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Song to Benefit Currituck Horse Fund

The nonprofit Corolla Wild Horse Fund has kicked off a fundraiser, offering for download a song, “Castaño,” about the wild horses that roam free on the northern banks of Currituck County. The song co-written by Richmond, Virginia-based artist Janet Martin and Kelly Wilkes, a Corolla Wild Horse Fund volunteer, is previewed here in a 60-second clip. The full track and lyrics are available at the Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s website for $5. Supporters may donate more.

The nonprofit said it wanted to give supporters something unique and enduring as the basis of its fundraiser.

“We have so many wonderful supporters, donors, and social media followers. For this fundraiser, we wanted to give something back, something truly memorable, and from our hearts,” said Jo Langone, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s chief operating officer.

Wilkes said she had contacted Martin “with a song idea and just a few lines I had struggled with, and she ran with it and it turned into more than I could have ever expected.”

Martin said the song was written while the two were on the Outer Banks in early March. “I spent part of the day walking on the beach, mulling over the history of this place, how free these horses have been for centuries here, and what they’ve endured. I went back to the cottage, picked up my notepad and guitar, and the song pretty much wrote itself,” she said.

In addition to Martin on vocals, guitars and bass, “Castaño” features keyboardist Daniel Clarke — whose resume includes k.d. lang, the Chicks, Jason Mraz, Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams — on piano and organ and track producer/engineer Bruce Olsen, who has helmed projects by Grammy winner George Winston, the Nighthawks and Waxing Poetics, provided drums and percussion. Linwood Bell, known for his work with Graham Nash, Josh Grobin, and the Boston Pops, composed and performed the orchestral arrangement.

“This song is for everyone that loves these legendary horses and the Outer Banks. It will resonate with this community as well as those that visit here, our beloved mustangs are known from coast to coast,” says Corolla Wild Horse Fund Herd Manager Meg Puckett.

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The story was compiled by staff members of Coastal Review Online.