It's been three years since an Anchorage woman started a program that uses music to connect Alaska's inmates with their children on the outside. Initially, the "Lullaby Project" focused on mothers in the prison system, but this year, the program is expanding to include fathers.

Shirley Mae Springer Staten organized the Lullaby Project and continues to oversee the initiative. She says the program was so popular with women that they decided to expand it to include men.

Staten was joined on Daybreak by local musician Chris Sturm for a Mic Check in the Morning. Sturm performed a song titled "I Pray", that was written and produced with an inmate who wanted his son to know how much he was loved.

Musicians spend time with the inmates -- coaching, writing and collaborating, with a goal of compiling the songs for an album and performance.

The "Lullaby Project Concert" takes place on Saturday, November 17 at 1 p.m. at the Highland Mountain Correctional Center.

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