When the Music Stops is the flagship program in the Hope Assembly Initiative lineup.

When the Music Stops is a high energy program that encourages students to actively pursue dreams that will positively impact the world around them. When the Music Stops is a perfect program for the topics of bullying, suicide, and drug use!

The message of WMS is divided into 3 sections – each addressing an issue that has the potential to block a student in the pursuit of their dreams. These issues include: 1) Death by Selfie (Apathy); 2) Death by Seclusion (Fear & Loneliness); and 3) Death by Silence (Inner Brokenness – pain that cripples in the pursuit of a dream). Death by Silence is highlighted in WMS and is discussed through the real stories of When the Music Stops cast members. Students will be challenged and encouraged as they hear the stories of others who have gone before them – individuals who have shared similar experiences and feelings and are now coming back to relay a message of hope. Through candid videos and passionate speaking, students will learn that they are not alone in their pain, there is hope for them, and their personal victories can give hope to others.

Program Topics: bullying, suicide, eating disorders, low self image, family trauma, sexual violence, depression, and drug use.


When the Music Stops is delivered through 3 distinct communication mediums. Here is the program break-down.

Live Music



When the Music Stops is privileged to offer a diverse cast of youth professionals and recording artists. Here are a few of our Ohio touring team. Cast and artistic talent may vary by program date & location.

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Brandon Kightlinger

Creator / Speaker

Brandon is a youth professional and the creator of the Hope Assembly Initiative.

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Gino Haynes

Musical Artist

Gino is a professional recording artist based out of Akron, Ohio.

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Isaac Middleton


Isaac is a speaker with over 10 years of professional youth worker experience.

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Nate Slaughter

Musical Artist

Nate (aka. Nate Deezy) is a professional recording artist based out of NE Ohio.

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Bre Buxton


Bre is children’s professional and current student at the University of Akron.

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Bryson Davis


Bryson is a justice professional and master of Public Health from Kent State University.

Shelby Slaughter Profile Image

Shelby Slaughter


Shelby works within the finance sector and is a wife to Nate and a mother to Leland.

Joey Schweitzer Profile Image

Joey Schweitzer


Joey is a professional dubstep/electronic DJ and university student.



WHEN THE MUSIC STOPS is a dynamic presentation that poignantly addresses the reality of students’ lives. Click to view the program recap.



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