Internet Download Lands Kids Singing in Oscar Buzz Film
James Sheridan's hot new movie,
"In America" found it's patriotic theme on the internet, as
a free .mp3 download.
Sunnyvale, TX (PRWEB) -- When Bob
Singleton's kids studio singing group gathered to record the
"Star Spangled Banner" in his studio, they thought they were
just preparing to sing at an NBA game.
Instead, the group's recording became an anthem for the
tragedy of 9/11 and eventually, a featured track in James
Sheridan's new movie, "In America."
"It's a really hard song to sing, so we recorded it to make
sure we were doing everything right," said the
The singing group with a rotating membership of kids, known
as "TNK - The Neighbor Kids," went on to perform at the
Mavericks/Rockets game, and a Dallas Sidekicks game. They
continue to perform the song at other events, such as the
recent Fire-Rescue International Convention at the Dallas
Convention Center in August, while recording vocals for kids
albums and commercials.
After the events of September 11, 2001, Mr. Singleton posted
the recorded version of the song as a free download on his
website (http://singletonproductions.com). It caught the
attention of the production crew for James Sheridan's
feature film, "In America," when the movie started
post-production in Dublin. The producers contacted Mr.
Singleton, the former music director for Barney & Friends,
to get permission to use the recording in their movie.
Contracts and technical arrangements were quickly worked
out, and the song was included in the final edit.
"It's a great privilege to be included in the work of such a
talented and respected filmaker, especially under such
unusual circumstances," says Mr. Singleton
The kids who made the original recording have gone on to
high school and college, but new kids are constantly being
brought into the recording group, as older ones move on. The
group on the movie soundtrack includes Charity Bramer and
Cheryl Sarles of Garland, Sarah Allen of Mesquite, and
recent "American Idol" semi-finalist, Olivia Mojica from
Writer/director Sheridan's recent effort was the first movie
filmed in New York after 9/11. His movies (The Boxer, My
Left Foot, In the Name of the Father and others) have
garnered 15 Academy Award nominations. The movie is a very
personal effort, co-written by Sheridan and his 2 daughters
with a semi-autobiographical storyline. The PG-13 film is
described as an emotional and uplifting look at an immigrant
family experience in New York, through the eyes of a child.
Reviews have been very good, including Oscar mentions and
making Gene Shalit's (of "The Today Show") top-10 list for
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