Top Grammy Winning Artists Pay Tribute to Fred Rogers with 'Songs from the Neighborhood'

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Star-studded new CD spotlights RogersÂ? prodigious songwriting talent. Memory Lane Syndication plans exclusive release of Multimedia CollectorÂ?s Edition in September. National retail release is slated for November. Partial proceeds to benefit the Fred Rogers Fund.

Memory Lane Syndication, Inc. is proud to announce the release of ‘Songs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers,’ a starry musical tribute to the amazing song- writing talents of Mister Fred Rogers.The CD will be available October 25th from retailers nationwide, and at http://www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of Songs from the Neighborhood will be donated to the non-profit Fred Rogers Fund, at Family Communications, Inc.

Twelve top artists - who together have earned more than 70 Grammy and Dove Awards – translated their love for Mister Rogers by recording all-new arrangements of Mister Rogers’ songs. The artists include Amy Grant, BJ Thomas, Bobby Caldwell, CeCe Winans, Crystal Gayle, Donna Summer, John Pizzarelli, Jon Secada, Maureen McGovern, Ricky Skaggs, Roberta Flack, and introducing, Toni Rose. Dennis Scott, a Grammy Award recipient, produced the album with styles ranging from pop rock to jazz and bluegrass. The entire ensemble joins together for the last track, “Thank You for Being You,” an original song by Dennis Scott. “The making of” DVD will also be included as a bonus, featuring artists performing their song and candid interviews and stories about their fondest memories of Mister Rogers.

Songs from the Neighborhood offers families a soundtrack for living – these are songs to share in the car, at home, and during those quiet snuggle-up moments that parents, grandparents and children cherish. Adults will enjoy and appreciate the new musical arrangements, and the lyrics will help reinforce a child’s values and character.

Two years after his passing, Fred Rogers remains an American icon. In fact, the third most requested item by visitors at the Smithsonian Institution is Mister Rogers’ red sweater, hand-knitted by his mom. His show is still the longest-running program on PBS television.

Children everywhere continue to smile when they hear Fred sing, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

The national retail release of "Songs from the NEighborhood" will feature a digi-pak edition including a “dual disc” with the CD and DVD back to back on one disc and will be available at retail in November for $14.95. More information is available at http://www.songsfromtheneighborhood.com or by calling 1- 866-877-9408.

About the Artists

The artists on Songs from the Neighborhood remember Mister Rogers fondly and offer up fresh interpretations of his songwriting. These new versions by Grammy Award-winning producer Dennis Scott point to the depth of these beloved songs. All are Fred Rogers originals that were performed on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood." One new composition, "Thank You for Being You," was written by Dennis Scott and features the entire ensemble of guest artists in a heartfelt tribute to the man who means so much to both children and grownups everywhere.

1.    Won’t You Be My Neighbor / Jon Secada

2.    It’s You I Like / Amy Grant

3.    It’s Such a Good Feeling / BJ Thomas

4.    Then Your Heart Is Full of Love / CeCe Winans

5.    What Do You Do ? / John Pizzarelli

6.    This Is Just the Day / Maureen McGovern

7.    Sometimes Isn’t Always / Bobby Caldwell

8.    Did You Know? / Crystal Gayle    

9.    Just for Once / Toni Rose

10.    Let’s Think of Something To Do While We’re Waiting / Ricky Skaggs

11.    Are you Brave? / Donna Summer

12.    Won’t You Be My Neighbor (ballad version) Roberta Flack

13.    Thank You for Being You / Ensemble    

About Memory Lane Syndication

Memory Lane Syndication, Inc. is an operating division of MediaNet Group Technologies, based in Margate, Florida. It also owns the 103 color episodes of Howdy Doody from the ‘70’s. MediaNet Group Technologies, Inc. MediaNet (OTCBB:MEDG) encompasses an integrated group of operating divisions that revolve around the many aspects of media and technology including software, web portal programs, branded rewards programs, television and video production and intellectual properties. BSP, as an operating division of MediaNet, builds private branded loyalty/reward programs for web merchants, retail merchants, organizations and companies. The BSP program is branded for each participating company and organization utilizing BSP’s proprietary Web applications. http://www.medianetgroup.com http://www.memorylanesyndication.com

NOTE TO EDITORS: Featured artists from ‘Songs from the Neighborhood’ are available for interviews upon request. Executive in Charge Joseph Porrello and songwriter/producer Dennis Scott are also available for interviews. Please contact Beth Blenz-Clucas at (503) 293-9498.

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