(PRWEB) August 11, 2005
Memory Lane Syndication, Inc. is proud to announce the release of ÂSongs from the Neighborhood: The Music of Mister Rogers,Â 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 Â translated their love for Mister Rogers by recording all-new arrangements of Mister RogersÂ 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, ÂThank You for Being You,Â an original song by Dennis Scott. ÂThe making ofÂ 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 Â 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 childÂs 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 RogersÂ 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, ÂWonÂt You Be My Neighbor?Â
The national retail release of "Songs from the NEighborhood" will feature a digi-pak edition including a Âdual discÂ 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. WonÂt You Be My Neighbor / Jon Secada
2. ItÂs You I Like / Amy Grant
3. ItÂs 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 IsnÂt Always / Bobby Caldwell
8. Did You Know? / Crystal Gayle
9. Just for Once / Toni Rose
10. LetÂs Think of Something To Do While WeÂre Waiting / Ricky Skaggs
11. Are you Brave? / Donna Summer
12. WonÂt 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 Â70Âs. 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 BSPÂs proprietary Web applications. http://www.medianetgroup.com http://www.memorylanesyndication.com
NOTE TO EDITORS: Featured artists from ÂSongs from the NeighborhoodÂ 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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