On a given night, an estimated 670, 000 people experience homelessness in America. In 2010, eleven musicians from Nashville, Tennessee came together in a unique way to raise aid for the homeless in their hometown. Using only their iPhones, each artist recorded a song to be a part of a compilation album aptly entitled the iPhone Sessions: HOPE Volume 1. Along with the songs themselves, the album's artwork features photos taken by the musicians on their iPhones. This grassroots effort was released on November 15, 2010 exclusively on Noisetrade.com, a "Pay-What-You-Want" service that allows fans to pay as much or little as they can afford. The compilation features songs from Katie Herzig, Andrew Belle, Steve Moakler, Justin Branam, K.S. Rhoads, Tyler James, Amy Stroup, Neulore, Elenowen, Seth Philpott, and Alva Leigh.
The first installment of the iPhone Sessions was conceptualized by Justin Branam in an effort to fund a new full length record. Released earlier in 2010, Branam's original iPhone Sessions EP was available for a limited time through the fan funding platform, Kickstarter.com. "It cost quite a bit of money to record an album, and I figured I'd give people an opportunity to hear new songs in their original state - and if they like them and buy them, I'll go ahead and record them in a studio with a band," says Branam about the project. Along with the recordings themselves, he also used his iPhone to create promo videos and take photos for the EP's artwork.
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