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There's a World of Song

Darrell Scott's There's a World of Song Benefits Arts Education at Jefferson Center

We are proud to announce the release of the There’s A World of Song single available now on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, Shazam, and more.

The single was recorded and produced inside Jefferson Center’s professional recording studio and arts education hub, Music Lab.   All sales proceeds benefit our efforts to make music education available at the Music Lab to teens in grades 6-12 who want to learn music production, recording, performance, and all the basics of the music business. 

Executive Director, Cyrus Pace said, “There’s World of Song focused on building an original Darrell Scott song using voices from around our community and throughout the nation. We are honored that it showcases the collaboration and creative processes happening between artists from all over the world and students right here in Jefferson Center's Music Lab.”

The Road to Release

In 2011, famed singer/songwriter Darrell Scott and Jefferson Center's Artistic Director Dylan Locke recognized there was an incredible lineup of talent performing at Jefferson Center during the 2011/2012 season.  Together, Scott and Locke asked artists from Kathy Mattea to the Blind Boys of Alabama, if they would take a few minutes out of their schedule to record a track of the single.   The result, along with Music Lab students and voices from around the community, is There’s A World of Song. 

“Jefferson Center and its Music Lab are one of the most impressive music education programs available in the U.S. today,” said Darrell Scott.  “It was important to find a way to help Music Lab grow in both education and students and I am pleased by the extraordinary group of musicians who said ‘yes’ when Dylan and I asked for their time and voices.”

“We are grateful for the support of artists who have performed at The Jefferson Center in recent years who came together to produce this single.  There's a World of Song demonstrates how a simple idea becomes a reality,” said Dylan Locke, Artistic Director for The Jefferson Center. 

Premiere Night

Darrell Scott and The Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir premiered the song live at Jefferson Center in the spring of 2012.  Following the live premiere, a music video was produced and included in Scott’s next Jefferson Center to a crowd of hundreds in the fall of 2013.  That night, Jefferson Center audience members celebrated the commitment to arts education shown by Scott, the Roanoke community, and guest artists including Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Rene Marie, and GRAMMY-nominated Snarky Puppy’s Michael League.

Locke concluded, “Now, with the worldwide release of There’s A World of Song, the gifted Darrell Scott and his lyrics, and the fantastic group of artists who came together to make it happen, we know there is a world of opportunity for Music Lab at Jefferson Center and our place in making Roanoke—and Southwest Virginia—known as a center of innovation, talent, and great music.”

There’s a World of Song Participating Artists

Darrell Scott (creator), Tim O’Brien, Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, John Cowan, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram, Marc Cary, Keith Thomas, Rene Marie, Blind Boys of Alabama, Kathy Mattea, Kim Davidson and the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir, Janiah Allen, Michael League, Otu Kojo, Bukuru Celestin, Ephrazie Niyonzima, Elvanie Niyibigira, Furaha Ndayishimiye, Judi Jackson, Jeremy Wilder & Spirit of Life Choir, Chris Howard-Woods, Abby Cohen, and Motion Adrenaline

There’s A World Of Song
There’s a song in my heart, there’s a song on the wind
There’s a song in everything that has ever been.
In the laughter of a child, in the crying of the same
 In the roar of a lion, who must never be tamed
The homeless in a trash can, working on a meal
The loaf of bread cooling on the window sill
In the fluttering of bird wings, just before it starts to rain
In the healing of a patient, doctors still can’t explain
In the honking of a car horn, heartbeat of a new born
The drunkard who is just now coming to
There’s a world of song in this world we’re passing through
In the whisper of a new bride, upon her wedding night
Two women of the street, yelling, stirring up a fight
Man standing by a window, calling out a name
A remembered soldier in a picture frame
In the giving of your word, in the words you never said
In the school yard, the wrecked car, the voices in your head
In the passing of a loved one, in giving up on someone
The old man bending down to tie his shoe
There’s a World of Song in this world we’re passing through
So let us sing with all our might
From our first morning to our last good night
I sing with you, you sing with me
In perfectly imperfect harmony
In an Appaloosa stallion, lying in the morning shade
In a girl with her weathered hands, reaching to get paid
In a mother locked in prison, reliving her mistake
In a young man in a straw hat leaning on a rake
In the needle in the junkie, cornstalk in the wind
In the melting of the glacier, the shaking of gin
In the salesman and the martyr, the hard day getting harder
The wishing wells that never do come true
There’s a song in my heart, there’s a song on the wind
There’s a song in everything that has ever been