“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 the author

Christine Ngeo Katzman

Christine Ngeo Katzman has played the flute since the age of 8. She marched in the Northwestern University Marching Band, including the 1996 Rose Bowl and 1997 Citrus Bowl. She graduated cum laude from Northwestern with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1997. Since then, she has worked in the publishing industry as a writer and editor and helped launch Play Music, a magazine for recreational musicians, sponsored by American Music Group (now Music and Arts Center). In the summer of 2006, Christine worked at Yamaha where she interacted with staff and students in various marching bands and drum corps. Christine earned her MBA with honors from the University of Southern California in May 2007.

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