Singer-songwriter Jamie Trent and his family spent a week in Ocracoke Village last year. He enjoyed it so much, he professed his love for the island in song before heading back home to Lynchburg.
He enlisted David Kent, a songwriter from Nashville, to help finish the track. “Destination Ocracoke,” he called it.
It’s times like this that I give thanks for seagulls perched on driftwood planks, for dolphins dancing in the waves, coquina shells that shine for days. Inner peace in the Outer Banks.
When news broke on Friday that Hurricane Dorian had ravaged the tiny barrier island on North Carolina’s coast, which is home to some 400 people, Trent’s heart sunk.
Somehow, he had to help the tiny community he’d grown to love. Trent decided to donate all of the proceeds from his song to the island’s storm relief and recovery fund via the Outer Banks Community Foundation.
“You feel like you want to do more than just write a check. I wish I could do more, but what they need right now are funds,” Trent said during a phone interview from his home.
The goal is simple: raise as much money as possible. Trent uploaded the song on Amazon, and it’ll cost you 99 cents to download it.
Trent said he’s banking on the power of social media. He plans to share the track in some music and Outer Banks-related groups that he’s a member of on Facebook, where the song could potentially reach as many as 30,000 people at once.
“Even if only half of those people check it out, that could be $15,000 that we can give to Ocracoke,” he said.
It’s hard to imagine life without the island, the 16 mile stretch of pristine beaches and the welcoming nature its residents, he said.
Growing up, he visited the island dozens of times. As he got older, he was able to appreciate it for the magical destination that it is.
“It’s a little slice of heaven,” Trent said.
He hopes the song itself will also provide comfort to the island’s residents as they work to rebuild their beloved home, whether his words remind them of how beautiful the island is or give them the strength needed to rebuild.
It won’t fix any of the physical damage, but just maybe it can help soothe some raw emotions.
“Maybe for a brief second – for three minutes and 36 seconds – I hope it can provide comfort to the locals who might need it.”
The song is already available for purchase on Amazon, and is available on iTunes. You can also make donations online at obcf.org.