Aaron Nigel Smith
Builds a Community in Song with One World Chorus Release,
Welcome to the Village!
Hundreds of Children from
New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Kenya
Sing Together as the One World Chorus
Sing Together as the One World Chorus
Julia Roberts, Jewel and Dan Zanes support the One World Chorus. Downloads are available now on iTunes; CD is available on September 4. A portion of sales benefit the Cura Rotary Home near Nairobi.
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This week, get a FREE download of the original song, "Grateful," featuring Dan Zanes, here.
Portland, OR, August 13, 2012 – Aaron Nigel Smith, known for his work on PBS TV and his award-winning music for children, will release Welcome to the Village!, a globe-shrinking collection of songs featuring the voices of hundreds of children from New York, Los Angeles, Portland and a school near Nairobi, Kenya. The release is the first from Aaron's non-profit One World Chorus project.
Welcome to the Village! just launched on iTunes and will be available on CD September 4th from Aya World Productions. A portion of proceeds from the new release will help build a music program at the Cura Rotary Home, an orphanage and school in Kenya.
Nearly a year in the making, Welcome to the Village includes 13 songs, including “Fanga Alafia,” traditional Nigerian morning greeting song, performed by children at Cura. Aaron spent time at the orphanage in February working with the children and recording this and other vocal tracks for the album. Aaron mixed these children’s angelic voices with those of kids he’s worked with at the Palisades Children’s Choir near Los Angeles, the Achievement First Academy in Brooklyn, NY, and 5th graders from Forest Hills Elementary School (near Portland, Oregon) as well as 45 children from the greater Portland area. All in all, more than 300 voices are included in the collection of songs.
Aaron also invited notable children’s music stars to join in song. Dan Zanes performs on “Grateful,” and for Bob Dylan’s classic “Man Gave Names,” three artists lent their talents: Nickelodeon TV star Laurie Berkner and nationally acclaimed kindie rockers Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and Lucky Diaz.
As a measure of the public support for the One World Chorus project, last year’s Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $15,000, but brought in nearly $20,000 within four weeks. The funds support travel and the CD production. Julia Roberts, Jewel and Ziggy Marley are supporters, and Volkswagen has also signed on as a title sponsor of the project.
Smith has worked with children’s choirs for many years, in addition to touring with his band and performing on the PBS-TV show “Between the Lions.” With the One World Chorus project, he hopes to make the world a little smaller. “When kids sing together, I hope that they enjoy sharing the gift of music and learning a valuable discipline that can be used to promote positive change in the world,” he explains.
Smith is not a novice at creating effective educational opportunities for kids with music. His FUNdamentals of Music and Movement program is part of the curriculum at more than 100 schools in several states, with various licensees using the programs he’s developed. His musical career began at the Interlochen Academy, and he studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music. As a youth, he toured with the American Boychoir, sharing the stage with such luminaries as Jessye Norman.
For more information about the One World Chorus, visit www.oneworldchorus.org.
For a glimpse of Smith’s visit to the Cura Rotary Home, visit his YouTube page.
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October: Los Angeles and New York City performances to be scheduled soon. Please visit http://www.
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