“I Wanna Play” CD

“I’ve got a melody deep down inside of me.
Gotta let it loose; oooh, I wanna set it free.
I just need a chance and a little helping hand.
I’ll give you something good.
I know I can (I know I can).

I wanna play some music.
Yeah, I wanna play along.
Oh, I wanna play some music.
Yeah, I wanna play a song.”

So begins the title song in the newly released music compilation CD, “I Wanna Play: An Album to Put Musical Instruments Into the Hands of Every Child in America.”

Created by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee— currently a political talk show host and part-time bass guitar player—as well as platinum artist Aaron Tippin and music producer James Stroud, the album benefits the NAMM Foundation’s Wanna Play Fund, which provides instruments to children who might not otherwise be able to afford one.

The 10-track album includes performances by Tippin, George Jones, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Ray Price, Darryl Worley, Louise Mandrell and Tracy Lawrence.

“This album was truly an experience-of-a-lifetime; we have such talent associated—including major music legends—it’s a dream come true for me to be part of this and will help to make dreams come true for young hopefuls,” said Huckabee in a press release. “’I Wanna Play! is a passion project for me. To be joined by Aaron, James and award-winning artists standing in support, is a victory for music education.”

Released in October 2010, the CD is available via all major retail and digital outlets including iTunes and amazon.com.

About author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman is founder and chief executive officer of Muse Media, LLC, creator of books, magazines, and additional content highlighting performing arts and youth activities. Magazine assets include Halftime Magazine for marching arts participants and fans as well as Yamaha SupportED Magazine for K through 12 music educators. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Crain Communications and Imagination Publishing and a marketing manager at Chatsworth Products, Inc. Christine also worked for Yamaha Band and Orchestral Division. As a child, Christine learned five instruments, with flute being primary. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. Christine graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997 and earned an MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in 2007.