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Devon Reed Partners With NPO 826 National; Announces ‘You Be My Heart’ Compilation

“I am really happy to have the opportunity to give a little extra to a place very dear to me, and I was pleasantly surprised by the reactions of several artists who I contacted who seemed to feel the same way.” –Devon Reed – 826 Valencia Volunteer Coordinator

Devon Reed launches the You Be My Heart compilation, an extended love affair with the nonprofit 826 National, which is dedicated to offering a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.

The San Francisco filmmaker and songwriter, Devon Reed, who volunteers with 826 National initiated, financed, and wrote all the songs which were presented to a variety of bands to select the ones that called to them and in turn give their own unique twist.  The result is a compilation featuring a who’s who in the indie rock scene with artists such as Bowerbirds, The Cloud Room, Maps & Atlases, Horse Feathers, Marissa Nadler and Mark Kozelek all participating to support the nonprofit's aim.

Reed first became involved as a volunteer and organizer for 826 Valencia in San Francisco in 2011.  He had worked with several nonprofits in the area, including Habitat for Humanity, GRID Alternatives and Food not Bombs, when he finally discovered 826 and quickly considered it home. “The organization, with its focus on children and writing, was a perfect fit with my own interests and from my first experiences there, I could tell that my time and energy was very much needed,” Reed said.

Reed produced his first album six years ago, a soundtrack to his feature length film musical The Bigtop, which included performances of songs written by him by such artists as Matthew Sweet, Built to Spill's Doug Martsch, The Clientele, Lisa Germano and Damien Jurado.

Reed continued to write songs after The Bigtop, and when he received the spark of inspiration to combine his musical and philanthropic interests into a single venture, the You be My Heart benefit album was born to both increase awareness and generate funds for the 826 National.

You Be My Heart due out 12/09 to feature tracks from:
Fruit Bats
The Finches
Becky Stark
Mark Kozelek
Horse Feathers
The Cloud Room
The Spinto Band
Saturday Looks Good To Me
Danielle Ate The Sandwich
Maps & Atlases
Marissa Nadler
Marble Sounds
Ghost & Gale
Field Report
Key Losers

Get Involved with 826 National and follow the You Be My Heart project on Facebook and Twitter

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