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Pine Belt Artists Team Up To Create Children’s Album

PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – Several musicians from the Pine Belt have teamed up with the non-profit organization Nurture Our Future to create an album of children’s music.

Biz Harris is the founder of Nurture Our Future. It’s an organization dedicated to helping children learn, and the organization’s latest project is a music album.

“When you listen to music with your child and dance and sing with them, it builds their vocabulary and is also a predictor of early literacy,” Harris said.

The name of the album is laurel lullaby. There are several types of genres on it, and the coolest part is that all the songs feature local talent.

“We wanted to celebrate the amazing musicians we have in Jones County and Hattiesburg and just the Pine Belt and southern Mississippi in general, because we have a lot of amazing talent,” Harris said.

One such talent is John Milham.

“I have three kids, and one of the songs that (Biz) mentioned was a song called ‘Fishin’ Blues“, which was made famous by Tahj Mahal,” Milham said. “And it was a song I played for all my kids.”

Another artist is Chad Knight, the owner of The Knight Butcher in Laurel, and he said he had a sentimental reason for going with the song he chose to record.

“I did it, ‘I worked on the railroad,’ and I dedicated it to my grandfather, who was a retired railroad engineer, and he died of cancer he n not so long ago,” Knight said.

Ra’Shad The Blues Kid is another contributing artist, and he said the meaning behind the album made him participate.

“I’ve been around teachers and children all my life,” Ra’Shad said. “I myself have four children, four little boys. They actually helped me with the song.

The album is available for download from I-tunes or Amazon Music, and physical CDs are available from three Laurel businesses: Southern Antiques, The Scotsman General Store, and The Lauren Rogers Museum Gift Shop.

“So it’s really kind of a special album and kind of a love letter to Laurel and to southern Mississippi,” Harris said.

Proceeds from the album will go to The Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

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