Rhythm of Hope®

Just like movies, music is good for the soul!

In our Rhythm of Hope® program, pediatric patients take a break from battling their illness and immerse themselves in music making, becoming a part of their very own “band.”

– Our Facilitators –

Ruby Spiro

Ruby Spiro is an American singer, songwriter, recording artist, philanthropist, and performer. At age 15, Ruby signed a recording agreement with the Walt Disney Music Group label, spending her high school years recording between Nashville and Los Angeles. She wrote songs in the Tinker Bell trilogy feature films, as well as features on Disneymania and Radio Disney.

At 16 her recording career led her to Nashville based Lyric Street Records where she recorded her first full length album. Currently, Ruby wrote the spotify-viral chart-topping single “You” by Lost Kings featuring Katelyn Tarver. She also wrote the hit song “I Want You” for DJ Elephante featuring Rumors which reached the top 10 on Billboards electronic dance music charts. Ruby is currently working on her 3rd single as well as writing for major label artists.

Through her career Ruby has found her heart was led to helping others. She volunteers and helps with the Seany Foundation, the Lollipop Theater, Lions, Tigers, and Bears and many others.

Summer Spiro

Summer Spiro is an American stage and film actress from Los Angeles, California. She recently completed L.A. Theatre Works’ national tour of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as well as Herbert Siguenza’s world pemeire of Steal Heaven. She is currently starring in the lead role in the film Stillwater in Stillwater, Oklahoma with award winning director James Cullen Bressack.

Other credits include Fallen Angels (North Coast Rep), Detroit (San Diego Rep), As You Like It (Moonlight Stage Prod), The Trouble We Come From by Scott Caan (The Falcon Theatre). At Mira Costa College, Summer received a Kennedy Centers’ Irene Ryan nomination for every production she appeared in, including Electra, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Proposals, and Blithe Spirit.

At age 17, she was signed with Disney’s Lyric Street Records where she penned and recorded several songs in the Tinkerbell movie soundtracks, as well as the Disneymania album compilations, and on Radio Disney. Summer takes her artist spirit and gives it forward as a counselor for “Lollipop Theatre” She also volunteers at “Union Rescue Mission” and enjoys helping children and making a difference.

Our children and families at CHLA really enjoy and look forward to LOLLIPOP’s Rhythm of Hope®. Rhythm of Hope® is not like any other interactive music program. It is adaptable to children of all ages, regardless of their medical status. Through Rhythm of Hope®, children in the hospital are given the opportunity to self-express through creating lyrics, and gain control over the musical instrument they wish to play. It is a delight to see children and families smile and engage with the vocalist and keyboardist to learn about music and create their own song as a group. The coolest part is that the children who were a part of the session get a copy of the song to enjoy at home.”

Alina Chu
Child Life Specialist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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