Country star Jerrod Niemann appears radiant these days as his current hit “Shinin’ On Me” climbs to the Top 15 on Billboard and his new album Free The Music is available this week, but he truly lit up Tuesday, Oct. 2, when the fifth graders of the acclaimed PS22 Chorus joined him in singing. Featured on Oprah, NBC Nightly News, Anderson Cooper 360° and more, the children are recognized for their outstanding musical and academic accomplishments. Niemann stopped by their school, Public School 22, in Graniteville, Staten Island, N.Y. to donate new instruments and little did he know, his lone acoustic performance of “Shinin’ On Me” would come to life with the sound of 65 fifth grade voices singing along to the chorus. Moved by their performance, Niemann was all smiles and candor as he told stories about his humble beginnings as a singer/songwriter in hopes of encouraging them to follow their dreams. The entire visit with the PS22 Chorus can be viewed here.
“Having a chance to meet and perform with PS22 was like no other experience. Those children have so much talent and passion for music that I am so inspired and proud to be their biggest fan,” says Niemann.
As if their singing wasn’t enough to top off Niemann’s day, the fifth graders chanted “Jerrod, Jerrod, Jerrod!” after he revealed a brand new digital piano and drum set. The piano was especially well-received, as their old piano was in need of repairs and the parts necessary to fix it had been discontinued. When Niemann heard the news, he wanted to make sure to replace it so that they can continue to ‘free the music’ for generations to come.
Love Jerrod – and of course love seeing him taking part in something like this. He’s an awesome entertainer, and a fantastic person. Hope you are all following him on Twitter, @jrodfromoz. I just can’t do this without reminding all of you that Jerrod also has a Tweeting Bus. Yeah, for real. And you can follow that bus, too @JerrodsBus. The bus may not be human, but trust me – it has a personality you’ll fall in love with … but I don’t think ‘bus’ is quite as good looking as Jerrod. (And here ‘s a little note for all of you – the next article we do about Chuck Wicks is definitely going to have a little something about Chuck’s Bus – which you can also follow on Twitter – at, you guessed it… @ChuckWicksBus.)
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