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Luna Lune holds record release show in memory of sister Sophie

Published November 12, 2012 11:02 am

Music • Barton siblings — whose sister died unexpectedly in 2010 — continue on to raise money for music therapy.
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When the five Barton kids were growing up, their mother told them they could look up wherever they went, and they would see the same moon above them in the heavens.

That sentiment inspired the lunar name of Luna Lune, a folk-rock band made up of singer Tessa and her brothers Chas and Luke Barton, of Holladay, with Tony Farley, performing tonight at a CD release show.

Notably absent will be Sophie Barton.

The newly named Luna Lune releases its debut album, "Walk With Me," tonight with an experience that Sophie's siblings hope represents the inspired life she lived.

In the summer of 2010, 17-year-old Sophie was hiking at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Heber Valley Camp when she collapsed. She was taken to Heber Valley Medical Center, where she stopped breathing and died, the result of an undiagnosed heart arrhythmia.

Sophie, according to her siblings, was the most musically gifted of the Barton family. "The root of the reason we play music is Sophie," said Chas, 23. "She is our inspiration. She's leading us through the process."

Added Tessa, 21: "This album is my journey without my sister. It's my connection with her — a spiritual sampling."

Chas, 23, and Luke, 16, joined Tessa in the band and are earmarking all proceeds from the CD and show to Sophie's Place, a special music therapy facility at Salt Lake City's Primary Children's Medical Center. Sophie's Place is being funded by NFL Hall of Famer and former Brigham Young University quarterback Steve Young's Forever Young Foundation. In a statement on the foundation's website, Young said, "We honor Sophie's life and commitment to music through the creation of Sophie's Place, to help share the healing power of music with children in hospitals throughout the country and around the world. [My wife] Barb and I invite people across America to join us in this important new initiative for Forever Young Foundation."

Because the record release show is in memory of Sophie, the band wants its concert to, as Chas called it, "so not be a [typical] local music show." To do that, Tessa added, the musicians plan to take the audience into an ethereal world.

Besides music from Luna Lune's new album, the concert will include aerial artists and a tribal drum circle.

Tessa and Tony are students at the University of Utah, Chas studies at Brigham Young University, while Luke is student at Olympus High School. For now, the band's plans are up in the air, although the Bartons hope to schedule a tour next summer. "We really feel like we're finding ourselves," Chas said.

Chas Barton's feeling coincides with the lunar cycle, which indicates that tonight's sky will be graced with a waning crescent moon, which some skywatchers believe symbolizes the banishment of worries and new beginnings.

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A gift for Sophie

Local folk-rock band Luna Lune holds a show — with ethereal flair — to mark the CD release of "Walk With Me."

When • Friday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Murray Theater, 4969 S. State St., Murray

Tickets • Sold out, but there will be standby line

Benefiting • Sophie's Place

For CD information • iTunes and http://www.facebook.com/iamlunalune