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first draft

First Draft

And we’re off! 5:27 pm on Friday April 1, 2016. The first draft of my book has been sent for edit number one. God help me.

Much gratitude to my Kula for gathering yesterday to hear excerpts, take fun photos, and celebrate this first step! They are beautiful, aren’t they?

first draft


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Celebrating Bob Marley!





In partnership with 1World Chorus, children from various countries cover Bob Marley classics to celebrate the reggae legend’s continuing legacy.  A portion of proceeds benefit educational programs. Digital release is due on April 28th.


review and giveaway


Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for the free download of ‘Celebrating Bob Marley’ in exchange for this review.

What an awesome way to share the classic Bob Marley with my daughter! The voices of the children, both in solos and ensembles, are adorable. What could be better than a collection of feel good songs sung by happy children? This will certainly be great for dancing, listening, relaxing, and laughing with my daughter.

Beyond the amazing happiness of the music is the support for school music programs. 1World Chorus – a collaboration of children 7 to 18 years of age, from Kenya, Colombia, the United States and Jamaica, produced this collection and is donating a portion of the proceeds to the participating schools. No value can be placed on the influence this project has had on those children. You can be a part of that experience by purchasing the digital album starting April 28th on iTunes, Amazon, and Tuff Gong Worldwide.

A legend lives on !


Enter the giveaway at the bottom for a free download of one song, Jamming.

There will be three winners!

Los Angeles, CA (April 8, 2015) – As a part of the year-long Bob Marley 70th birthday celebration in 2015, Ziggy Marley’s Tuff Gong Worldwide has partnered with 1World Chorus to reimagine some of the Marley’s most timeless songs. Celebrating Bob Marley will be available on April 28, digitally via iTunes, Amazon and Tuff Gong Worldwide.

This ten-track collection was performed entirely by Aaron Nigel Smith’s 1World Chorus – a collaboration of children 7 to 18 years of age, from Kenya, Colombia, the United States and Jamaica. Judah Marley10 year old granddaughter of the late reggae icon, also makes a guest vocal appearance on “Bend Down Low.” Under Smith’s direction, these budding musicians performed everything from the first drumbeat to the last vocal take, tracking the album over 18 months in studios around the world. During the production process, the children strengthened their own musicianship and learned basic recording techniques.

Bob Marley loved sharing music with children: teaching his own kids, guiding them to form Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers, and penning their first song “Children Playing in the Streets.” Marley’s affinity for children also shines through in the timeless “Is This Love” video from 1978 (filmed in London and featuring supermodel Naomi Campbell as a 7 year old). Celebrate Bob Marley reinforces how deeply Marley’s musical imprint and message of “One Love” continues to reach, resonating with kids of all ages.

In addition to providing free music workshops to schools participating in this special project, a portion of sales will benefit these music programs. Further, 1World Chorus has partnered with some of the nation’s leading companies to provide ongoing support to the project. Remo Drums, Martin Guitars and Guitar Center have all donated musical instructions to the schools, with Keen Footwear donating socks and shoes to the students. Celebrating Bob Marley  will be available for sale at all Aaron Nigel Smith concerts this spring and summer, including the Rox in Sox  festival in Las Vegas on April 11th.


Tuff Gong was founded in 1965 by Bob Marley with the vision of producing, distributing and promoting his music free from the constraints of corporate label politics. Decades before artist-owned record labels were commonplace, the legendary Bob Marley’s vision was characteristically well ahead of its time. Now, nearly a half-century later, his dream is being realized. With Tuff Gong Worldwide, Ziggy Marley continues a dream of this father to own and manage not only his music, but nearly every other aspect of his career as well. From record label operations to book publishing, Ziggy records and self-releases all of his solo studio albums, including his 7th and most recent GRAMMY-winning release, Fly Rasta (2014). Ziggy also won a Best Musical Album for Children GRAMMY Award in 2010 for Family Time.  Head to www.tuffgongworldwide.com and ziggymarley.com for more information.


1World Chorus strives to demonstrate and promote unity through the performing arts, with an emphasis on the transformative communal experience of choral singing, drumming, and ‘rock band’ performance.  Under the direction of award-winning children’s music educator, performer and producer and PBS TV personality Aaron Nigel Smith, it has become a global collective of children who share a passion for playing and performing music together.  Since its inception in 2006, 1World Chorus has collaborated with hundreds of children in 3 countries and 2 continents with a focus on lifelong community connections, educational opportunities, and authentic self-expression. Visit http://www.oneworldchorus.org/ and http://www.aaronnigelsmith.com/ for more information.

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