Children’s Chorus of Sussex County (top to bottom, left to right and shirt color):

Madeleine Schuman (purple), Garrett Vanni (light blue), Mikayla Caruso (salmon), Eszter Hiscott (red), Makani Bennett (orange), Carly Sarisky (denim), Ashley Ingoglia (white with heart), Katrin Schumacher (pink), Jaden Rittweger (yellow), Samuel Garcia (green) and Adarsh Varghese (gold)

Deborah Mello: Founder/Artistic Director & Conductor of The Children’s Chorus of Sussex County

Vaneese Thomas

Sharon Bryant

Dennis Collins

Al Orlo

Fiona McBain

John Lissauer

John Margolis

After Barbara’s first public performance of the Anthem in 1990, the Orange Environment organization adopted it as Orange County NY’s official Earth Day Anthem! That same year New York State Congressman, Ben Gilman recommended its adoption as our Nation’s Earth Day Anthem. The following year it was nominated for a Nobel, United Earth Prize.

In 1992 Barbara was invited as a special guest to the Kennedy Center Nobel Earth Prize Awards Ceremony. Kathy Mattea, Kenny Loggins and John Denver performed to a packed concert hall.

John Denver was ultimately awarded the Prize and afterwards there was a private candlelight dinner where Barbara was honored to meet host, Claes Nobel as well as Quincy Jones, Kenny Loggins, John Denver and Bianca Jagger.

Later when interviewed, Barbara said, “To have even been considered for such a prestigious prize, among my musical heroes was the thrill of a lifetime!”

Even though Barbara performed the Earth Day Anthem over the years at many concerts it was never recorded until 2015 when Al Orlo, her lead guitarist introduced her to John Lissauer, the award-winning producer, writer and musician. The talent that was assembled for the recording was formidable…

Earth Day Anthem Credits:

Lyrics by Barbara Lee George

Music by Barbara Lee George & Al Orlo

Produced, Arranged by: John Lissauer, Al Orlo and Barbara Lee George

Orchestrated by: John Lissauer

Mastered by: Leonard Hospidor

Barbara Lee George – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

Al Orlo – Electric Guitars and additional Acoustic Guitar, Synth Organ, and Drum Programming

John Lissauer – Winds, Strings, Keyboards, Percussion and Drum Programming

Adult Background Vocalists (alphabetical order):

Sharon Bryant, Dennis Collins, John Margolis, Fiona McBain, Vaneese Thomas
Children’s Chorus of Sussex County (alphabetical order): Makani Bennett, Mikayla Caruso, Samuel Garcia, Eszter Hiscott, Ashley Ingoglia, Jaden Rittweger, Carly Sarisky, Katrin Schumacher, Madeleine Schuman, Garrett Vanni, Adarsh Varghese

Recording and Production Credits:

Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Synth Organ, and Drum Programming Ore Alloy Studio by Al Orlo at Ore Alloy Music

Winds, Strings, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming Orchestral and guitars and adult
background vocals: Katonah Mill Studios by John Lissauer at Katonah Mills Studio

Barbara Lee George vocals by John Lissauer and Leonard Hospidor

Children’s Chorus of Sussex County recorded live at Christ’s Church Newton, NJ by Leonard Quam

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