Collaboration | Purpose | Creativity

Collaboration Meets Innovation

PlaybackPlayfwd is a collaborative project that features Columbia College Chicago students and alum banding together to assist the COVID-19 Relief Fund through The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation, MusiCares.

Vol. I

Vol. I of PlaybackPlayfwd is a five track charity album. This album is released through Gold Note Records with artists recording songs from the Public Domain, spanning the years 1900-1924 and putting their own unique 21st century twist to each track. 

A nod to the ones before us

From “Ain’t We Got Fun” to “Beautiful Dreamer”, the tracks covered on this album pay respect to the music legends who paved the way. For more info on the history of each track, click the button below.


All proceeds from Vol. l will be donated to MusiCares. MusiCares is the Recording Academy’s charity foundation whom has provided COVID-19 Relief to those in the music industry. Please consider donating to this extraordinary cause during these difficult times.

“At Gold Note, we try to do the philanthropic thing whenever we can, so we’re thrilled to give back to musicians and the music community with this super-cool, super-original compilation.”

Alan Goldsher – Founder & CEO of Gold Note Records

The originality and creativity of the artists and producers on PlaybackPlayfwd absolutely shines through these remakes. In transforming something familiar it’s as though the coal in the stocking has become a shiny diamond. How clever to take music from the Public Domain – often wonderful but forgotten – and make it new again – modern, fresh, and otherworldly!

Darlene “DJ Lady D” Jackson – Producer/Remixer, NARAS Voting Member & ASCAP Music Publisher