Life Changes Show, January 20, 2020

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Headline: 
Life Changes Show
Show Sub Headline: 
Volunteering for Our Planet, with Guest Sparrow R. Heatley, and Musical Guests, Samuel J and The Light Band

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio and cohost Mark Laisure, with Executive Producer Dorothy Lee Donahue

“Volunteering for Our Planet,” with Guest Sparrow R. Heatley, Advocate for the Planet, from Ocean to Land and Skies, and Co-Founder of the Nonprofit Organization, “From The Heart Tribe,” and Musical Guests, Award Winning, Singer Songwriter, Producer, Conservationist, Samuel J and The Light Band, on The LIFE CHANGES Show #564


Guest, Sparrow Heatley

Guest Name: 
Sparrow Heatley
Sparrow Heatley
Guest Occupation: 
Event Organizer, massage therapist and yoga instructor who works with top athletes and people fighting cancer
Guest Biography: 


Sparrow Heatley is one of two founders of the nonprofit organization From The Heart Tribe. Sparrow has been organizing events and bringing people together to help the environment in Los Angeles for over 11 years.

In 2009, Sparrow helped organize, along with Sean Jennings and Tim Morris, one of the greatest community events in West Los Angeles—“100 Gardens for Gratitude” where over 800 volunteers installed 100 edible gardens in one weekend across Los Angeles at homeless shelters and boys & girls clubs.  This team-building event transformed lawns into drought-tolerant native species or edible landscapes that improved both the environment and water supply.

In 2010, Sparrow helped Topanga Canyon Earth Day Festival creator Stephanie Lallouz organize an annual weekend event featuring live music and vegan food, and highlighted environmental conservation, community, and healing for over 10 thousand attendees. Sparrow continued to help organize this festival until its finale year in 2013. 

Beach cleanups started in 2011 when Sparrow lived in The Bahamas. She soon realized that Paradise Island wasn’t a paradise after all; its beaches around the tourist centers were covered in plastic trash.  To save life in the ocean and restore beauty to its beaches, Sparrow organized her first “Pick Up for Paradise” beach cleanup ridding the pink sands of Nassau from plastic straws and cigarette butts. After leaving the Bahamas for Los Angeles, she continued the effort and carried on the “paradise” name in hopes that people would consider their world a paradise even if it wasn’t an island.  

In 2019, From The Heart Tribe (FTHT) was officially designated as a 501c3. FTHT became the perfect platform to support and inspire leaders to organize environmental, community, or animal welfare events. 

As an ocean advocate, Sparrow organizes scientific data collection through her beach cleanups in order to advance environmental legislation in California, which contributed to the banning of plastic bags and plastic straws.  As a public speaker, she raises awareness about current environmental issues affecting Los Angeles as she did for Proposition 67 in 2016 and the “Clean Water Act” Measure W in 2018.

Sparrow’s passion and strength is helping people understand that some lifestyle choices are destroying the oceans. She strives to create solutions for our planet through her environmental events. To that extent, she goes beyond the ocean and teams up with organizations like TreePeople (a California 501c3 for mountain and park restoration) encouraging volunteers to take action.

Outside her environmental work, Sparrow is a massage therapist and yoga instructor who works with top athletes and people fighting cancer.  She holds degrees in business and management, and studied permaculture design.  Sparrow is continuing her education for green initiatives and renewable energy. During her spare time she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and pottery.

Guest, Samuel J and The Light Band

Guest Name: 
Samuel J and The Light Band
Samuel J and The Light Band
Guest Occupation: 
Innovative singer song writer, producer and conservationist
Guest Biography: 


Samuel J, is an innovative singer song writer, producer and conservationist from Cornwall (south UK).

His unique soul touching voice, gracious melodies and deeply moving lyrics are in-captivating hearts around the world.

There is an old wisdom that runs through this music, that speaks to people on a core level, reminding of us of who we truly are beyond our constricting beliefs and stories. Many people identify with Samuel’s incredible love and respect of all people and the importance of nature, a thread which shines through in his music. Samuels empowering songs are part of the beautiful movement happening around the planet, that is guiding us back to our true home – back into the light –

Samuel’s hard work with his unique music and soulful performances has led him to opportunities with his music in Asia, Brazil, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe … sharing the stage with the likes of Ben Harper, Michael Franti, Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter, Zero 7, Alice Russell, Jurassic 5 and an array of the leading musicians in Brazil……

He has performed main stage at many world renowned festivals, LIB, Shambhala, Lolapalooza, World Surf Tour (Brazil/California), Arise, One Love, Glastonbury, Secret Garden, Big Chill, Wanderlust, Bali Spirit Festival and many more ….

Some of his career highlights include, being selected to perform for his holiness the Dalai Lama (as part of the Dalai Lamas 70th birthday celebration) and performing at the Olympic and Paralympic games in London.

The most exciting chapter is just starting with the recent release of his life’s best works the much awaited album, Into The Light.

See other sections for Samuel’s work as a Youth Empowerment coach and Internationally recognized Ambassador of Ocean Conservation.

”Pure goose bumps when you hear him live.” – Scratch Radio

“This album is a slice of heaven. Some of the most captivating soul nourishing music I’ve heard in my life time. It has literally taken my breath away”… – Music Radar

”Some of the most heart warming beautiful compositions I have heard from this era, and with it the birth of a much needed bright star.” Limiha

“A Ground breaking new Album from a rising star’” – Dave StClair BBC

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More than just a musician ….

Samuel works tirelessly to support underprivileged youth where he tours. Where he often invites local children to perform and be Young Elders.

He admirably built a school from the proceeds of one of his albums he self organized, recorded, and produced in Brasil.

His award winning, ‘Brasil Live Project, Album, which features many recordings with some of Brazils greatest talents and the funds from the project go towards helping underprivileged children across Brazil. He is planning to do this in Africa 2019 then India 2020.

Samuel has been raising funds and awareness for Sea Shepherd and Ocean Care for a number of years and works continuously at schools and through his music to amplify the positive impact of their work. Samuel has taken part in expeditions with both organizations, visiting remote regions of the world and reporting from the areas most effected by exploitation.

Life Changes Show

Life Changes Show with Filippo Voltaggio
Show Host: 
Filippo Voltaggio

Come and join the conversation about what's going on and what we can do together about it, with it, and for it. We have the choice, we have the power. We can do magic if we just believe!

A show about the changes going on in us, to us, around us, and because of us. Therefore, it's technically a show about "Everything," only with a how to make it better, see it better, be better.

In the show, there is talk about, and with, people who have either been through major changes, are helping others with major changes, or people who are changing the world for the better in a major way.

The show is a one-hour talk show format with a monologue by the host, a 30 minute interview with a guest of note, capped by a "Producer's Wrap" segment, in which Filippo and Co-Host Mark Laisure, and sometimes surprise guests, bring it all home for the listeners in a sometimes humorous and sometimes touching, but always entertaining conversation.

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