Emily Saliers sings with the Metro State Women's Prison Choir

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls hugs a prisoner after cutting the CD. photo by Cindy Brown Check out this CD. It's great.

Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls, who provided financial backing for the project, chimes in on several songs on this CD with women in the Metro State Women's Prison Choir. Emily rocks the house and so do the prisoners!

Proceeds from sales of the CD go to benefit the Children's Center at the Metro State Women's Prison in Georgia.

I had the privilege of taking the photographs of the concert and the choir for the CD cover. And after the concert, I was delighted to join the prisoners and Emily for lunch. Emily is as delightful in person as she appears on stage, but with a Dad like Don it would be hard for her to be otherwise. (My apologies to Emily's Mom--since I've never met her I can't add wonderful words about her here, though I'm sure she must be pretty special, too.)

Here are a few stories about the project:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20090920/ENTERTAINMENT04/709209932

http://www.examiner.com/a-2212796~Indigo_Girl_helps_prison_choir_make_CD.html

http://www.accessatlanta.com/celebrities-tv/indigo-girl-helps-prison-124616.html

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Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.