Methodist Family Health’s Time to Shine launches with a song

North Little Rock’s Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders, a local band made up of musicians from throughout Arkansas, are donating the proceeds of the download of their original song, This is the Time to Shine, to Methodist Family Health.

Other bandmates are Jay Wedaman, who also is the business manager at North Little Rock’s First United Methodist Church, and plays drums, while Mike Nelson is on Bass.

Proceeds from every download this year, from now until 11:59 p.m. Fri., Dec. 31, will be donated to Methodist Family Health.

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The song was written for Methodist Family Health’s new SHINE campaign in which the nonprofit encourages Arkansans to share their light with their communities so all may benefit.

“I did not know a lot about Methodist Family Health when they approached me about writing a song for them,” said Hale, who grew up in is England, Arkansas. “When I learned they are more than 120 years old and work with this state’s children and their families who are struggling with abandonment, abuse and neglect or dealing with psychiatric, behavioral, emotional and spiritual issues, I was inspired to write this song. After talking with my bandmates, we decided to donate all of the proceeds from the song’s downloads until the end of the year.”

Kelli Reep is the director of communications and said Dolly Parton was the inspiration for the sog.

She’s, “a personal ‘shero’ of mine,” Reep said of Parton, the genuinely best thing to ever come out of Tennesse and “she has a bluegrass rendition of a rock song called Shine that I love. It occurred to me that our campaign could do the same thing – Share the Light and SHINE.”

That led Reep to ask Hale, who is a personal friend –  [Editor’s Note: Same.] – “if he would write a song for us.” That led to the song being commissioned, “and now he and the band, who performed this sone, are donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the download … to the children and families at Methodist Family Health.”

“Jason has a HUGE heart, he’s a native Arkansan, and he is an incredible singer-songwriter,” Reep added. “It made sense to us that, as Arkansans who understand we have to help each other if we are going to accomplish positive things, we work together.”

To watch the video for This is the Time to Shine, click below:

To download the song, visit your preferred site and search for Jason Lee Hale and The Personal Space Invaders.