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Mission In My Words: Billy Strings

I’m looking forward to this year’s “Strings the Halls” benefit show at Marathon Music Works in December. After pivoting last year with an episodic, digital format, we are returning with an in-person event—and once again benefiting Nashville Rescue Mission. I’m so excited to continue this tradition, and you never know who might show up.

I’m originally from Lansing, Michigan, but Nashville is home for me now. So being able to support and give back to the community where I live is something that’s really important to me.

I know what it’s like not to know where your next meal is coming from. I also see how that can affect everything in your life. It takes a toll on you mentally, physically, and spiritually. Addiction also hits really close to home for me. I’ve had way too many close friends lose their lives to addiction and drug overdoses.

Whether it’s a safe place to put your head at night or a warm meal, there are so many folks in our community who need the resources and support the Mission provides. I want to do what I can to try and help support them and their work.

Homelessness and addiction come in all different shapes and sizes. No one is immune. We all need to try to support each other and help one another; in whatever ways we can.

 “Being able to support and give back to the community where I live is something that’s really important to me.”

I called my last record Home, and then a few months later, that’s where we all got stuck. My new record, Renewal, speaks more about overcoming setbacks. I think renewal is an interesting word. It reminds me of how every morning is a renewed day and another chance. Something the Mission knows a lot about and offers it to those who walk through their doors.

Whether it’s serving meals to the homeless or offering recovery programs for people battling addiction, Nashville Rescue Mission is a trustworthy organization that is doing a lot of good in our community. I hope you’ll join me in supporting them.

Born William Apostol, the Michigan native was raised up on bluegrass guitar. Dubbed Billy Strings by an aunt who saw his burgeoning ability, he began fusing high-speed technique with his own equally breakneck charisma as a teenager. Strings has lived in Nashville since 2015. He made his Grand Ole Opry debut in March 2019. His newest album, Renewal, follows his Grammy Award-winning project, Home. His accolades include industry recognition ranging from Pollstar’s Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Guitar Player of the Year and New Artist of the Year. 

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