Raven Quinn, a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, recently released her third album The Acoustic EP. While you may be surprised to find music news on our blog, this album holds special significance for Raven and for us. It was the first album she released since her breast cancer diagnosis in June of 2015, and she is graciously donating one-half of all proceeds to breast cancer research through the Cancer Research Collaboration, a non-profit working with Breastlink Medical Group.
The album is available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon.com, and everywhere digital music is sold. Signed and personalized physical copies of the album are available in Raven’s store at www.ravenquinn.com. CDs can also be purchased at the Pink Ribbons and Blessings shop at Breastlink Orange.
Raven’s Journey with Breast Cancer
Raven quickly accumulated fans following the release of her debut album in 2010, which rose to the number one spot on Amazon’s “Movers and Shakers” chart within 12 hours of release, in addition to holding various top 20 positions in their rock and pop charts. In the following years, Raven’s accomplishments grew and she released her second album Not in Vain in 2014. Then, in June 2015, she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 31.
There was no family history of breast cancer and she was young, so Raven didn’t think much of it when she accidentally discovered a lump in her chest. However, she received multiple mammograms and an ultrasound before a biopsy resulted in a diagnosis HER2- and ER/PR-positive breast cancer.
Shortly after her diagnosis, Raven underwent lumpectomy to remove cancerous tissue in her breast. Raven is currently undergoing chemotherapy following her surgery, with radiation therapy on the horizon. While a cancer diagnosis can be crushing, Raven remained positive and continued recording new music. “I’ve been really cognizant of keeping a positive attitude,” she told The Spectrum. “It’s kind of a rebellious thing. I don’t want to give this cancer any more happiness than it’s already taken from me.”
Raven’s newest album, The Acoustic EP, is a collection of acoustic versions of earlier work. It was released less than three months after she began chemotherapy. On her website, Raven writes, “I plan to donate 50 percent of all sales of The Acoustic EP to breast cancer research through Breastlink. Breastlink is the incredible medical facility I go to for my cancer treatment. They have taken such amazing care of me and countless other patients, and they donate all sorts of services free of charge to the breast cancer community, so this is my way of giving back.”
Like so many patients, Raven is an inspiration and this generous gesture will help to support researchers in their quest to uncover innovative treatments, therapies and interventions that can help breast cancer patients. We extend our appreciation to Raven and encourage all of you to learn more about her music.