Soka Gakkai International-USA’s Culture of Peace Resource Center in Santa Monica hosts the Winter 2007 Music Jam for Peace Concert, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, December 8th.

The concert will feature some of Los Angeles’s up-and-coming young artists, including singer MoZella, soul singer/songwriter Nikko Gray and acoustic folk rocker Shane Alexander, organizers say.

“The mission of this concert series is to use the universal language of music to excite and educate young people about the values, attitudes and behaviors of a culture of peace and to inspire positive action in their daily lives,” says series organizer Ian McIlraith. “MoZella, Shane Alexander and Nikko Gray are sure to inspire both youths and adults alike to awaken to the fact that each one of them can make a difference in making our world a better place.”

Detroit-bred artist MoZella brought her blend of pop and soul to Maverick/Warner Bros. Records where she was signed, and has since been touring with various artists, including the Dave Matthews Band.

Shane Alexander has a sound firmly based in rock roots, folk imagery and intimate vocals. He recently opened 12 U.S. concert dates for Seal.

As a teenager, U.K.-born singer Nikko Gray opened shows for rapper KRS-One. Her blend of soul and funk has since been featured on television and film.

Nikko is currently finishing her debut album, Sunlight.

There will also be a short opening act by Greg Johnson, a singer-guitarist from New Zealand, says Danny Hall, director of the Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center, and coordinator of the concert.

The musicians that are chosen have usually sung songs that have already been rooted in messages of peace, although new works can also be created that are interpreted by the artist as connected to the performance, Hall says.

Through their performances, the featured artists will communicate important ideals and concepts based on one or more of the eight action areas defined by the 1999 United Nations Declaration and Program of Action on a Culture of Peace, organizers say.

The organization also hopes to include video interviews with the artists, along with footage from the performances, to further promote the message of peace, Hall says.

The Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center is at 606 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica. Free parking is provided one block from the Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center, at 1212 Seventh St.

Information about the concert series can be found at www.sgi-usa.org/.

Soka Gakkai International-USA follows the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism and applies those principles to promote human happiness and peace, culture and education. With headquarters in Santa Monica, it has approximately 300,000 members in the United States, according to the organization.

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