EHArts 5th Grade Students Sing for Country Music Hall of Fame's All for the Hall
The All for the Hall initiative began in 2005 when Vince Gill, president of the museum's Board of Officers and Trustees, began a campaign to encourage fellow artists to get more involved in fundraising for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. To date, the All for the Hall concerts in Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York have netted more than $4.5 million in support of the museum's educational programs.
The concert began with students from Elysian Heights Elementary School performing a song called "Rule the World for a Day," which they finished the previous day with help from professional songwriter Phil Barton, Grammy-winning songwriter Liz Rose, and rising new country artist Tenille Townes.
The song, the fifth involving volunteers Barton and Rose as songwriting teachers, found the students acting out the lyrics with choreographed movement and thoroughly engaging smiles as they harmonized about uniting to take care of the earth and to treat others with kindness and compassion.
The lyrics, set to a swaying upbeat rhythm, included lines of compassion as well as humor. They juxtaposed stanzas such as:
If they just put us in charge
To spread kindness in every heart
The homeless would all have a home
And nobody would suffer alone
With lines like:
And while we're at it, wouldn't it be fun
To give pizza and ice cream to everyone
The students drew the only standing ovation of the concert. The charming performance underlined the primary intent of the evening: to fund and uplift the museum's educational work, a core component of the museum's mission.
The students' heart-tugging composition set the tone for an evening that leaned as much on new songs of family and human connection as it did on well-known hits. Gill and Crow emphasized songs from just-released albums, while Combs and Harris both offered new tunes they recently had written and had not performed before an audience.
Watch EHArts perform for the Country Music Hall of Fame here.
Watch EHArts students interviewed for the Words in Music Program here.
Read about All for the Hall 2019 here.