Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Nordstrom Celebrates Black History Month With Exclusive Compilation CD to Benefit Music Education Groups

SEATTLE — In celebration of Black History Month, Nordstrom will sell an exclusive CD entitled "Immortal Soul-Essential Recordings from the Golden Age" beginning in February. "Immortal Soul" is a handpicked compilation of soul and R&B tracks that capture the romance, heartbreak and sensuality of the genre. Together, the chosen tracks trace the evolution of rhythm and blues of the '50s into the soul of the '60s and beyond.

The Nordstrom-exclusive CD features tracks from Ray Charles, Aretha
Franklin, James Brown, Otis Redding and Etta James, as well as a track
recorded exclusively for the album by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. The
CD will be available in all Nordstrom stores and online at Nordstrom.com
beginning Feb. 1 for $24.95.

All after-cost proceeds from the sale of "Immortal Soul" will benefit
three music education programs for youth in underserved communities. The
benefiting organizations are Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York,
Merit School of Music in Chicago and Scholarship Audition Performance
Academy in Los Angeles.

"We are honored to celebrate Black History Month through music with
this exclusive CD," said Amelia Ransom Letcher, divisional vice president
and corporate diversity affairs director for Nordstrom. "We are especially
thrilled to partner with three incredible schools that celebrate the
importance of music in our communities."

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty
retailers, with 156 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe
store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 101 full-line stores, 50
Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, one freestanding shoe store and two
clearance stores.

The CD not only explores important music genres, but also serves as a lasty celebration of Black History Month. It's a fine idea to share proceeds from the sale of these CDs with three fantastic and deserving music education programs in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York so a new generation of musicians can benefit too.

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