(French West Vaughan) Roger Daltrey of The Who presents Pantheon And Teen Cancer America’s “The Real Me” podcast, which premieres Tuesday, October 5th.
The new series follows the emotionally strong stories of young songwriters and performers with cancer who have found hope, healing and connection through music.
Presented by Teen Cancer America (TCA), the national non-profit association founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, “The Real Me” highlights the moving experiences of cancer patients in the world. TCA’s Play It Back program, which pairs them with music professionals to write, perform and record fully produced studio versions of their original songs.
“Music is in the DNA of our association,” said Daltrey, whose familiar voice opens and closes each podcast episode. “Its therapeutic benefit for young people with cancer is indisputable. These podcasts showcase the talents of these exceptional people, while sharing their extraordinary stories and demonstrating the critical importance of Teen Cancer America’s work.
Based in Los Angeles, TCA funds and develops specialized facilities and services for patients with cancer in adolescents and young adults (AYA). The Play it Back program has attracted the participation of creative superstars such as the Grammy Award-winning alternative pop group Portugal. BMI man and five-time Songwriter of the Year, Benny Blanco, whose collaborations include hits written and produced with Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Rhianna, Maroon 5, Halsey, Katy Perry, Kanye West, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez and others.
“The Real Me”, named after The Who’s hit song in 1974, is hosted by singer / songwriter Erin Alden and produced by Pantheon’s Christian Swain. Songwriter, performer and producer Kenli Mattus, Music Director of Play it Back, is featured on air to help each artist share their inspiring story.
“Pantheon Podcasts is very excited to be working with Teen Cancer America to realize the vision of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend by doing all we can for teens and young adults facing cancer,” said Swain. “The ‘The Real Me’ podcast strikes a balance that makes these authentic stories so powerful – full of joy, sometimes sad, but always uplifting as we hear these young people find their wings and fly. It is a privilege to share the journey with them. “
The first episode stars Juan Carlos “JC” Razuri, a Los Angeles native who was diagnosed with lymphoma while in high school. A member of his school’s orchestra, jazz ensemble, and marching band, JC was eager to pursue his musical career in college when life as he knew it suddenly changed. Thanks to Play it Back, the music helped him to persevere during the treatment. He remembers his first “a-ha” moment working on a song with Mattus, inspired by improvising on the violin, feeling the euphoria of the creative process.
“It’s amazing to hear these first-person testimonials and understand how important a program like Play it Back is for a young person facing a life-threatening situation,” said Simon Davies, Executive Director of Teen Cancer America. “We are extremely grateful to the artists who donate their time and passion for music to the program, and to the Pantheon, for allowing these stories to be told in such a personal way.”
Starting with the first three of 10 episodes of Season 1, “The Real Me” will be available on TeenCancerAmerica.org and on Amazon, Apple, Google, iHeart, Spotify, Stitcher and other podcast platforms. Watch the trailer below:
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