The Beloved children's lullaby music CD was orchestrated with the child and parent in mind. This collection of original arrangements by the artists are familiar, yet unique; rich, yet peaceful; tender and smooth. You will hear a drop of jazz, a splash of gospel, and a cupfull of classical chords in this instrumental piano delicacy. Whether it's time for baby to take a nap or mom and dad to take a breather, Beloved is the perfect musical gift for your ears and heart to enjoy. Distinctive about this particular CD is it's cause and origin. The Beloved CD is dedicated to the Agapetos Foundation ('Agapetos' is Greek for 'Beloved'). The Agapetos Foundation is a non-profit organization that exists to love, teach and empower children with special needs and their families (children with autism, Down syndrome, medically fragile children, etc.). This is accomplished through teams of experienced special educators and therapists conducting teacher trainings and developing special needs ministry programs in the United States and Latin America. The foundation grew out of the Rock Church (San Diego) Pebbles Pathway Children's ministry. The Beloved CD project/artist has developed partnerships with both the Agapetos Foundation and the Rock Church Pebbles Pathway to help children all over the world. Thus, while one child is listening to the music many others will be simultaneously benefiting from the proceeds. So enjoy the CD - then enjoy it even more knowing that you are contributing to so many beloved children. More about the artist: Lee 'Zap' Martin: Composer/Arranger for Beloved Zap grew up playing music at school and church. At the University of California, San Diego, he minored in music with concentration in African American Music. Zap has decided to 'Do Something' (his church motto) for a positive cause. He has taken his gift as a musician and given it to a cause bigger than himself. He, with the support of Brandon Steppe from Sound Collage Musik, has produced a Children's lullaby CD that is piano music children will love and adults will appreciate. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Included is a portion of an Article by Morgan Cook from the San Diego North County Times (Dec 2009) As an ex-San Diego Police Department SWAT team member and current Palomar College public safety professor, Lee Martin may seem to be an unlikely person to produce an album of lullaby music for special needs children. But he's done just that. Martin arranged, composed and played the lullabies on his recently recorded album 'Beloved' to benefit the Agapetos Foundation, a San Diego-based charity that benefits special-needs children all over the world. It might seem like an unusual project for man who knows several ways to take somebody down, but Martin said his career in public safety and the lullaby album go hand in hand. 'I've seen so many families that are broken and kids that have been victims of crimes, ' Martin said of his law enforcement career. 'I appreciate family and kids because I've seen so many domestic disturbances. That, and I just want to help.' In his spare time, Martin said, he plays music with his band, Nova. 'Beloved' is his first solo recording. 'I've played piano on other peoples' CDs, but this is the first one I've ever done on my own,' he said. 'It's exciting because it's all piano; there's no vocals or anything else.' 'Beloved' has 11 tracks and plays for just over an hour. The songs are mostly arrangements and medleys of recognizable children's songs, such as 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,' but they have a grown-up, jazzy feel. 'It has a jazz flavor to it because I wanted it to appeal to parents, too, not just kids,' Martin said. 'I wanted to make songs that will appeal to children, but that aren't so kiddy and hokey that parents don't want to play it. So it's soft and sweet for babies, and smooth and relaxing for adults.' Martin said he decided to record a solo album to push himself as a musician, but he wanted to help people, too. 'I wanted to do something with this CD that's more than music,' he said. 'So when I was thinking about what I could do with this, I started thinking about who matters to me.' Martin said he decided to use the CD to raise money for the Agapetos Foundation, a charity he learned about through The Rock Church, where he is a member. The foundation focuses on teaching and training people to understand and work with special-needs children in the San Diego area and Latin American countries. The inside cover of the CD will advertise the foundation and the album is named for the charity, Martin said. 'Agapetos' means 'beloved' in Greek. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *.