Musicians On Call (“MOC”) is a groundbreaking nonprofit organization that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in hospitals across the country. MOC has delivered the healing power of music to over half a million patients, families, and caregivers across the country. Nashville favorites like Lindsay Ell and Bobby Bones have been instrumental in assisting the organization and its targeted facilities.
Today, Ell posted on social media that she and boyfriend, radio personality Bones, stopped by Nashville’s The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial to visit with patients and bring them the joy of music. Not only was performing part of the plan for today’s trip; a songwriting session with some of the hospital’s patients was on the schedule.
Ell is a musical prodigy, able to play multiple instruments by ear. Bones is a syndicated country radio host who has dabbled in music and standup comedy, taking his group, The Raging Idiots, on the road. Though both of these individuals are exceptionally busy with her and his own careers, they often make time to give back to the community and share their talents with those in need.
In late 2015, Ell spent twenty-four hours on Music City’s Lower Broadway, busking for tips in support of her single, “By the Way.” The Stoney Creek Records singer-songwriter-musician donated the money she made over the period of time to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Bones constantly devotes his efforts to organizations like St. Jude’s, in order to raise funds for cancer research and to ensure that no child’s goes untreated due to lack of finances. Bones has even set aside one week per year, specifically with the intent of raising funds for the hospital, inviting artists from around town into his show for exclusive performances. Additionally, his show made the phrase “pimpin’ joy” viral (in memory of show co-host Amy’s late mother), reminding others to use every day to spread joy.
And joy they have both spread.