Why Stagefright supports Love, Hope, Strength

Love, Hope, Strength is a charity that helps to raise awareness of leukemia and other cancers and of the bone marrow registry.  Stagefright has personally been touched by cancer. Lead vocalist Carolyn Saulson was diagnosed with multiple-myeloma in August of 2009. Since then, she has been in and out of remission three times.  Her battle goes on, but she is a four and a half year cancer survivor.Multiple-Myeloma is a rare plasma cell cancer that affects African Americans at a rate twice as high as the general population. It is in the same family of cancers as leukemia and lymphoma, and bone marrow transplant is one of the possible treatments for this type cancer.


Sumiko and Carolyn Saulson of Stagefright

The song “Stretched on your Grave” was recorded in the studios of 4Flavaz Entertainment, the studio run by Rappin 4Tay, in 2011 when Carolyn, who goes by the performing names Krishna and Killa K, was dealing head on with her cancer diagnosis, fears regarding her own mortality, and physical therapy to recover to guilan-barre syndrome, an auto-immune disorder she developed in January 2010 while her immune system was compromised by the chemotherapy treatments.  

The haunting “I Am Stretched on Your Grave” is a translation of an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem titled “Táim sínte ar do thuama”. The Stagefright rendition blends the lead vocals of Carolyn Saulson with backing vocals by her daughter, Sumiko Saulson. The two performed the vocals in musical rounds.  The song tells the story of a brokenhearted griever who refuses to leave the graveside of a lost loved one. It takes on a special poignancy when performed by a cancer survivor and her adult child.

The song is now available for download at http://www.Reverbnatio.com/Stagefrightsf

50% of the proceeds from every download of the song go to Love, Hope, Strength

Love, Hope, Strength raises money through concerts and other efforts in order to build cancer treatment centers, give people access to early detection and cancer care. Love, Hope, Strength also registers bone marrow donors at concerts around the world. Its motto is “Saving Lives, Once Concert At A Time.” The organization has been supported by major artists including Chuck Berry, Everclear, the Gin Blossoms, Flogging Molly, George Strait, Enrique Iglesias and John Oates. It is also supported by a number of artists including Stagefright through the Reverbation’s Music for Good program.


Please support Stagefright’s efforts to support Love, Hope, Strength and download the touching ballad “Stretched on your Grave” today for just $1.29. When you download it, 50% of proceeds go to Love, Hope, Strength. You will have the option of offering an additional donation to Love, Hope, Strength at checkout.

It would mean a lot to us.




Stagefright Live at Expressions April 5

[Frames for All] Fundraiser
at Expressions Gallery, Berkeley CA
Expressions Fundraiserhttp://www.reverbnation.com/stagefrightsf

6 pm – 9 pm Saturday April 5th

2035 Ashby Ave. Berkeley, California, 94703

Suggested Donation $5 – Silent [art] auction – [Musical] Performance by Stagefright. Serena Toxicat will read about a traveling [musical] band of vagabonds [living in a band] from “Evangeline and the Drama Wheel” Sumiko Saulson will read a passage about [homeless hero] Gerald K. Sampson from “Solitude”

This is a fundraiser for Expressions Gallery and their recently launched program to assist homeless [artists] who aspire to have their works included in future shows to get their artwork exhibit-ready. This will include proper framing and hanging materials necessary to prepare the art for inclusion in a show. Homelessness impacts everyone. It is all around us whether we notice it or not. It’s the piles of clothing and people’s belongings in our doorways; the people pushing shopping carts piled with all their worldly possessions; the ‘hidden homeless’, borrowing the couch of a friend; and those trudging along our city streets with bent shoulders and gloveless hands. Among these people are artists who never get the chance to show their work because they cannot do more than sketch their ideas in small notebooks or found cardboard. They have no materials or places to work on their art, no computers to submit work to galleries no place to store their work, and no money for framing.

All Ages – Full Details: http://www.reverbnation.com/show/12737854


One of our band members Sumiko, who is a huge Anne Rice fan put together this video in honor of Anne Rice’s upcoming March 9th book reveal on http://www.TheDinnerPartyShow. The song is “Stretched on your Grave,” lead vocals by Krishna (Carolyn Saulson) backing Sumiko, beats by AmazingGRWY, mix by Bootsy.

Stagefright is #8 on Reverbnation

Fan us there at http://www.reverbnation.com/stagefrightsf

Stagefright at the Whisky (2003)

Stagefright at the Whisky (2003)