Since their “Rise Up” video first went viral, the Cardinal Shehan Middle School choir has been making the rounds on national news and talk show programs.
This weekend, the sixth, seventh, and eighth-graders said they are beyond excited to sing the National Anthem at Sunday’s Baltimore Ravens game at home against the Lions.
They are mighty. Together, their voices are powerful and moving. It’s been a real whirlwind for the Cardinal Shehan Middle School Choir since their “Rise Up” video, now with more than 60 million views.
The video went viral in September and the choir has been in hot demand, performing just this week with pop star Rachel Platten.
“I just love that we got to go so many places that we never dreamed of going, and we just feel so blessed, all of us,” choir singer Kennedy Jacobs said.
“We went from having probably three singing occasions to now, it’s been 20 something,” choir director Kenyatta Hardison said.
“I think my favorite experience was when we met Whoopi Goldberg at “The View” and she requested us for her birthday,” choir singer Michael Bell said.
The choir will perform live in front of more than 70,000 fans at the Ravens home game against the Lions on Sunday.
“It was just such an amazing story that we were like, ‘We have to get a hold of these kids and see if they could sing the anthem for us at a game,'” said Ilsa Marden, with the Ravens.
“(I’m) really excited. I’ve always watched them and I can’t believe that we’re doing it,” choir singer Jalen Henderson said.
“It’s going to be big for us because, you know, big people sing the National Anthem and for us to sing the National Anthem. It’s a blessing,” said another choir singer, Janiya Camphor.
The school is hoping for a blessing of its own. Over 60 percent of the student body is on tuition assistance and a donation page is up to help with costs.
“I can’t even imagine if every viewer, 60 million viewers, was able to give a dollar to the cause, how many more students we would be able to service,” Cardinal Shehan Middle School Principal Fametta Jackson said.