"It's just a beautiful song," McBride said. "I thought the song was really cool and told my good friend and producer, Trammell Starks, this would be a good campaign against child abuse."
Last year, McBride recorded the soulful ballad for his album "Journey to the Soul" and even recorded a music video.
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But McBride has made "Wipe Away a Tear" more than a song and video. Two months ago, McBride launched wipawayatear.org, a website dedicated to the Florida Network of Children's Advocacy Centers. You can learn more about child abuse prevention, see a list of advocacy centers in
"I hope people will visit the site and open their hearts and see that here's a worthy cause," McBride said.
It was three years ago that McBride first met with Julie Hurst, executive director of Emerald Coast Children's
"I met with Julie and toured the facility and I just thought, 'This is a great organization,'" McBride said. "I don't endorse things unless I'm really involved and take the issue to heart. It jerked my heart when I saw the kids."
McBride's work with the organization even earned him the Kieran May Award at the ECCAC Kieran May Memorial Golf and Gala Weekend in March.
"I thought I was just going to the gala to say hello and then they gave me an award," said McBride with a laugh.
Since volunteering his time — and sometimes his voice — to the cause, McBride has recruited his family, wife Lisa, son, Hunter and daughters, Zoe, River and Zuri, to help out as well.
"My wife and I want our kids to appreciate what they have," McBride said. "So many kids that don't have love and that is so sad. The most beautiful thing in this world is kids."
McBride's talents span further than
"I want to take this thing nationwide," he said of the "Wipe Away a Tear" campaign. "And then worldwide."
WIPE AWAY A TEAR: Visit www.wipeawayatear.org, to purchase Geoff McBride's latest CD featuring the heartfelt tune, "Wipe Away a Tear."