Jamie Foxx delivers music to kids
Published 10/02/2010 | 13:29
Jamie Foxx helped to hand out 500,000 dollars worth of musical instruments to school students in the US.
The Hollywood actor and musician dished out new violins, flutes, French horns, trumpets and drums at the event at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which was part of the Fidelity FutureStage programme, an effort by the investment firm to enrich arts education in American public schools.
Foxx - who won an Oscar for the film Ray - told students he began as a classical pianist and eventually won a scholarship to study the instrument in college, adding: "That allowed me to come to LA and work on my craft, then I went into acting and comedy, and then it was Ray Charles..."
Foxx, 42, wanted to entertain the students with a few bars from his Grammy winning hit, Blame It.
But since the song is an ode to the effects of alcohol, he changed the lyrics to: "Blame it on the a-a-a-apple juice."
"I changed it so you guys could sing it," he joked.
Dominic Monaghan hosted the programme, which was simulcast in Boston, Houston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Students in all four cities performed and received donated instruments.
The programme provides instruments, specialised training by professional musicians, and a chance for aspiring artists to perform with renowned orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Pops.