Thursday, June 20, 2013

Young Folks

I've loved this song ever since I first heard it, but I only love it more now that the PS22 Chorus kids did their thing with it. Here is "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn and John!  Soloist Alicea (with a cold no less) and the chorus are perfect with just the right feel for this one, and learned it super-quick too!  Definitely one of this year's personal favorites for me, though admittedly that's becoming quite a list... Wonderful also to have 2009 chorus member Samantha (soloist on "Let There Be Peace On Earth", "Maoz Tsur", & "Tattoo") sit in with us for this! And of course ANY YouTube video with a singing Spider-man has just got to be worth the watch, no?

Jessica Sanchez & PS22 Chorus Provide "Clarity" for Trevor LIVE NYC Gala!

On Monday, June 17th, the PS22 Chorus took the stage at the Trevor LIVE NYC Gala in support of The Trevor Project and all the important work they do! The kids opened with their powerful version of "Titanium" by David Guetta & Sia! And when the kids began singing "Clarity" by Zedd ft. Foxes, they were joined onstage by singer Jessica Sanchez who recently performed the song on Glee! Jessica was absolutely stunning onstage and so wonderfully down to earth offstage. We adored her! Check out the brilliant performances of "Titanium" and "Clarity" below filmed beautifully by Valerie Panzella!

Perhaps needless to say, the performance was a major success! reports that the kids stole the show! Vanity Fair reports that the chorus gave "a rousing performance that had the crowd cheering!"  Jessica Sanchez tweeted "Just goosebumps everywhere! These kids are giving me full on life right now!!! Snooki posted a pic of the kids singing with Jessica on her Instagram, and remarked, "Absolutely amazing." Zedd posted the video on his Twitter page exclaiming, "HOW AWESOME IS THIS!?!?!?" And certainly the most entertaining praise came from Trevor LIVE host Jane Lynch saying, “Those kids! We were back there crying.... They were just amazing. Beautiful. And so precious. I ate one. He was delicious... Thank God he was an alto.”

Check out some great pics below courtesy of Victor Breinberg! For even more amazing shots, visit our Facebook page!

PS22 Chorus & Jessica Sanchez at soundcheck!

PS22 Chorus on the Red Carpet!

On the Red Carpet with Snooki & JWoww!

On the Red Carpet with Jane Lynch!

On the Red Carpet with Jessica Sanchez!

Applauding a job well done!


PS22 Chorus reinterprets the dance hit, "Clarity" by Zedd ft. Foxes! Major props to Jenesis for effortlessly nailing her solo parts.  Such a beautiful rendition....

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Michael Franti & PS22 Chorus Say Hey, I Love You!

On Friday, June 7th, Michael Franti stopped by to thank the PS22 Chorus for covering his new single, "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)", and to sing some of his uplifting songs with the kids! Truly one of the most lovable characters that's entered the PS22 auditorium, Michael brought joy, laughter, music, and inspiration that will stay with us forever! Relive the experience with us and watch the videos below filmed by our favorite Ms. Lisa!

UPDATE (6-21-13):  Just added another video of Michael Franti interviewing Mr. B & PS22 Chorus member Nadia after we made our music together!

We leave you with some phenomenal pics courtesy of Victor Breinberg! Even more great pics on our Facebook page!

PS22 Chorus Celebrate DO SOMETHING's birthday with HANSON!

On Wednesday, June 5th, the PS22 Chorus performed at the 20th birthday celebration of DO SOMETHING at The Hammerstein Ballroom! The kids performed a winning medley of three 90's songs including "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls, "Wonderwall" by Oasis, and "MMMBop" by Hanson, which segued into Hanson taking the stage for their performance! The audience went duly wild, and it was a definite highlight of the evening! But for us, the undisputed highlight of the night actually took place offstage... Hanson came backstage to meet, thank, and congratulate the kids before the show, and broke into an impromptu performance of "MMMBop" with the chorus! It sounded AMAZING and the grown-up child stars showed that not only have they grown musically, more importantly, that they are just the coolest, most down to earth people! So happy this moment was captured and big thanks to Hanson and DO SOMETHING for making this happen!

VH1 News showed an excerpt of the kids' performance in their coverage of the event and Hanson's praise for their amazing job, lauded the acoustic "basement" performance as well, and Hanson tweeted about our "great kids!" You can check that out below!

Lastly, check out these great pics of the kids from the event courtesy of Victor Breinberg, which includes some great shots with Hanson and even a shot with co-founder of Do Something, Andrew Shue!

PS22 Chorus is Santi-GOLDEN!

On Thursday, May 9th, the PS22 Chorus met up with one of my personal favorite artists, Santigold, for a special performance! Santigold was thrilled with the the recent PS22 cover of her song, "Disparate Youth", and was thrilled to join forces with the kids for this special performance for an appreciative live audience!

Check out some more great pics with Santigold below and even more on our Facebook page!

Monday, June 03, 2013

I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)

A burst of happy to start your week! Check out this infectiously uplifting delivery of Michael Franti's new single "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)" sung to perfection by the PS22 Chorus of 2013! Major props to Anthony for his AWESOME rap and solo and to Elijah for providing some extra beats!

UPDATE: Thanks to Michael Franti for his amazing response on his Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages! Thanks also to all his fans for the rewarding feedback!!