Fortunate Youth, a six-piece reggae outfit from the South Bay, know just how lucky they are. While "fortunate" may be an obvious descriptor for guys who get to travel the country playing reggae, the "youth" part has gained more significance as five years of recording and touring has expanded the group's positive vibe to a national, all-ages audience.
"We've heard from parents throughout the whole country that their 7- and 8-year-olds love our music," says drummer Jordan Walpole.
One particular member of the band's prepubescent fan base gets extra love and support from the group at each show she attends. "A good friend of ours has a daughter who was battling cancer at a very young age," Walpole explains. "She fought it and has been very successful. . . . She's happy and young and talented and amazing, and she comes to every show she can. We always give her a bunch of love; we're so happy every time she's there. . . . It's great to be a part of something that can help people in need."More »