An Interview with Stuart Hoffman

A hidden gem of a composer, songwriter, and musician

Mitch Ditkoff
7 min readMay 30


“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” — Kahlil Gibran

What follows is the second in a series of interviews of relatively unknown artists, musicians, and writers whose work inspires me — people who deserve to be way better known than they currently are.

Today’s interview is with Stuart Hoffman, someone whose music I’ve been listening to, with great delight, for 30 years.

It has always baffled me why Stuart isn’t a household name. Then again, Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting in his entire life — and to his own brother, at that.

Great to catch up with you, Stuart. What have you been up to these days?

In September, I released my Essential Collection which includes my most beloved songs from the past two decades. The opening track, “Silent Heroes” was a first-time release that I am very excited about — an anthem I produced to support the inspired environmental work of the WAFA.

I wrote the music. My partner, Jennifer Edwards, wrote the lyrics. Vocals by Stephen Rivera.

What is WAFA?

WAFA stands for Water Air Food Awards. It is a highly regarded Danish NGO that identifies, awards and promotes remarkable initiatives for water, air, and food security. Simply put, WAFA celebrates our planet’s “silent heroes” — ordinary people doing extraordinary things in service to their fellow man and the environment.

What brought you and WAFA together?

The CEO of WAFA heard our music through a mutual friend and then asked us to write a theme song for them — an anthem that would communicate the spirit of the service they are providing. It was a real honor to…



Mitch Ditkoff

Co-Founder of Idea Champions, Face The Music & Sage Catalysts. Author of Storytelling for the Revolution, Storytelling at Work, Unspoken Word and Free the Genie