The Messengers Benefit Raises Money And Awareness On World AIDS Day

/ 15, 2011 — Los Angeles, CA – Today Grammy-nominated production team – The Messengers, released a summation from their first ever ‘Musical Toy Drive & FUNdraiser!’ which took place earlier this month. The benefit was held on December 1st, World AIDS Day, with an eBay charity online auction to win a “One Day Studio Session with The Messengers” as well as a silent auction at the event. Invited guests brought in dozens upon dozens of musical toys, which have been donated to Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF). In addition, all monies raised have been donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“The Messengers”, Nasri Atweh and Adam Messinger, are originally from Toronto, Canada and now based in Los Angeles, United States. Grammy-nominated as a team, Nasri and Adam have been partners for over 10 years. Nasri started out as a recording artist in Canada signed with Universal, and Adam was a Juno nominated producer (Junos in Canada are equivalent to Grammys in US), when they met. Their partnership is a great example of music bringing cultures together, with Nasri’s heritage being Christian/Palestinian and Adam’s family background being Jewish/Catholic.

The event premiered two acts which had been discovered on YouTube by The Messengers. The duo of Alexus Phomvongsa and Brian Shin, who were flown to LA after Adam and Nasri viewed cover performances of songs they had written and produced with Chris Brown (Next 2 You, ft. Justin Bieber) and Justin Bieber (Mistletoe), and a newly signed band from Scotland called TUCKER. TUCKER was recently signed by L.A. Reid (X Factor) to Epic Records label, and are currently being developed by The Messengers.

Also performing that night were The Messengers, with a fun homage to Mrs. Claus including an improv of holiday classics mashed up, and a toy piano solo.

Before the performances began, DJ Stella Neptune was playing her vinyl favourites mixing samba with funky vibes. Post performance featured DJ-Producer Frank E spinning on the tables… he had the guests dancing until the lights went on!

The Messengers raised monies for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation with an eBay auction of a “One day Studio Session” to be held at the legendary Westlake Studios, Los Angeles. It was featured on the “What’s Hot” home page of eBay, next to a meet-and-greet with Christina Aguilera. They also held a Silent Auction at the event that featured local Artists’ jewelry by Sogoli, art by Melanie Greenwood and Olivia Barratier, Tapaholic classes, Hair design and Hair jewelry by Tanya Ramirez – Untamed Instincts, Hair Design by Sweet 9 Salon, as well as Stella Neptune’s ecologically friendly recycled clothing and cashmendz patches, plus an autographed guitar donated by Guitar Centre. 100 % of all monies raised are being donated to EGPAF.

Door admission for the party was a *musical* toy. Guests brought musical toys that spilled out of the collection boxes on to tables and the floor. It was an incredible sight. The musical toys were delivered to and received the next day by CAAF – Children Affected by AIDS Foundation. The toys were for children of all ages from beginner level to advanced, including donations of real guitars and ukeleles.

Both “The Messengers” and the foundations of EGPAF and CAAF were happy with the turnout and are looking forward to next year’s event.

About The Messengers
The Messengers is a Grammy nominated Canadian songwriting and production team currently based in Los Angeles, California. The duo consists of singer/lyricist Nasri (full name Nasri Atweh) and multi-instrumentalist/arranger Adam Messinger. They have created with/for artists such as Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Michael Bolton, JoJo, Jason Derulo, Cody Simpson, Iyaz, Big Time Rush, Kris Allen, Prince Royce, Vanessa Hudgens, Elliot Yamin, No Angels, and New Kids On The Block. Their work has resulted in two 2011 Grammy Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album – Justin Bieber (My World 2.0) and Best Contemporary R&B Album – Chris Brown (Graffiti). As well, their collaboration between Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts “That Should Be Me” won a 2011 CMT Music Award for Best Collaborative Video.

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Alexus Phomvongsa and Brian Shin sing “Mistletoe” on YouTube:

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation – CAAF:

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – EGPAF:

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