect her to give her doctoral thesis at any moment…now Nicole is strong, healthy, and more energetic than ever!

She’s also a proud indie artist. Poised to conquer North America with her Encouragement Tour, the first single from the tour, Rise Up (Debbie’s Song), produced at Stonehedge Studios, was released in September 2012. You see the power of her autobiographical approach in this first song, penned for her good friend, Debbie, who, thanks to Nicole’s song, is winning her battle over anorexia.

Funded by a government grant, the music video for Rise Up was released in September as a fundraising partnership with BANA (Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association) of Windsor, Ontario. Produced by Dante Media Group and directed by Iron Street Studio, the video will help to generate awareness of the need for a residential treatment facility for adults with eating disorders, a severely under-serviced group.

“I’m so excited for this new chapter. I can see so many wonderful things on the horizon and all the amazing people we’re about to meet. I love hearing fans’ stories and connecting with them, and this opportunity is a bigger stage with a greater reach than I’ve ever had. I love it. I can’t imagine being anywhere else. I’m a communicator, that’s for sure. I’m more at home on the stage than anywhere else, but I’m also a great listener. I love to hear what’s in their heart. This really is going to be so great!”

Remember the name, Nicole Barron. Her voice will capture you, and her message will make you feel like nothing’s holding you back anymore.