Download “Castaño” for just $5.

By Meghan Overdeep
August 25, 2020

A new song by Richmond-based artist and songwriter Janet Martin is now a fundraiser for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

“Castaño,” which was co-written by Kelly Wilkes, a Corolla Wild Horse Fund volunteer, was inspired by a real two-year-old colt named Castaño in the herd. The song honors the beauty and heritage of the horses that have roamed the Outer Banks for more than 400 years.

“Chestnut stallion so proud and bold,” Martin sings in the uplifting piece written just before the coronavirus closures.

“This song is for everyone that loves these legendary horses and the Outer Banks,” Corolla Wild Horse Fund Herd Manager Meg Puckett said in a statement. “It will resonate with this community as well as those that visit here, our beloved mustangs are known from coast to coast.”

“Castaño,” previewed below in a 60-second clip, is available for download at for $5. All proceeds go to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Originally intended for use in concerts and other events canceled due to the pandemic, the nonprofit decided to release the song online as part of a fundraiser.

“We have so many wonderful supporters, donors, and social media followers. For this fundraiser, we wanted to give something back, something truly memorable, and from our hearts,” Jo Langone, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund’s chief operating officer, said in a release.

Martin and Wilkes penned the tracked during a visit to the Outer Banks in early March.

“I spent part of the day walking on the beach, mulling over the history of this place, how free these horses have been for centuries here, and what they’ve endured. I went back to the cottage, picked up my notepad and guitar, and the song pretty much wrote itself,” Martin said.

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