New York, NY (March 31, 2004)–Little Kids Rock, a non-profit music education program that provides free instruments and instruction to children in public schools, announced today the completion of another celebrity recording session for its upcoming celebrity project, “Little Kids, Big Fans: Stars United For Music Education.” Two tracks, “Little Dinosaur” and “Everyone Loves the Rainbow,” were recorded during the March 8 recording session at Manhattan Center Studios.
The new CD features high-profile artists covering versions of songs written by students of Little Kids Rock, including new tracks with Liberty DeVitto, percussionist for Billy Joel, Public Enemy’s Brian Hardgroove and Victor Burks of the Fine Arts Militia.
“It is so fulfilling to work and record with these creative and dedicated children,” stated Devitto. “It’s really great to see their eyes light up as their ideas and songs come to fruition. I certainly think we have some future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.”
“For almost 100 years, the Manhattan Center has sustained a commitment to provide New Yorkers with access to the very best in music performance,” said Peter Ross, Manhattan Center Productions president. “The youngest in our community are deserving of every opportunity to experience and create the joy of music. We are delighted to be part of the Little Kids Rock team.”
“This session was an important step for the project. As more and more music luminaries get involved, the project garners greater interest from other musicians, record executives and other potential partners, raising awareness for our cause,” said David Wish, Little Kids Rock executive director and founder.
Last November, Tom Johnson (Doobie Brothers), Jason Newsted, (Metallica, Voivod), blues guitarist Roy Rogers, Zigaboo Modaliste (Meters) and singer Austin Willacy kicked-off the project’s first recording session. Future stages of the production will include several more recording sessions, post-production/mixing/mastering, art production, CD duplication, distribution, marketing and several benefit concert events. In the coming months, both Manhattan Center Studios in New York and The Plant in Sausalito, CA will be donating their time and services to Little Kids Rock. The CD is slated for release in December 2004.
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