Uploaded on May 13, 2011
"Turn on a Smile" -- written, produced and performed by Billy White Acre for Operation Smile
About Choice Hotels Music:
The Choice Hotels Music initiative brings together the emotional power of music with great causes to raise awareness and funds like never before. Using the leading marketing and distribution channels of Choice Hotels, artists are given a chance to introduce their original music to millions of listeners, while supporting signature nonprofit causes through song downloads.
About the Organization: Operation Smile
Operation Smile mobilizes a world of generous hearts to heal children's smiles and transform lives across the globe.
Operation Smile is dedicated to improving the health and lives of children born with facial deformities such as clefts. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Operation Smile builds local sustainability in its partner countries by providing highly-specialized training and education programs for in-country medical personnel so they can provide year-round treatment within their own communities.
About the Song and Artist: Turn on a Smile by Billy White Acre
Turn on a Smile is a 'cheer up' song, about a simple cure for feeling down. When you turn on a smile you start to feel better right away, and this cheer spreads very quickly to others.
When Choice Hotels Music Program asked me to come up with a song to benefit Operation Smile, I remembered the guitar-vocal demo I recorded for a children's story. Operation Smile loved the song, so I set out to arrange and produce a version of the song that featured a children's choir. This was a great way to amplify the uplifting nature of the song as well as highlight an important cause.
Hearing the children sing my song put such a big smile on my face. Initially I was only planning on having them join in on the chorus and the bridge. Once we started rehearsing it was clear they wanted to sing so much more. They won me over and took on parts I never expected them to nail. That's why they're so high in the mix!
When I think of Operation Smile and how they bring so much healing and happiness to children, their families, and communities around the world, I'm honored to have my song connected with their wonderful work.
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