The Kids of Widney High are a group of students from Widney High School, a special ed. high school in Los Angeles, who write and perform original songs. The group started in 1988 as a song writing class and changes as the students come and go from Widney. The students perform in the L.A. area with a band consisting of Vince Licassi-guitar, Judy Rudin-harmonica, Tony Bollas-drums, Spero Anthony-bass, and Michael Monagan-guitar.
August 28th, 2013
The LA rock band Dame Fortune has just released a cover of the Kids of Widney High song “Hollywood.” It’s a heavy version with Kevin Valentine (KISS) on drums. David Blake of Dame Fortune was a good friend, and fellow KISS enthusiast, of KOWH member Tony Whitfield (who died tragically of colon cancer last year) and has pledged proceeds to the Tony Whitfield Memorial Music Fund (funding the music program at Widney High School). Check it out!
August 11th, 2013
Some of you have told me that you’ve heard the Kid Cudi song “Girls” and that it sounds heavily influenced by the KOWH song Pretty Girls. You’re right. We’ve entered into an agreement with Kid Cudi and are sharing in the songwriting of his song as he is using our chorus as his chorus. Some people have even heard him perform it live. Maybe I’ll get to take the “Kids” to a Kid Cudi show next time he comes to town. I mean, he’s already a “Kid.”
August 11th, 2013
Our KOWH blue t-shirt is sold out in every size except small. We’ve got about 6 of those left. Our stock of the Kodiak black t-shirt is still robust with about 6 to 10 in each size. We will not be making any more of either design so that’s all folks. (Ironically, I’ve lost my KOWH t-shirt so I don’t even have one!)
November 10th, 2012
We will be getting out of the t-shirt business and when our current inventory is depleted that will be it! I’ll post what we have periodically until the cupboard is bare. Thanks for your support! Please be sure to check before ordering.
As of 11/10/12
Small- black-12 blue-8
Medium- black-10 blue-10
Large- black- 11 blue-12
X-large- black- 13 blue- 0
XX-large- black- 5 blue- 0
November 4th, 2012
BLIND INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR, JOSE FELICIANO, VISITS SPECIAL NEEDS HIGH SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES
Nine Time Grammy Winner and international superstar, Jose Feliciano, shared words of wisdom to and conducted a sing-a-long with over 250 special needs students and their parents this past Monday at Widney High School in Los Angeles.
J.P. Widney High School is a special ed center that was founded 50 years ago and serves mentally and physically challenged students from LA’s center city. The school’s program includes the world famous “Kids of Widney High” songwriting class which has produced 4 CDs (one with the help of Jackson Browne and another with the help of Mike Patton from Faith No More.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to educate and inspire young disabled musicians to pursue their dreams of a career in music. After all, music is what saved me “, said Feliciano himself.
Mr. Feliciano, who is congenitally blind, began playing guitar at the age of nine on the streets of New York after his family relocated from Lares, Puerto Rico. He credits the guitar as saving his life and giving him a purpose that he carries to this day.
Mr. Feliciano, best known for his international hits, “Feliz Navidad” and “Light My Fire”, recently performed the national anthem for the first game of the MLB NLCS baseball game in San Francisco. He was also recently honored with a LARAS Latin Grammy lifetime achievement award.
For more information on J.P. Widney High School, please visit: www.KidsofWidneyHigh.com for more information on Jose Feliciano, please visit www.JoseFeliciano.com or Facebook/WheresJose or Twitter @wheresJose.
August 4th, 2012
“Pretty Girls” appears on a British compilation CD called Sounds of the Disabled Underground Vol 3 (track 15 on CD #1)
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