A league of Broadway powerhouses are bringing goodwill and aid to families separated at the border with a new bilingual children’s album. The album, called “Singing You Home,” was released on digital download services on Friday. The actors and voices features in the album have pledged to use its proceeds to support organizations such as Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services and Artists Striving to End Poverty.
The new album features Spanish and English language songs sung by Broadway favorites like Mandy Gonzalez and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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“SINGING YOU HOME” DROPPED TODAY on iTunes. I had the immense pleasure of joining @asteponline @marymitchellc @laurabenanti with some Spanish help for this album of bilingual lullabies with some gorgeous artists. All proceeds go to RAÍCES and their effort to reunite families separated at the border. The generosity and humility everyone displayed in making this album lightened my heart from the dark place I had come to after seeing what these families, these children, my paisanitos, have suffered. This album is a labor of love and passion and you can help by purchasing these lullabies for $7. Aside from voting, it is the way we know how to help. THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN ARE STILL DETAINED. Please follow the efforts of @raicestexas as they fight the good fight. Canto que vuelvas, mi niño, canto que vuelvas. . . #raices #raicestexas #music #musicforjustice #broadway #broadwaycares #astep #musicforjusice #singingyouhome #cantoquevuelvas
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On the new album, a team of Broadway favorites croon out both new and customary lullabies. For their part, Gonzales (who is of Jewish and Mexican descent) and Miranda (from Puerto Rico) pair up to sing traditional Mexican favorite, “Cielito Lindo.” Cuban-Salvadoran actress Ana Villafañe, best known for her role as Gloria Estefan in the Broadway hit “On Your Feet” has also lent her vocals to the album. In a new rendition of “Twinkle Twinkle” the actress sings alongside American singer-songwriter and actor Ingrid Michael of “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.”
Actress Laura Benanti is the brains behind the album.
The Tony Award-winning actress says the idea to create an album of lullabies came after learning about the migrant children who were separated from their parents by the Trump administration this year. “Watching children be ripped from their families is obviously very upsetting, and I felt completely helpless,” Benanti who is of German, Irish, and Native American descent told Rolling Stone Magazine. “Then I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album. We hope the music we have created can bring love and empathy into the hearts of everyone who hears it, and that the money raised will aid in reuniting children with their loved ones.”
The “Singing You Home” track listing includes:
1. “Arrorró Mi Niño” by Laura Benanti & Isabella Preston
2. “Singing You Home” by Audra McDonald & Jason Robert Brown
3. “Cielito Lindo” by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Mandy Gonzalez
4. “Lullaby” by Josh Groban & Idina Menzel
5. “Beautiful Dreamer” by Kristin Chenoweth
6. “Si Pudiera Leer Tus Sueños” by Cynthia Erivo
7. “Twinkle Twinkle” by Ingrid Michaelson & Ana Villafañe