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Music Lab At Jefferson Center Gaining International Attention


Roanoke, VA - For the past 12 years, the Music Lab at Jefferson Center, in Roanoke, has been building a program that has introduced hundreds of children to the gift of music.

Now, after all those years the Lab is getting international notice that is beginning to really propel some of the young musicians.

For Jayna Brown it was just another home movie but for more than 1,000,000 people her YouTube video is a way for her hungry fans to get more.

"If people who are this huge and this great tell me I'm good... I guess I can do anything," said Brown.

Brown got into the spotlight after she worked with NYC's "Snarky Puppy" on a live album recorded at the Jefferson Center in Roanoke.

Her performance is one of the most popular on the record.

A record that also has a track from national recording artist Lalah Hathaway who, just this week, landed another Grammy nomination for that track.

"I don't know where to start with how I feel right now. I'm excited, I'm anxious. I was just so happy when I heard the outcome," said Brown.

All of it part of the ongoing music connection for kids: the Music Lab at Jefferson Center.

"Stepping onto the stage, stepping up to a microphone and saying what they believe in... that's a powerful tool for anybody. So we are developing young musicians but more importantly we are developing young leaders," said lab director, Dylan Locke.

Gabriel Morales is also featured on the album and is also enjoying success as a musician, at the age of 15.

He's humbled by the normalness of the stars who are also his mentors.

He would have it no other way.

"Being a part of it... you know, is an honor. They show that being a musician is much more than being a great player but it's more about being a great person," said Morales.

The relationships the Music Lab at Jefferson Center has cultivated does not stop there.

The project has also used the likes of Grace Potter, Esperanza Spalding and even the Avett Brothers as mentors for the young musicians enrolled in their programs.



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