Charitable Giving: Music
posted by Amy

A local mama (and papa) have put together a great group of musicians to record a holiday song, with all proceeds going to charity.

Here's the link to buy it from iTunes. It'll put you in the holiday spirit AND help some kids who love music. Not bad!

For more about the project, read on:

Joe and Lesa Johnston of Sacramento's Pus Cavern spent October and November assembling 23 musicians with ties to Sacramento, balancing egos and schedules, harmonies and delayed flights to produce "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" in time for a December 10 worldwide release. Marrying their clout as Sacramento's premier recording studio with their desire to support their community, they managed the ambitious project of assembling the Pus Cavern Allstars to record a holiday song. Profits from the distribution will go to the scholarship fund of the Sacramento Children's Chorus.

Engineered by Johnston, produced by Dave Buckner of Papa Roach and mastered by Eric Broyhill of Monster Lab Audio, the recording also includes talent from Tesla: Jeff Keith at vocals, Brian Wheat on bass and Frank Hanon on guitar; the Deftones: Abe Cunningham on drums, FAR: Jonah Matranga at vocals and Shaun Lopez on guitar with vibe; Endeverafter: Michael Grant on guitar and vocals; and Day Care: Sonny Mayugba on guitar. Also lending talent are Brandon Tyler on piano and vocals; The Snobs' Jason Boggs on saxophone; Aroarah, The Secretions, Last Angels (Buckner's current project), Lonely Kings, The Hoods, Larisa Bryski, Phallucy, The Skirts, Rowdy Kate, Evelyn and Joe Getty of The Dead Flowers and Armstrong and Getty on Mandolin.

The song, a cover of John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" will be released December 10 by Nozzle Records with worldwide digital distribution by Ingrooves. In addition, the song will be available on Itunes and live sessions at the Pus Cavern, filmed by Will Darosa, will be viewable on Youtube. The Sacramento Children's Chorus is an audition-based world class training and performing group under the artistic direction of Lynn Stevens. Contributions from this recording will go to the group's scholarship fund.