9 October 2014

The Celtic Tenors Join SOS Children’s Villages in Mission to Provide Homes for Vulnerable Children

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephanie Rendon, 786.222.0406, srendon@sos-usa.org

The Celtic Tennors and SOS Staff

Left to right: Celtic Tenors James Nelson, Matthew Gilsenan and Daryl Simpson with Kirsten Feyling, Stephanie Rendon, Sarah Jayne Bleiweis and Carolyn Schmidt from SOS Children's Villages - USA
Washington, D.C. – SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization for orphaned and abandoned children, announced today it has teamed up with world-famous Irish trio The Celtic Tenors to help raise funds to help support the millions of children who have lost their parents, or are at risk of losing parental care.

Their U.S. tour in partnership with SOS-USA kicks off this month in Bethesda, MD, and will visit venues nationwide.

"I've seen children who have been born into a living hell and I really believe they deserve a proper second chance at life," said James Nelson of The Celtic Tenors. "SOS Children's Villages is an organization that gives children the love and care they need to thrive and succeed. We feel so privileged to partner with them for our U.S. tour."

Since 2000, Celtic Tenors Matthew Gilsenan, Daryl Simpson and James Nelson have performed to sold-out audiences in the United States, Canada, Ireland and China. Tapping into classical, folk, Irish and pop genres, the trio has sold over one million albums worldwide. Although music is at the core of what they do, the trio actively contributes to projects supporting vulnerable youth and communities, as demonstrated by Nelson and his work helping children in Kenya orphaned by AIDS. Nelson has given children a shot at a happy life through building homes and education facilities, as well as developing music programs and performing in concerts with them.

 “We are thrilled to partner with The Celtic Tenors to draw attention and inspire people to take action for the millions of children who are orphaned and abandoned each year,” said Lynn Croneberger, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages – USA. “Their support will no doubt help put smiles on the faces of the world’s most vulnerable children. We encourage everyone to come out to see this incredible trio and learn how they can make a difference in the lives of our children.”

SOS Children’s Villages provides homes for orphaned and abandoned children, as well as critical social services for vulnerable families to prevent child abandonment. Currently, there are over 151 million children who have lost one or both parents due to unfortunate circumstances like poverty, conflict or natural disasters. SOS aims to provide these children with the resources needed to live happy, healthy lives. The organization is present in 134 countries and territories, including the U.S.

Attendees of The Celtic Tenors’ shows can learn more about SOS Children’s Villages and its child sponsorship opportunities at participating venues. For tickets and more information, go to

For more information or to speak to a representative from The Celtic Tenors or SOS Children’s Villages, contact Stephanie Rendon at srendon@sos-usa.org.