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James Brown Academy Students Release First CD in Tribute to the Godfather of Soul

J.A.M.P. Masters release their debut album "JAMP-ism A New Breed" - a tribute to the Godfather of Soul. This funky debut album features eleven soul classics by the students of the James Brown Academy of Musk Pupils in Augusta, Georgia.

PRLog - Feb. 20, 2013 - MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- “JAMP-ism The New Breed” is a revelation in music performed by children for children with the intention of paying it forward in the world of music education.  The objective is to keep the music playing during a time when many music and arts programs are being cut from the school curriculum. All the proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to The J.B. Academy of Musik Pupils a.k.a. J.A.M.P. in Augusta, GA to continue its programing with the hope of launching J.A.M.P programs in other cities as well, including New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles and the objective of giving as many students as possible an open door to the best in music education. J.A.M.P. is the innovation of Deanna Brown Thomas, (daughter of the late “Godfather of Soul” JAMES BROWN) and President of The Brown Family Children Foundation, (BFCF).

Students of J.A.M.P are school age: Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. This year-round academy is based on the disciplines of the late James Brown. To instill Mr. Brown’s work ethics, pupils are honed to be disciplined, confidently motivated and successful performers, citizens, and entertainment ambassadors to the world.   J.A.M.P.’s first concert was held at the Augusta Museum of History which houses the largest James Brown exhibit in the world. J.A.M.P. offers flexibility of mixed instrumentalists and singers featuring a variety of musical styles including classical, gospel, R&B, country, folk, contemporary and last, but not least SOUL! As part of music history, students study various formations: Classical, Baroque, Romantic, 20th Century music and select composers. Our student ensemble, referred to as “JAMP MASTERS”, have the opportunity to experience various field trips throughout each term to ensure exposure through the concepts of stage presence, music theory and community involvement.

For the J.A.M.P. Masters, tastefully clad in their tuxedos, it is all about the JAM.   Their musical instrument performances are punctuated by their soulful voices belting out “I Feel Good” because these students do! Music making has instilled a sense of self-confidence as well as achievements academically, socially and emotionally.  These band members are “tuned in” to the notion that self-discipline and hard work can lead to extraordinary results!


"JAMP means the chance to give young people a truly unique and soulful musical experience."          Keith Jenkins- Maestro

"You can't explain JAMP. You just have to see it for yourself.  It is an experience that you will never forget."     Rev. Al Sharpton

"JAMP gives its students not only an amazing education, but also teaches them that with hard work, determination and a positive attitude anything is achievable."          Andrea Hester- JAMP Parent

“Experimenting music and talent- interpreting soul and exploring youthfulness equals JAMP.”          Neema Colon-Grade 10

“When I go to JAMP I feel good because I learn how to play instruments and perform in front of people.”  Ian Hester-Grade 1

“JAMP makes me work harder in my school work and play better music.”          Lorenzo Robinson- Grade 9

“I can come to JAMP and play an instrument to express myself.”          Nigel Henderson- Grade 6

“JAMP helps me and my friends become talented youths to experience talented outcomes.”          Johnathan Mosley- Grade 12

“JAMP teaches me music theory to help me read music correctly.”          Charleston Lee- Grade 3

“JAMP is freedom of my youth expressed through the powerful music of James Brown.”          Samantha Johnson- Grade 9

“I love JAMP because the environment of the staff makes you bring out the true musical talent hidden inside of you.”          Kevin Reed- Grade 12

JAMP-ism The New Breed is available on iTunes.

To learn more about the James Brown Family Foundation and J.A.M.P. visit www.jamesbrownfamilyfdn.org.

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