Musician Lanny Cordola, founder of The Miraculous Love Kids / Girl with a Guitar, has collaborated with such highly regarded musicians as Slash and Gilby Clarke from Guns N’ Roses, John Stamos and Jodie Sweetin from the TV show Full House, the Beach Boys, Donovan, Robbie Wykoff and Harry Waters from the Roger Waters Band, Andy Vargas from Santana, Nancy Sinatra, Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray, Moby, Sen Dog from Cypress Hill, Kris Myers from Umphrey’s McGee, and several others. He has also created music with world music figures, such as singers Atif Aslam and Sanam Marvi from Pakistan, Wahid Qasimi from Afghanistan, and D2 from Bulgaria.
Since 2010, Lanny has focused on musical projects aimed at raising awareness, resources and funds for some of the most vulnerable children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In the wake of his work in these regions, Lanny has formed his own non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization called the Miraculous Love Kids,
based on the premise that “it shouldn’t hurt to be a child” and that a kid with a melody in their heart has hope, and with hope all things are possible.
On September 8, 2012, sisters Parwana and Korshid were killed by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan. During a visit to the region in 2014, Lanny met with the family of Parwana and Korshid and vowed to return to help improve their living conditions.
“I had the opportunity to meet the family and offer my deepest sympathies for their unbearable loss,” Lanny recalls. “Their warmth, beauty and grace were overwhelming. Parwana and Korshid’s young siblings Behishta, Faisal, and Mursal showered me with unadulterated affection and were ever so grateful for my visit.”
On June 27, 2015, thanks to supporters and American vet Brad Pupello (who was friends with Parwana and Korshid), Lanny moved the family from a two-room slum in the hills of Kabul to a dignified three-bedroom home in a safe part of the city. Behishta, Faisal and Mursal are now going to a private school and learning how to play the guitar.
In February 2016, Lanny moved to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he plays and teaches guitar to children in schools, internally displaced persons (IDP) camps, on the street and in the Miraculous Love Kids Center.
“There is something special here” — Bono (U2), 2016
“What an amazing thing…profound respect and love” — Chris Martin (Coldplay), 2016
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids press:
Orange County Register (November 23, 2016) – Orange County musician teaches
guitar to girls in Afghanistan to help them heal
Los Angeles Times (November 11, 2016) – Musician Lanny Cordola and Peace Jam III bring healing through music > http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/tn- wknd-et-1113-lanny-cordola-20161112-story.html
Reuters Lifestyle (August 26, 2016) – American guitarist uses music as healing force in Kabul
BBC News (July 21, 2016) – The guitar school for street children in Afghanistan
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids videos:
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl with a Guitar (13:32 minutes) >
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl with a Guitar Promo Reel >
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids/Girl with a Guitar – “Lost Children” >
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids | Harry Waters & Robbie Wyckoff (Roger Waters)
Testimonial > https://youtu.be/uEaoMliFqhk
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids | Kris Myers Testimonial > https://youtu.be/1N- 0I01pIl4
The Dream of a Ridiculous Man > https://youtu.be/OYqCgm3gHGU
Lanny & The Miraculous Love Kids Resources:
The Miraculous Love Kids > http://themiraculouslovekids.org/
Go Fund Me > https://www.gofundme.com/bt8rjg
Email > firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/lanny.cordola