TO: ALL MEDIA
FROM: Legendary Artists/Joy Novota, Executive Agent – 406-227-6961
RE: Montana Country Singer Wins National Award from National Alliance on Mental Illness
DATE: July 3, 2014
Jason DeShaw, Montana’s own country singer, has been selected to receive NAMI’s (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Lionel Aldridge Champions Award. This award recognizes an individual living with a mental illness who has exhibited courage, leadership, and service on behalf of all people living with mental illness. In selecting DeShaw for this award, the NAMI Board recognizes him for his efforts to be a voice for those who struggle with mental illness. DeShaw will receive the Champions Award at the 2014 NAMI National Convention this September in Washington, D.C. where he will also perform for the attendees.
Jason DeShaw is a beacon of light in a dark world of mental illness and addiction. As a presenter, DeShaw is sharing his hard-fought struggles through story and song. His goal is to reach out to others who are looking for hope with mental illness and addictions. His authenticity gives people permission to feel and acknowledges them as valued members of humanity. As a country singer, DeShaw has opened for The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, and Emerson Drive. Having performed across the United States, Canada, and Europe, he has been featured in two television specials. His is a down-home, front-porch style with a soulful sound.
Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker, Justin Lubke, is researching a potential documentary about DeShaw, and an NBC affiliate is also exploring a new television special. In October, DeShaw will be the featured speaker for the NAMI South Dakota state convention which will present a special focus on mental illness beginning in childhood and adolescence. For information on booking speaking/singing engagements for Jason DeShaw, contact 406-227-6961.
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