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Stories Love Music began in 2012, right after Hurricane Sandy, we had an experience with senior citizens, who were displaced and living in shelters, that changed us as both humans and musicians and led us down the path to create STORIES LOVE MUSIC.

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Co-Founder & Music Director of Stories Love Music Composer

  • Sound designer
  • Producer
  • Contractor/Painter
  • Community activist

To learn more about James Harrell visit:

Founder/Executive Director
Program Director of Stories Love Music


  • Award winning film producer (2011 HBO Best Documentary for Separate, But Equal)
  • Award winning audiobook narrator (Audie Award)
    Creative Engagement Coach
  • Adjunct Faculty of voice and public speaking at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

Certification and Education

  • 2013-2018 Conducted field work study of Stories Love Music at Cobble Hill Health Center’s Alzheimer’s unit and 80th Street Memory Residence.
  • 2017 Attended Transforming the Landscape of Caregiving Conference given by Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving and MAC Center.
  • 2015 -Received certification for Dementia Care Professional Care Giving Program at Alzheimer’s Association New York.
  • 2015- Attended The Institute for Music and Nuerologic Function’s 20th Anniversary Forum.
  • 2014- Attended a “Narratives in Medicine” Conference at Columbia University.

Keynote speeches

  • 2019: Delivered Keynote at IHAS (In-Home-Aides) Conference in Ocean City, Md.
  • 2019: Delivered Keynote at Dementia Caregiver Conference in Easton, Maryland. 
  • 2021: Webinar Presentation for Maryland Department of Aging Caregiver Commision.
  • 2021: Webinar Presentation for DHS and John’s Hopkins’s Call to Care Program.
  • 2021: Ilyana Kadushin (Executive Director of Stories Love Music) presented at the
    Virtual Caregiver Conference sponsored by Baltimore County Dept. Of Aging.


  • Ilyana received this SHE-ro award for her work as Executive Director of Stories Love Music. 

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