On January 9th, a group of 20 children from Newtown, Connecticut gathered at the home recording studio of Talking Heads' and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz for a project called A Song From Sandy Hook. Most of the children were students at Sandy Hook Elementary, survivors of the horrific school shooting in December. With guidance from the project's producer, CBGB co-owner Tim Hayes, along with Newtown-based music teacher Sabrina Post, the group recorded "Over the Rainbow," accompanied by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson on ukulele. The song will make its debut on Good Morning America Tuesday, January 15th and will be available on iTunes and Amazon the same day. All proceeds from the project will go to the non-profit Newtown Youth Academy and the United Way of Western Connecticut.
Children from Sandy Hook Elementary record "Over the Rainbow" at the home studio of Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz in Fairfield, Connecticut.
The children joined singer Ingrid Michaelson on the Judy Garland classic "Over the Rainbow." While the use of the ukulele on the song was inspired by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of the song, producer Tim Hayes believes that the group really made it their own. "This arrangement is very traditional but the narrative is meant to transform the piece into something much more spiritual," he said.
Children from Sandy Hook Elementary School gathered in the home studio of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz in Fairfield, Connecticut to record "Over the Rainbow."
The singers goof off in the Fairfield, Connecticut home studio of Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz.
Children from Newtown take a break from recording to play in the Connecticut yard of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.
A Newtown parent fights back tears while the children do vocal warm-ups before the recording session.
The first group of children record their vocal tracks at the home studio of Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth.
Bruce Martin and proud Newtown parents watch from the control room as their children learn how the new song will come together in the studio.
Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth pause to take some group photos with the families of Newtown.
A Newtown parent watches the recording of "Over the Rainbow."