SONGS OF SURVIVORS

About the Organization

ABOUT SONGS OF SURVIVORS

WHY WE ARE HERE

Songs of Survivors (SOS) exists to help the men and women who served in the US military who are in need of healing from past traumas. The ability that music has to heal and reframe experiences in a more positive light is what sparked into Veterans workshops (SOS4Vets).

HOW IT WORKS

SOS is led 100% by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of community partners from areas highlighting the mission of Songs of Survivors - Law Enforcement, Mental Health providers, Legal council, Music Publishing & Non-Profit Accounting.

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MISSION

Healing by reframing experiences with songwriting and music creation.

VISION

To help those in need of healing through the power of music.

STORY

In 2019, David St. Romain, a music artist turned community advocate, created Songs of Survivors to help people through their healing process by writing songs. After conducting songwriting workshops with veterans, Songs of Survivors became a non-profit within a year, with funding from individual donors, Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Olin Corporation. David established partnerships with various veteran-serving organizations throughout Louisiana, including The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and The Veterans Administration. Veterans can now participate in workshops throughout the year in different cities across the state.

OUR PEOPLE

STAFF

DAVID ST. ROMAIN

Executive Director

David St Romain is the founder and executive director of Songs of Survivors, a nonprofit organization located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that is dedicated to helping veterans heal through the power of music. David served eight years in the Louisiana National Guard and has spent more than 30 years in the music industry. In 2007, he placed third in USA Network’s Nashville Star out of thousands of contestants and spent the next several years touring the United States. David has more than 10,000 performances under his belt and has released more than 100 recordings. He has written songs with the best songwriters in the music industry, including Randy Owen of Alabama and Dan Tyler, a Nashville songwriter and producer who has numerous number one hits in his catalog.

David began to experience the most fulfilling period of his life when he decided to combine his love of the military with his love of music. Through his philanthropic work with veterans, he has been able to bring the healing aspect of music to those who have experienced PTSD and other traumas as a result of their service. He also works with numerous organizations to connect those in need with those who can help. David is a featured inspirational speaker at conferences and events and on radio and television shows.

David was recently honored with the Roddy Richard Life Achievement Award from Louisiana Youth Seminar. He is also a graduate of Leadership Louisiana’s class of 2022.

SUSAN MUSTAFA

Administrative Director

Susan Mustafa is a New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle bestselling author, as well as an award-winning investigative journalist. Her books have been translated and published in nine languages. She had been prominently featured in several docuseries and numerous television programs that have aired on FX, A&E, Hulu, Discovery, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Oxygen, and National Geographic. Susan is also an experienced public speaker.  

   Susan earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she won numerous awards for writing, including the Public Service in Journalism award. 

   Susan has always been dedicated to helping others, and she has a long history of writing about nonprofit organizations in an effort to bring attention to the good work they do. The Songs of Survivors mission to help veterans through the power of music is especially meaningful to her because her father and brother are retired veterans. 

OUR PEOPLE

EXECUTIVE BOARD

DENISE PITTMAN

Board President

I met David over 15 years ago and was drawn to his music due to the passion and soul he put into it. After getting to know him I became aware of his other passion and dream for helping others who had been abused or had suffered trauma like him. He had a goal of starting a nonprofit to use music therapy to help these people. I told him I was onboard to help in any way I could and am happy that his dream is coming true. He has dedicated his life to this goal and I am glad to be a part of it.

JOEY JONES

Vice President

I remember the day in 2018 when David and I had lunch and he told me about his idea for Songs of Survivors. He spoke with such passion and joy as he explained his vision and calling to help those who have suffered the same pain as he has. I knew from that moment that I wanted to do whatever I could to help that vision become a reality. To know the difference David is making in peoples lives through the power of music is amazing, and I’m very proud and honored to serve on this board. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KELLY BARBIN, LCSW

Board Member

I feel it is my duty to serve and give back to those in need. Whatever the need may be, I am blessed to be able to give my time and words of encouragement. Sometimes, all it takes is for someone to offer an ear, regardless of what their story may be. I’m also more than honored to help those who serve our country and sacrifice their lives for our freedom. Even if my involvement only touches or reaches one person, then my time was worthwhile.

EVAN FEKETE

Board Member

Songs of survivors has a mission and purpose very near and dear to my heart. In addition to the ample research showing the therapeutic effects of song writing as a mode of healing emotional trauma, I can personally attest to the cathartic effect that music has had for me in my life. Songwriting is a deep meditation. It is also a process. In the end we're left with a song, which is a story, a thing of beauty distilled from this life experience we are all sharing. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of an organization doing this work. And there is much work to be done.

JAMI LYNN GRAHAM

Board Member

I am honored to be involved in Songs for Survivors. I have the utmost respect for David St Romain and his passion for this organization. David is more than just a face, he is a zealous advocate. The positive impact of the programs will touch so many that need healing and confidence. I hope that my contributions can further advance the important work of this great alliance.

CHAD CHENEVERT

Board Member

One of the greatest gifts mankind has given themselves is music. It is such a powerful tool. Everyone likes music in some way. We don't all have the opportunity to learn how it is made, so to just sit down and listen to professional to walk you through the process of how a song is developed really makes the songs on the radio sound different. So I would encourage any of my battle buddies to come and check it out; they are going to find something very fulfilling out of it.

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OUR SUPPORTERS

PARTNERS

Louisiana Office of Cultural Development & the Office of Lt Governor Billy Nungesser

Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Huey & Angelina Wilson Foundation

Louisiana National Guard

Longbranch Recovery Center

Hero Program

SPONSORS

Olin Corporation

Acadian Automation

Bengal Transportation

Bayou Apparel

Cajun Controls

Global Power & Controls

PreSonus

Modern Woodmen Of America