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NWF Daily News: Rock by the Sea: Hurricane Michael inspires album

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

“Write By the Sea, Vol. 1” might sound a little different if it weren’t for Hurricane Michael.

Charitable organizations Rock by the Sea Inc. and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure recruited volunteer songwriters to write and produce the collaborate record, “Write By the Sea, Vol. 1,” to raise money for pediatric brain cancer research.

Beth Gosnell, the president of Rock by the Sea, said the plan was to record the album in a trio of large, upscale Destin homes in October 2018. The group of musicians didn’t even have time to unpack before being evacuated when Hurricane Michael was about to make landfall in Florida.

In the wee hours of the morning, they drove to one of the musicians’ in-laws’ old lake house in Cropwell, Alabama, and created a makeshift recording studio.

“They started writing — I think the last video clip I took was at 5:43 a.m., and it was amazing,” Gosnell said. “A lot of the songs mention weather. It’s a great record. I think what we learned is that we don’t necessarily need all of that. They did not need three beach houses. They just needed one little house.”

“Write By the Sea, Vol. 1” released March 12 and is available on,, iTunes or through Several of the featured musicians will perform May 8-12 at the 2019 Rock by the Sea Music Festival at Harry A’s on St. George Island.

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