In 2021 Intersection became a partner organization in the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), working with over 30 arts organizations worldwide. Lullaby pairs parents with professional artists to create and sing their own personal lullabies for their babies.
Mothers in the program share their unique voices through music as they tell their stories. Their songs connect them to partners, family members, and other mothers, helping strengthen social networks. As mothers sing their lullabies to their child, they strengthen bonds and expose children to new vocabulary, wordplay, and vivid imagery at a time when they are acquiring language.
For the first phase of the program, Intersection is working with the artist Kyshona Armstrong and 10 new or expecting mothers at Renewal House. Future phases will expand to diverse families and locations across Nashville. Other Lullaby programs have taken place in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, foster care, and correctional facilities, and have engaged artists with styles as diverse as Fiona Apple, Angélique Kidjo, and Joyce DiDonato.
Learn more at the Lullaby Project website.
Lullabies are not just for babies. The music and lyrics resonate, affecting everyone involved: parents, grandparents, musicians, and caregivers.
The initial artist for the Lullaby Project is the Nashville-based singer-songwriter Kyshona Armstrong. With a degree in music therapy and over 10 years of songwriting experience, Kyshona has merged her two worlds to focus on one mission: To be a voice and a vessel for those that feel lost, forgotten, silenced and who are hurting.
As a songwriter, Kyshona has worked with adults and youth experiencing homelessness, incarceration, trauma, and isolation. Through her “Your Song” program, she helps people with or without musical experience find their voice and their own song.
She has led multiple songwriting groups through the YWCA’s Girls LEAD! program in Dayton, Ohio, the Mighty Writers program in Philadelphia, and individual 1:1 songwriting sessions with veterans through the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Learn more about Kyshona.
Rose Rodriguez is a singer, songwriter, teacher and translator based in Nashville and originally from Honduras.
Rose is a fusion of cultures. Spanish being her native language, while English has always been around her through music, movies and books. Her love for diversity, inclusion, moral values, faith and love are often reflected in her music.
With prior experience in bands and projects, where she opening Pitbull, performed in stadiums, became the first female Honduran featured on MTV Latin America, and was a quarter finalist in Tengo Talento Mucho Talento TV Contest 2020, Rose is excited to explore creatively with new styles and genres. She is currently experimenting with Latin pop in her most recent solo project.
“Love is the answer” – John Lennon
You can find Rose at roserodriguezmusic.com, on Spotify or iTunes, and on social media:
Rachel Rodriguez is a singer, songwriter, mother and teaching artist. She grew up belting out traditional Mariachi and Country music, in her father’s band. He was her biggest influence, and always encouraged her to embrace and infuse all that she is into her music, songwriting, and teaching.
Nothing makes Rachel happier than watching families experience the joy of music together.
She is the creator and founder of Songs for My Little Amigos, a bilingual Music and Movement program dedicated to promoting language learning, building community, and celebrating culture through music. She provides services for, and collaborates with educators and organizations seeking to offer culturally diverse enrichment programs. Her mission is to create arts-filled, educational programs that build community. Her passion is partnering with, and supporting, artists and organizations that do the same. She stays busy conducting bilingual school presentations, school residencies, Educator Workshops, and Bilingual Song & Story times throughout the community.
In addition to Rachel’s roles as wife, mother, teacher, and performer, she volunteers at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Musicians on Call, and is an Alumni member of the Women’s Music Business Association.
Learn more at rachelrodriguez.com.
Renewal House provides specialized addiction treatment to women and their children. They are the only long-term family residential program in Middle Tennessee that treats women and their children together. They offer evidence-based, trauma-informed programs that build positive parenting skills, family nurturing and childhood brain development. Since 1996, Renewal House has served more than 6,000 women and children through our programs.