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Bluegrass singer’s music to benefit those facing hardship

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An area country-bluegrass singer wants to see her struggles bring hope to others facing hardship.

So performer Marla Jo Mason is donating some summertime proceeds from her song downloads to a local program intended to help lower-income families. Proceeds from 75 albums purchased online will benefit Angels of Love, the holiday program operated by the local nonprofit agency Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center.

Cards offering instructions about the music downloads can be picked up at the family center, 1039 Sycamore St. in Columbus. For the center to benefit from music purchases, buyers must use the cards, Mason said.

Angels of Love provides toys and clothes to struggling families.

Mason, of Nineveh, is a member of the Columbus-based Cummins Distribution Business Unit that annually raises money for Angels of Love.

The artist with the Oklahoma-based Tate Music Group also wants to draw attention to domestic violence through her new music video/photo montage “Breaking My Silence” for the song, “Back in 1995.”

The tune details her own 10-year experience with physical abuse and how God spared her life in a serious situation.

“I wish I had listened (to family and friends),” Mason said. “No one should ever have to suffer abuse.”

Mason has led an anti-bullying session for area students, and regularly shared her story of domestic violence in order to educate people and build awareness.

Lincoln-Central’s Diane Doup said she is glad to see Mason find a way to turn her situation into something beneficial.

“Marla’s donation of music will enable us to provide for more children this year,” Doup said.

Angels of Love has provided Christmas gifts for about 500 local children for the past few years, according to Doup.

“It’s no easy task getting everyone taken care of, so every dollar helps,” Doup said. “It’s fun to have a creative way for folks to support the program.”

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