Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of the driving forces behind a new charity album to support families separated at the American border, and now audiences can hear his contribution to the record. Rolling Stone premiered "Cielito Lindo," Miranda's heartwarming duet with Mandy Gonzalez, on Friday and you can listen to the track by playing the video above.
The video shows Miranda and Gonzalez performing the song in separate recording studios until they are brought together, just like the album is hoping to reunite parents and children who have been forced apart. Not only is it memorable for the duo's heartfelt vocal performances, but their choice of song also has its own important meaning.
"Cielito Lindo" is a popular Mexican song credited to composer Quirino Mendoza y Cortes in 1882. Since then, it's been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jose Feliciano in 1989 (for which he won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Performance), and by The Three Tenors during some of their concerts. It has a rich history in Mexican musical culture, and this latest version will certainly tug at the heartstrings. But it's meant to because the album it was recorded for has a specific purpose.
Fans can own the song Oct. 26 when Ghostlight Records releases Singing You Home: Children's Songs For Family Reunification. The album, which is available today through the label's website, was conceived by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti ("Supergirl") and features an all-star cast. Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Ingrid Michaelson and Audra McDonald are among the other artists who contributed to the record.
"I realized that I have a lot of really talented, wonderful friends, and together, we’ve put together this beautiful album," Benanti told Rolling Stone in a separate interview. "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.”
According to Rolling Stone, a portion of the proceeds from Singing You Home will go to two charitable organizations: Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) and Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). It's an album recorded for a wonderful cause, and based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's video, it's a record that has some wonderful music on it, too.
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