Pick Up The Phone Tour 2011 – Duke Ellington Theater




The reality of depression and suicide has inspired artists to take part in the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR, a music tour committed to reducing the stigma associated with mental health as well as making the access to help and hope for all safe and without fear. Rebbie Jackson, eldest member of the famed Jackson Family will headline the 2nd Annual PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR–where impassioned artists join together to raise awareness and funds for depression and suicide prevention. The PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR is the first tour solely aimed at suicide prevention in history. The year long trek will launch February 25th at the storied Duke Ellington Theater in Washington D.C. and is planned to raise $200,000 for the 800-SUICIDE and its online crisis support program IMALIVE.org. See the PUTP tour itinerary below; tickets are on sale now. To purchase, visit: http://www.putp.org.

The PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR is created through a partnership between the non-profit organization Kristin Brooks Hope Center, founders of 1-800-SUICIDE and the nations only peer to peer suicide hotline for Moms suffering from post partum depression 1-800-PPD-MOMS and the world’s largest commercial free blog;  Postsecret.com. 1-800-PPD-MOMS provides a life-saving service that is private and confidential for Moms in need–callers are routed directly to a specially trained crisis center with the ability to conduct risk assessments and depression screening so that peer referrals or behavioral health services and other supports can be offered. Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE have received over 5 million calls and rescued more than 10,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans. 1-800-PPD-MOMS launched in 2003 with a dedication by Marie Osmond. The service has routed more than 30,000 new moms at risk and conducted over 2,000 live rescues.

The spokesperson for the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR 2011, Rebbie Jackson, knows first hand what the devastation of untreated or poorly treated mental health disorders can create Rebbie personally understands the struggles those who are affected by mental health issues face on a daily basis. “My daughter Yashi has struggled for 10 years with Bi-Polar Type 1 with a Schitzoaffective Disorder and to have the chance to do a tour focusing on mental health issues which have been a daily battle for her and my family is a gift. To inspire other families to have hope that you can survive this and have a healthy productive life is the mission of this tour,” explains Rebbie. “It’s great to be a part of a positive, progressive-thinking tour for an important cause which will make a direct impact and help people in desperate situations that need it the most.”  My daughter is living proof that if you reach out and allow yourself to be helped you can lead a beautiful life filled with love, family and career.

Rebbie Jackson first performed with her siblings during the Jackson family shows in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. The eldest of the famous Jacksons, Rebbie has devoted her life to God and to her husband and three children. Rebbie’s recording debut album, “Centipede” in 1984, was only released once the singer had ensured that family life was secure and that she had spent time with her children during their important younger years. “Centipede” became a chart success, reaching number 13 on the Billboard 100. The recording of the album had been a family affair with Husband Nathaniel and Rebbie’s brothers Randy and Tito who co-wrote the song “Come Alive Saturday Night”.

The most successful single from the album was the title track, “Centipede” written, arranged and produced by Michael, the song also featured Michael on backing vocals. It reached number 4 on the Black Singles Chart and was subsequently certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. “Centipede” marked Michael’s first effort at writing and producing since the release of his successful Thriller.

“Reaction” her next album, released in 1986 and recorded at Tito’s Ponderosa Studios in LA featured duets with Cheap Trick lead singer Robin Zander and another with Isaac Hayes. Reaction’s title track was the most popular hit from the album, reaching number 16 on the R&B singles chart.

R U Tuff Enuff was released in 1988 and Rebbie was more involved with the production of the album than she had been on her previous releases. Two singles were released from the album and “Plaything” made it into the top 10, and the title track peaked at number 78.  R U Tuff Enuff had reportedly sold 300,000 copies in just one month.

Following a 10-year break from music, Jackson signed with her brother Michael’s record label, MJJ Music, in 1997. Yours Faithfully was released in 1998. The album featured a remixed version of Jackson’s successful “Centipede”which features a rap by son Austin—and two of her other children, Stacee and Yashi, contributed backing vocals for the album. Other tracks from the album included “Fly Away”, which was written and produced by brother Michael, who also served as co-executive producer for Yours Faithfully.

Acclaimed actor James Earl Jones recorded the Public Service Announcements for the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR; click here to view: http://www.putp.org


Pick Up The Phone 2011 US Tour Dates-more dates to be booked soon

02/25 – Washington D.C. Duke Ellington Theater
04/06 – Charlotte, NC
04/07 – Raleigh,NC
04/08 – Atlanta, GA
05/29- Vernon, NJ “Festival for Humanity”-Mountain Creek

About Pick Up The Phone Tour

Partners for the PICK UP THE PHONE TOUR 2010 include:

About the National Hopeline Network 1-800 SUICIDE (784-2433) and the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC):

After losing his wife, Kristin Brooks to suicide in 1998, Reese Butler founded the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC), which created the National Hopeline Network 1-800 SUICIDE. In 2000, Reese gained the support of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN), Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and obtained more than seven million dollars to expand and support the National Hopeline Network which is comprised of 200 community crisis centers in 48 states. 1-800-PPD-MOMS provides a life-saving service that is private and confidential for Moms in need–callers are routed directly to a specially trained crisis center with the ability to conduct risk assessments and depression screening so that peer referrals or behavioral health services and other supports can be offered. KBHC has been a pioneer in providing cutting edge services of help and hope to populations largely ignored by the mainstream press and mental health services, such as new moms with Post-Partum Depression before Andrea Yates, Brooke Shields and Marie Osmonds highly publicized psychosis made headlines. Since 1998, 1-800-SUICIDE and 1-800-PPD-MOMS have received more than 5 million calls and rescued more than 10,000 individuals who had already initiated suicide plans. www.hopeline.com

About PostSecret.com:

Called “the most trusted stranger in America,” Frank Warren is the sole founder and curator of the PostSecret Project: A collection of nearly 500,000 highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the soulful secrets we never voice. The PostSecret.com site now receives more than 1,000,000 visitors every week. In 2005, the All-American Rejects approached Warren about using images of actual PostSecret images in their “Dirty Little Secret” music video. They offered Warren $1,000, but Warren instead asked them to donate $2,000 to 1-800-SUICIDE where Warren is a volunteer. The donation was made and the music video became one of the most requested on MTV. The National Mental Health Association presented Warren with an award for his work in raising public awareness of Suicide. The PostSecret project has now raised over $500,000 for 1-800-SUICIDE. PostSecret was awarded the December 2008 “Myspace Impact Award” and donated 100% of the proceeds to 1-800 SUICIDE. www.postsecret.com

For more information about the PUTP tour, visit:





For more information and/or to arrange interviews, contact:


Stacy Brown
216 Wyoming Avenue, 103
Scranton, PA 18503
(818) 795-2463
(570) 341-1599



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