Santa Monica residents, cellist Lynn Harrell and his wife, violinist Helen Nightengale, have produced a fundraising CD featuring some well-known musicians to support children’s organizations.
The album, “We’ll Paint You a Rainbow,” features musicians such as Paul Simon, Joan Baez, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Jessye Norman, Christine Brewer, John Williams, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Harrell. Also featured is Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels of Santa Monica’s Temple Beth Shir Shalom, who wrote two of the songs and recorded one.
The CD was released exclusively by iTunes on March 25 and was released worldwide April 8.
Harrell and Nightengale are artist ambassadors for Save the Children’s HEART campaign and co-founders of the nonprofit HEARTbeats Foundation, which works to help children in need harness the power of music to better cope with, and recover from the extreme challenges of poverty and conflict in hope of creating a more peaceful, sustainable world.
The net proceeds from “We’ll Paint You a Rainbow” will benefit both Save the Children’s HEART campaign and HEARTbeats Foundation.
“All of these great artists donated their time and talent, in order to help transform the lives of at-risk children through music,” said Nightengale. “And we are so grateful to them and their ability to inspire all of us to make change.”
The Save the Children’s HEART program works to bring the power of artistic expression through drawing, painting, music, drama, dance and more to vulnerable children.
“So many of the children we work with cannot go outside their own physical or emotional borders,” says Nightengale. “We hope to give them access to that freedom through music therapy programs.”
Produced by the HEARTbeats Foundation and Nightengale Records, “We’ll Paint You a Rainbow’s” 13 tracks offer songs about children and peace. INgrooves Fontana is distributing the digital album, at a variety of online vendors including iTunes and for $9.99 with separate tracks at 99 cents each.
The CD is accompanied by a 20-page full color informational booklet that includes photos and lyrics.