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Baltimore choir director Kenyatta Hardison recorded an emotional live video of Baltimore’s Cardinal Shehan School’s choir singing Andra Day’s song “Rise Up,” and the video went viral.
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Video of a Baltimore children’s choir singing Andra Day’s Rise Up is inspiring people across the nation. 

Cardinal Shehan School’s choir director Kenyatta Hardison went live on her Facebook page last month during practice showing a moving performance. The post has more than 3 million views on Hardison’s Facebook page and more than 83 thousand shares. 

The song packs a powerful message:

When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We’ll take it to its feet
And move mountains

In the 9-minute video 6th graders Kai Young and John Paige; 5th grader Carlyse Blackwell; and 4th grader Bryana Hardison step out in emotional solos as the choir sings “I will rise.”

“The children are speaking, the children are giving the message, they’re leading us,” Hardison told CBS Baltimore. “This is part of Baltimore, there is hope, kids with compassion, kids who love and spread peace, who believe in one another.”

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People commenting on Hardison’s post have called the performance “humbling,” “powerful” and “beautiful.” Some said it’s moved them to tears and gave them chills. 

John, who delivered strong vocals in the video, said they sing for a higher purpose. 

“That’s why the Lord created us all,” John told CBS Baltimore. “He wants us to have a purpose in this world. We’re not finished yet. We have a lot more work to do, but when it’s time for us to leave it, means our job here is done.” 

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