Bertis Downs, manager for R.E.M., sent us this beautiful video of a high school chorus performing “Everybody Hurts.”
[pullquote quote=”Really beautifully done and I am sure the band will love it too.” credit=”Bertis Downs”]In the summer of 2011, the Chapel Hill, NC-based Community Chorus Project gathered 32 local high school kids and formed a chorus. With the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina, the chorus worked with teaching artists for two weeks to learn more about singing. At the end of the workshop they went into Manifold Studio and recorded their versions of the band’s “Everybody Hurts” and Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” with local band The Beast and Mallarme Chamber Players (arrangements by Eric Hirsh and Shana Tucker; filmed by Scott Rucci).
“This is absolutely beautiful,” expressed Downs, “I have chillbumps as I write this and I loved every second — the music, the filming, the expressions, the message, the rocking, the voices. Really beautifully done and I am sure the band will love it too.”
[pullquote quote=”These kids found the power of music, their own voices, took risks and created deep friendships.” credit=”Director Lauren Hodge”]According to Lauren Hodge, director of the Community Chorus Project,”These kids found the power of music, their own voices, took risks and created deep friendships. It was a fantastic experience for everyone involved.” “Community Chorus Project,” Hodge added, “is dedicated to creating more musical and educational opportunities like these for all kids–regardless of income. Thanks to R.E.M. for letting us cover their fantastic song!”
They were backed in the studio by ace musicians – The Beast and Mallarme Chamber Players who provided the strings. Eric Hirsh and Shana Tucker wrote the arrangement and the session was produced and engineered by studio genius Ian Schreier at Manifold Studio.