A musician on a mission: Geoff McBride advocates against child abuse with new song

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Geoff McBride has recorded music with Arista Records and was a contestant on "The Voice" in 2012. To learn more about the singer, visit geoffmcbride.com.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 03:23 PM.

When Santa Rosa Beach musician Geoff McBride first heard the song "Wipe Away a Tear," written by the Grammy award-winning Jerry Peters, he immediately knew it would be the perfect platform for his advocacy against child abuse.

"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.

"We shot in Nashville for two days," the singer said. "The first part of shooting, it was nice and sunny, and then it started to rain. I told the crew to keep shooting. It fit perfect with the title 'Wipe Away a Tear.' It was very spiritual."

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 Florida , and donate to the cause. A $35 donation not only goes towards keeping Florida children safe, but you will receive McBride's album "Journey to the Soul," and a Wipe Away a Tear t-shirt.  And since April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, now is the perfect time to act.

"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 Advocacy Center . The non-profit organization serves Okaloosa and Walton County through housing law enforcement, prosecution professionals, therapists, social workers and a child protection team working under one roof to better serve child victims of abuse. All services are free of charge.

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