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Multiple award-winning artists have joined forces to release a new bilingual children’s album, Singing You Home: Children’s Songs for Family Reunification. Featuring tracks from Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez, Josh Groban & Idina Menzel, Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown, Kristin Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo, Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston and Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe, with backup vocals from the Broadway Baby Mamas. The album was conceived by Laura Benanti and produced by Benanti, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Lynn Pinto.
All artists, musicians, technicians and recording studios donated their time and talents to the project, so that a substantial portion of the proceeds from the English / Spanish language album will go directly to the non-profit organizations RAICES and ASTEP to help reunite and support families separated at the border.
“Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless,” Benanti said. “Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album. We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.”
For more information about RAICES (Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services) visit Raicestexas.org. For more information about ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty), visit www.astep.org.
Produced by: Laura Benanti, Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Lynn Pinto
Recorded and Mixed by: Lawrence Manchester
Additional Recording: Angie Teo and Ian Kagey
Mastered by: Oscar Zambrano at Zampol Productions
Recorded at: The DiMenna Center for Classical Music and Power Station at BerkleeNYC
Musicians: Matt Beck, Summer Boggess, Jason Robert Brown, Ben Butler, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Carmel Dean, Jamie Eblen, Adda Kridler, Whitney LaGrange, Randall Landau, Gary Sieger, Justin Smith
Adele Stein, Mary Jo Stilp, Meg Zervoulis
Arrangers: Jason Robert Brown, Mary-Mitchell Campbell, Matt Castle, Nick Connors, Carmel Dean,
Frank Galgano, Cam Moncur
Spanish Language Arrangements and Coach: Aline Mayogoitia
Back-up Vocals on “Twinkle Twinkle” & “Lullaby” by the Broadway Baby Mamas: Lynne Abeles, Jill Abramovitz, Candi Boyd, Rachel Bress, Alison Cimmet, Jenn Gambatese, Leah Horowitz, Autumn Hurlbert, Joanne Javien, Andrea Jones-Sojola, Jamie Karen, Jessica McRoberts, Gina Milo, Doreen Montalvo, Kate O’Phalen, Jessica Phillips, Allison Posner, Jessica Rush, Jessica Tyler Wright, Kate O’Phalen, Jennifer Swiderski, Kathy Voytko
Recording Studio Footage Cinematography and Editing: James Eades
Album Cover: Designed by Ryan Ratelle for RRR Creative; Cover Art inspired by a drawing created by a young boy while he was detained, after being reunited with his family by RAICES.
- Track Listing
1. Arrorró Mi Niño – Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston
2. Singing You Home – Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown (a new song written by Jason Robert Brown for the album)
3. Cielito Lindo – Lin Manuel-Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez
4. Lullaby – Josh Groban & Idina Menzel (written by Josh Groban, Dave Matthews & Jochem Van Der Saag)
5. Beautiful Dreamer – Kristin Chenoweth (written by Stephen Foster)
6. Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños – Cynthia Erivo (written by Luis Pescetti & Maria Pien)
7. Twinkle Twinkle – Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe