Meet the artists and advocates who are helping support the work of Dream A World Education and believe that the arts transform children’s lives.

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Leland Sklar

“Music has been my life since I was 4 years old. I started as a pianist after falling in love with the Liberace Show and the piano. At 12 I changed to bass and have never looked back. I have been a touring and studio musician for almost 50 years now and still as busy as ever. I encourage all to find their passion and GO FOR IT.”

 

Dave Koz
Dave Koz

” In the almost 40 years i’ve played the saxophone now, i’ve been so humbled by the healing power of music and it’s ability to bring people together. Never before have the arts been as necessary as now, in this fractured world we find ourselves living in. The next generation, armed with instruments in hand, have the power to truly change the trajectory of this planet. We must do all we can to ensure that happens! DK.

 

Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell

I come from a musical family going back several generations. My great great uncle was in the original cast of the first all black B’way musical called Shuffle Along in 1926. Ironically the Revival of Shuffle Along was on B’way the same time as my musical The Color Purple. My mom and dad were both singers and mom was a songwriter who I got my songwriting bug from. She wrote so many songs that from a very young age I thought all moms wrote songs.
I went to elementary school in Canada where we had free music classes which was my first introduction to famous composers. I was a sponge for pop music and was very influenced by Motown writers, Holland Dozier & Holland to The Beatles.
I learned early to write songs which inspired friends & family alike and helped me to realize what my path in life would be. Music is a healer…I’m so grateful for this gift of music.