Roanoke, VA -- Music Lab at Jefferson Center in Roanoke, Va. today announced the release of the There's A World of Song single, available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Shazam, and more. The single was recorded and produced inside Jefferson Center's professional recording studio and arts education hub, Music Lab. All sales proceeds benefit Jefferson Center's efforts to make music education available at the Music Lab to teens in grades 6-12 who want to learn music production, recording, performance, and all the basics of the music business.
Jefferson Center's Executive Director, Cyrus Pace said, "There's A World of Song focused on building an original Darrell Scott song using voices from around our community and throughout the nation. We are honored that it showcases the collaboration and creative processes happening between artists from all over the world and students right here in Jefferson Center's Music Lab."
In 2011, famed singer/songwriter Darrell Scott and Jefferson Center's Artistic Director Dylan Locke recognized there was an incredible lineup of talent performing at Jefferson Center during the 2011/2012 season. Together, Scott and Locke asked artists from Del McCoury to the Blind Boys of Alabama, if they would take a few minutes out of their schedule to record a track of the single. The result, along Music Lab students and voices from around the community, is There's A World of Song.
"Jefferson Center and its Music Lab are one of the most impressive music education programs available in the U.S. today," said Darrell Scott. "It was important to find a way to help Music Lab grow in both education and students and I am pleased by the extraordinary group of musicians who said 'yes' when Dylan and I asked for their time and voices."
"We are grateful for the support of artists who have performed at The Jefferson Center in recent years who came together to produce this single. There's A World of Song demonstrates how a simple idea becomes a reality," said Dylan Locke, Artistic Director for The Jefferson Center.
Darrell Scott and The Roanoke Valley Children's Choir premiered the song live at Jefferson Center in the spring of 2012. Following the live premiere, a music video was produced and included in Scott's next Jefferson Center to a crowd of hundreds in the fall of 2013. That night, Jefferson Center audience members celebrated the commitment to arts education shown by Scott, the Roanoke community, and guest artists including Del McCoury, Tim O'Brien, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Kathy Mattea, Rene Marie, GRAMMY-nominated Snarky Puppy's Michael League, and many more.
Locke concluded, "Now, with the worldwide release of There's A World of Song, the gifted Darrell Scott and his lyrics, and the fantastic group of artists who came together to make it happen, we know there is a world of opportunity for Music Lab at Jefferson Center and our place in making Roanoke-and Southwest Virginia-known as a center of innovation, talent, and great music."
There's A World of Song participating artists include Darrell Scott (creator), Tim O'Brien, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Marc Cary, Keith Thomas, Rene Marie, Blind Boys of Alabama, Kathy Mattea, Kim Davidson and the Roanoke Valley Children's Choir, Janiah Allen, Michael League, Otu Kojo, Bukuru Celestin, Ephrazie Niyonzima, Elvanie Niyibigira, Furaha Ndayishimiye, Judi Jackson, Jeremy Wilder & Spirit of Life Choir, Chris Howard-Woods, Abby Cohen, and Motion Adrenaline.
Jefferson Center is a nonprofit organization that enriches and educates diverse Western Virginia communities by producing high quality performing arts programs, by providing long and short term rental space for community partners and individuals, and by providing educational outreach. Jefferson Center is focused on maximizing the use of its historic facility as a home for its educational programs, a family of nonprofit and locally owned business tenants, and an exceptional performance venue for this community. Visit www.jeffcenter.org for more information.