The national March of Dimes announced it has selected Dean’s single “Mother and Child” for a debut fundraiser called “Stork Tunes.” Just in time for Mother’s Day, proceeds from the sale of the new CD will fund the nonprofit’s efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life.
SEATTLE, Wash. – Get ready to feel good. That’s the slogan for Northwest songwriter Dean Backholm. He certainly has every reason to feel good these days. The national March of Dimes announced it has selected his single “Mother and Child” for a debut fundraiser called “Stork Tunes.” Just in time for Mother’s Day, proceeds from the sale of the new CD will fund the nonprofit’s efforts to give every baby a healthy start in life. The song “Mother and Child” was originally written by Backholm for his own son, but struck a chord with industry insiders.
“Stork Tunes helps us achieve two critical goals, namely providing useful resources for mothers and pregnant women, and raising money for research and other programs,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. “We are honored and grateful that these high-level artists are willing to donate their music to our cause.”
The complete line up for the Stork Tunes CD is:
- Celine Dion – A Mother’s Prayer
- Dixie Chicks – Godspeed (Sweet Dreams)
- Jessica Andrews – I Wish for You
- The Boys Choir of Harlem – Children of the World
- Katrina Carlson – Mother
- Norah Jones – Sunrise
- Dean Backholm – Mother & Child
- Kenny Loggins – Rainbow Connection
- Billy Joel – Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)
- Sinead O’Connor – All Babies
- Wynonna Judd – Always Will
- Raffi – May There Always be Sunshine
“Mother and Child” is from Backholm’s first CD, “A Question for You.” Music and Media International (MMI) of Los Angeles recently signed a national publishing contract picking up all 11 tracks from that CD. Another song of his, “Turn Off the Moon,” a co-write with three Nashville collaborators was a semi-finalist in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition, one of the largest contests in the industry. Global Graffiti, an LA-based international publishing company, is pitching the song to label companies and movie and television industry executives.
Backholm was literally born into the music industry. His parents actually met in his uncle’s band where his father played trumpet and his mother was the lead singer.
“The fellas needed a female vocalist, and there she was. That is how their love story began,” said Backholm, explaining that music has always played a major role in his life. “My brother Doug and I shared a bedroom when we were kids. Every night mom would call up the stairs around 8 p.m. and say ‘hey boys it’s time to stop singing and go to sleep’.”
The two brothers were a bit like the Baker Boys, performing in local watering holes through college in a duo called “Back to Back.” His creativity then spilled into his professional career as he became an award-winning landscape designer. His gardens were consistently featured in glossy national magazines and he has won many gold medals for his creations at Seattle’s Northwest Flower and Garden Show. He called it the perfect life, “creating gardens by daylight and music by moonlight.” However, the musical muse refused to leave him alone. Although he appeared content, he could not stop the swirling of creative ideas, phrases and melodies. This continued until he’d accumulated well over 100 original songs, each complete with music and lyrics.
It was at his 25 year high school class reunion when everything fell into place. That night, Backholm ran into a classmate he’d played with in a local Aberdeen band. The buddy asked him about a song that had haunted him all these years called “Think of Me Hill.” Backholm still had the song and so they agreed to meet for coffee. His friend, Ron Erak, was now a music producer. That night he took Backholm under his wing.
“I know it sounds like a scene from a movie. Who, knew he’d become a successful music producer. But it’s true. I played him every song I’d ever written and we talked for hours. It was magical. He loved them all,” said Backholm. “I always tell people to go to their class reunions. You just never know what’s going to happen!”