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