High School Musicians Join With Internationally Acclaimed Artists and Use Internet To Create Global Grooves

    Award winning musician James Bryan and World Vision return with a special
    concert to inspire and connect children through music.

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - "Sing Across the World" is a global music project
launched by award winning songwriter, producer, & guitarist James Bryan, in
partnership with World Vision. Now in its second year, the initiative connects
Ontario high school music students with youth from World Vision projects
around the world, and inspires them to create music together.
    This year, Bryan chose "Fanfare" - a student choir from North Peel's
Mayfield Secondary School - to partner with "4 in 1" - an acapella group
hailing from the Dominican Republic. Together via Skype and the internet, they
co-wrote the powerful and uplifting anthem: "Sing it Like You Mean It ". The
experience transcended language barriers and had a lasting impact on both the
students and the group overseas. The recording, produced by Bryan, will be
available for $2.00 at the premiere concert at Mayfield Secondary School, or
for download from the World Vision website following the show.
    "Through the power of the internet, and with my assistance as a
songwriter/producer, the two groups met online, and contributed to create a
song together over several sessions", James Bryan explains.
    The direct goal of the concert is to change the lives of children and
communities in the Dominican Republic by raising both awareness and funds for
World Vision's work in the nation.
    "Sing across the World is the result of a life-long goal of mine: to
bring young people together through music to affect positive change in the
world", says Bryan.
    Bryan has achieved international success as a member of multi-platinum
bands such as: The Philosopher Kings, Prozzak and most recently as a guitarist
for Nelly Furtado. His involvement with World Vision began in 1999 with a trip
to Kenya, which encouraged him to sponsor a child. Inspired by World Vision's
dedication to improving the quality of life for impoverished people, James got
involved with their Artist Program. This in turn, made the opportunity for
child sponsorship available at all of his live shows. "Sing across the World"
represents a new chapter in his work with World Vision.
    "4 in 1" consists of 4 highly committed student leaders from the
Dominican Republic who work with World Vision to educate other youth in their
community about HIV and AIDS. The "Sing Across the World" project helped raise
over $4000 and garnered donations of close to $5000 worth of music recording
equipment for World Vision's music program in the Dominican Republic.
    James Bryan, "4 in 1", and the mass choir led by Jennifer Lavery, will be
joined by recognized world musicians Krystaal (from the Democratic Republic of
the Congo), Michael Kaeshammer and Heather Bambrick, for a night of amazing
individual performances capped off by the premiere of the inspirational anthem
live at a concert at Mayfield Secondary School on June 5, 2009.
    Join us this year to make a difference and enjoy an evening of incredible

                           "Sing across the World"
                          7pm, Friday, June 5, 2009
                          Mayfield Secondary School
                    5000 Mayfield Rd, Caledon, On L7C 0Z5
                     $10 for Adults, $5 senior/students
                by calling 905-846-6060 or www.mayfieldss.org

                   To view the first annual SATW project:

    World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization
    dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
    poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of
    religion, race, ethnicity or gender. For more information, please visit

    Mayfield Secondary School was established in 1969. Our goal back then was
    to provide the best quality education to students, and our goal hasn't
    changed. We provide students with an excellent staff of incredibly
    influential teachers whose goal it is to inspire, intrigue and educate a
    young mind. As the first ever school to provide the widely successful
    Regional Arts Program, Mayfield also has a very impressive history in the
    arts, where students are encouraged to bring out their creative sides.
    What makes us truly great is that we are constantly evolving.

    Krystaal - The group's founders, brothers Michel, Fabian and Aliston
    Lwamba, came to Canada from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo)
    having experienced many trials and hardships under a corrupt
    dictatorship. In 1989, after the Lubumbashi student massacre in Zaire,
    the Lwambas were separated from each other, living in refugee camps for
    over five years, leaving many of their relatives for dead. They survived
    violence, disease, depression and hunger before Michel and Aliston were
    sponsored and given the opportunity to migrate to Canada, assuming that
    their brother Fabian had been killed. Fabian was later miraculously
    reunited with his brothers and other family members in Saskatoon
    Saskatchewan in 1997. A book entitled "Keep On Standing - The Story of
    Krystaal" chronicles their amazing journey. www.krystaal.com

    Michael Kaeshammer - After studying classical piano for seven years in
    his German homeland, a 13-year-old Kaeshammer (pronounced "case-hammer")
    discovered boogie-woogie and jazz piano as played by Albert Ammons, Meade
    Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, Pinetop Smith, and Fats Waller. Within three
    years, the teen wunderkind was playing blues and boogie-woogie piano in
    clubs, concerts, and festivals all over Germany. He attracted attention
    almost immediately after the family moved to the west coast of Canada,
    turning heads at performances at blues and jazz festivals across the

    Kaeshammer's latest CD "Lovelight" is a major leap forward for the
    singer, pianist, and songwriter. His evolution as a songwriter who is
    adding to the repertoire of the styles he loves helps account for the
    esteem in which he is held by the Canadian music industry. He has
    received Juno nominations for three of his albums, won a Juno award for
    producing, and in 2002 (back when he was still living in B.C.), he won
    West Coast Music Awards in the Musician of the Year and Performer of the
    Year categories.

    Kaeshammer is also noted for his polished, but warm live shows. Spiking
    his onstage patter with a droll, but quick-witted humour, he is a
    consummate entertainer.
    For interviews with Michael, all media are requested to contact:

For further information:

For further information: For Media Inquiries please contact: Jessica
Parker, World Vision, E: Jessica_Parker@worldvision.ca, T: (905) 565-6200 ext.

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