Drew Chadwick: How The Cove Inspired Me To Make A Difference

X-Factor Star, Recording Artist and #WeTheChange founder Drew Chadwick writes an inspirational blog on how the Cove encouraged him into activism. He is an Ambassador for the Dolphin Project and we look forward to him joining our Cove Monitors in Japan next year. -Ric O’Barry

I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen a documentary called ‘The Cove’, but I’ve seen it and let me tell ya…at least for me, it’s what you would call a life changer.

I remember, around 3-4 years ago when I sat there watching the ending credits, I felt a POWERFUL intuitive calling to help protect these extremely intelligent, divine creatures that were so heartlessly slaughtered in the thousands. My heart was flowing with empathy and compassion. I remember, even as broke as I was, I still went online and gave what I could to show my deep respect and support for the activists fighting for the dolphins.

I also felt a flame ignite in me. I felt my heart awaken with a fierce yearning to stand for justice and protect all things natural and beautiful that us humans so blindly abuse and exploit to feed or consumer, materialist lifestyles. So, as you can see, this film not only sheds light on an unthinkably evil matter, but it also is a call to the activist. It reminded me where my heart was and what my purpose was as an artist and as a person.

Here I am years later still supporting the Dolphin Project and I won’t stop until this matter, as well as many others, have been resolved. If you haven’t seen the film or you have no idea what I’m talking about, then I encourage you to go to the website, get informed and show your support. Ric O’Barry is right, if we can’t stop something like this, then how are we supposed to be able to tackle some of the world’s even bigger issues?

Drew Chadwick Photo DolphinProject.net

So get on your soap-box, sign every petition you can, educate a friend, buy a shirt, start a Cove Club at your school, join the Cove Monitorsget creative and fundraise for the Dolphin Project. You CAN make a difference. Even Steve-O took action in his own unique way.

You can start by joining me and take the Pledge NOT To Buy A Ticket To A Dolphin Show!


– Drew Chadwick

#WeTheChange #LetsProtectDolphinsTogether #DolphinProject


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About Drew Chadwick

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“Music is something formless and not really definable. But I think that’s ok. I think

different is better. After all, it`s that difference which evolves culture. Pioneers and

visionaries of all kinds are what keep the network expanding for humanity. Whether it`s

innovation in technology, art or any other form of creative self expression, a true pioneer

vows to step where no one has stepped before.” Drew Chadwick

Drew Chadwick, a 22 year old Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, originally from Port

Angeles, Washington, is a true pioneer. His talent for blending rapid-fire raps with

sweet, impassioned vocals, to create a hybrid of alternative-rock and R&B with flavors of

hip-hop, makes him an important voice of his generation. His poetic lyrics are deep and

thought provoking, pointing to a higher truth of universal love, in response to the human

struggle. Drew is a musician on a mission, to inspire his fans of more than half a million

twitter followers, to wake up and help make the world a better place.

Drew came to national prominence in 2012 as one-third of the group Emblem3 on the

second season of The X Factor USA, making it all the way to 4th place. Drew was

responsible for writing the majority of songs for Emblem3, including “Sunset Boulevard”

which they chose as their X Factor audition song. They were a favorite of both the

viewers and the judges, particularly Simon Cowell, who signed them to his Syco Music

Label with a record deal at Columbia Records.

Drew co-wrote and produced the songs for their debut album, “Nothing To Lose,” with

top music industry names like, Joel and Benji Madden, of “Good Charlotte”, Jack

Anonoff from “Fun”, Matt Rad, Kool Kojak, Peter Svensson, Savan Kotecha and Max

Martin, who Drew worked closely with co-writing the title track, absorbing his

knowledge on song writing technique and philosophies on symmetry and dynamics in

sound. Working with these top producers, has helped Drew take his song writing skills to

a whole new level.

The album debuted in April 2013 at #7 on the US Billboard 200, selling 46,000 copies in

its first week and was the first X Factor USA act to have an album on the top 10. The first

single “Chloe” had over 300,000 downloads, helping the album become #6 on

Billboard’s Digital Download chart. Emblem3 toured with Selena Gomez as her opening

act, performing in arenas every night in front of 10,000 plus screaming fans, across the

United States, Europe and South America. While on tour, they did numerous radio

promotional events and TV interviews, building a solid fan base. Their own headlining

tour the following year sold out immediately with fans across the globe, eager to see

Drew and his band mates perform live. While with Emblem3, Drew also co-founded

#teaminspire, which became a global success, spreading it’s message of world peace and

equality for all.

In June 2014, Drew made the difficult and risky decision to leave the group to pursue his

dream of a solo career, writing and performing songs that reflect a new paradigm of a

socially conscious lifestyle and promote positive solutions in the world.

“I’m at a point now, were I truly believe I have this deep purpose far beyond becoming
financially successful and adored by fans. Those things bring me no satisfaction. My only

true ambition is to bring people together and inspire compassion, inspire equality and

respect for each other as well as our precious home. My heart burns with passion for

healing, from the individual all the way to the collective and I refuse to take no for an


Drew’s collection of new songs are extremely hit worthy with their catchy melodies and

evocative vocals, yet the complex song structures and philosophical lyrics, are more

reflective of the true artist that he is. His songs are inspired by his own personal struggle,

as well as his innate spiritual wisdom, which he channels into each song. His first solo

EP will be released in early 2015, with his multitude of fans eager to hear his new music

on his upcoming solo tour.

As part of Drew’s mission to make a positive difference in the world he has co-founded

the non-profit organization WE THE CHANGE dedicated to raising awareness about the

current issues that are prohibiting justice, equality and world peace. Amongst its many

visionary programs, is an environmental awareness campaign, a meditation camp, and an

activist activation fund for Drew’s fan base, offering them a proactive opportunity to

serve the charitable organization of their choice.

“The deep connections I continue to share with myself and others through music and

meditation, brings me much clarity and peace. I believe everything in my life has been

part of some absolute plan far greater then my mind can conceive. Everything has been

prepping me for this adventure and I am very blessed to be stepping only where my heart

commands, and moving forward with the Destination Unknown.” Drew Chadwick

Written by Prasad Paul Duffy

Author: Drew Chadwick


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