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article imageSandy Hook students release 'Over the Rainbow' for charity

By Armando Tamayo     Jan 16, 2013 in Entertainment
Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut released a record of the Academy Award winning classic song (Somewhere) Over the Rainbow Tuesday on iTunes and Amazon for charity.
The Newtown children recorded the song Monday in the Fairfield, Connecticut home studio of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, former band members of Tom Tom Club and Talking Heads as posted in the Daily Mail. New York indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson helped out in the recording of the popular Wizard of Oz ballad.
Twenty-one kids from the school, between ages six and nine, lend their voices most of them current students at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 students and six school officials were killed on a shooting spree on Dec.14.
On Tuesday, the children performed the song in ABC's Good Morning America with Michaelson. 10 year-old Jane Shearin said in an interview, "I really want to be kind to the people who have lost their loved ones and help them to recover from their sorrow."
The little girls wear green ribbons in their hair and pinned in their shirts in memory of their lost friends and teachers. Frantz said, "It was emotional, absolutely. But the kids were resilient. They loved to sing and they were good at it" as quoted in NY Daily News.
Digital copies of Sandy Hook: Somewhere Over the Rainbow (featuring Ingrid Michaelson) single are available on iTunes and Amazon for the benefit of Newtown Youth Academy and United Way Western Connecticut.
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