The Late Movies: PS22 Kids Sing the Hits
The Public School 22 Chorus is a delight -- a choir of fifth graders who sing their hearts out. With a new group every school year, you get to see tons of talent coming from one school in Staten Island, New York. Below, I've rounded up some of my favorite songs performed by the group. Listen up, folks: this is what public school arts education can do.
"Somebody That I Used to Know" (Gotye)
Featuring Kahlil on lead vocals. Apparently Gotye posted about this cover, calling PS22 "the coolest kids on the block." Totally!
"Eye of the Tiger" (Survivor)
Stay tuned for soloist Jared around the one-minute mark. This kid can really hit the high notes!
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (Simon & Garfunkel)
When was the last time you saw fifth graders so engaged and so in-tune? Totally lovely.
"Rolling in the Deep" (Adele)
Featuring Denise on lead vocals, belting it out!
"True Colors" (Cyndi Lauper)
With some bonus enthusiasm at the end.
"Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson)
Recorded at the kids' graduation.
"I Want You Back" (Jackson 5)
My favorite Jackson 5 tune, done beautifully by Marquis and the chorus.
Featuring Marquis on drums! A little off key in spots, but still fun.
"Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want" (The Smiths)
These kids have got that mid-80's Rough Trade vibe down pat.
"Don't Stop Believin'" (Journey)
This was posted about a month after Glee premiered. See also: "Faithfully" featuring Judy Torres.
"Viva La Vida" (Coldplay)
These kids can even make me like Coldplay! Miraculous. Featuring April.
"Imagine" (John Lennon)
Apparently taken from the second rehearsal by this particular group.
There's way more where these came from. You can also read up on the group at Wikipedia, including an impressive list of appearances on TV and radio. Great job, kids and teachers!