Atlee Feingold works at Portage Bay Cafe in South Lake Union and recently sat down to tell us a bit about her music and passion project.
1. Can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I am a singer/songwriter and also the co-founder of small altruistic business, Open Your Eyes Sunnies (OYES), that donates a $1 of every pair purchased to Everytown for Gun Safety.
2. How did you get into it?
Music - I have been singing and song writing since I was very little however, it wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I really started to pursue producing and performing my own music. My music is a mix of alternative blues and new age folk. Its where my heart lies and I love it.
OYES - Violence in America is not something any of us should take lightly and violence with a gun can be finite. I wanted to do something else with my time that gave back to the people who are pounding the pavement each and every day to push gun sense regulation and make our cities, schools and neighborhoods safer for all of us.
3. What inspires your work? What inspires you?
Music - Life, experiences, love, self expression and honesty. Also giving people permission to feel. Thats why I do what I do.
OYES - Creating a society that is based out of community and communication rather than boundaries and fear. Thats what drives me. I am inspired by all of the people whose lives have been affected by gun violence and get up every day and fight to make sure others do not suffer from the same fate, the moms who go door to door to help pass gun sense regulation, the parkland students, and all of the victims who have lost their lives and loved ones to senseless, preventable violence. They inspire me to get up every day and do this work.
4. Where can people learn more about your work?
Music- Join my mailing list!
OYES- Join our mailing list!
5. What is your favorite Portage Bay Cafe dish?
The Vegan Banana Pancakes