BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A middle school choir from Baltimore is set to perform at “March For Our Lives” in Washington, D.C.
They’re only in middle school, but the powerful voices of students from Cardinal Shehan School will be calling out for change in Washington.
“You know, we’ve been praying and praying for peace. We’ve been praying [to] stop the violence here in Baltimore, period. And then when it’s coming back and hitting our schools, we just know we have to pray even harder,” choir director Kenyatta Hardison said.
The students will take the stage Saturday morning, uniting their voices with those demanding gun control.
Their rich harmonies — laid down on track Friday by a recording team from Los Angeles — will be the back-up for artists Common and Andra Day.
“It’s crazy being able to sing with Andra Day again, I can’t believe it.” student Jalen Henderson said.
Their rendition of Day’s song “Rise Up,” which was posted on Facebook in October, went viral — being seen around the world 60 million times.
“It has definitely been a whirlwind. Getting news from singing on ‘The View,’ singing on ‘Good Morning America,’ having the opportunity for them to sing at local concerts,” principal Fametta Jackson said.
Their next big gig, a mission to march for change, is two-fold.
Coming from a city plagued by gun violence of its own, Baltimore’s most viral voices, are ready to make some noise in the nation’s capital.
Many students from Baltimore are expected to attend the March For Our Lives. Earlier this month, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh announced that the city will provide 60 free buses to send students to D.C. for the protest.