In 1994, the mother of Heart & Soul cofounders, Janna Lauer and DougJenson, fell ill and required a care facility. They saw the despair, loneliness,and isolation of those confined away from daily life. Doug had seen Bread and Roses’ healing with music in San Francisco, and together they resolved to bring that blessing to Utah to alleviate the suffering of many who endure their mother’s fate. Heart & Soul brings hope, healing and joy to 28,000 people each year by producing over 1,300 live shows at convalescent homes, senior centers, hospitals, centers for children with disabilities, psychiatric facilities, domestic abuse shelters and prisons.
Heart & Soul shares the talents of over 350 performers across many genres. Heart & Soul seeks to make our world less lonely through music. Our performances enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts. Heart & Soul builds bridges, connecting generations, providing an opportunity to give back to our community. In carrying out this mission, Heart & Soul seeks to create a social awareness of people isolated from society. Heart & Soul has been healing human spirits by bringing music and performing arts t isolated members in our community since 1994.
Since March 2020, Heart & Soul adapted its programming to include Heart & Soul Singing Telegrams and Courtyard Concerts in order to serve our most isolated neighbors during this difficult time.
Heart and Soul was featured on KUTV’s “Pay it Forward” in 2017. It’s definitely worth watching: https://kutv.com/features/pay-itforward/pay-it-forward-heart-soul