We're All Born Singing

I'm very excited to share this beautiful new video that Jessica Lily created for Woody Guthrie's iconic song "This Land is Your Land." The music was recorded by the Congregation Bet Haverim Chorus and my students from the Global Village Project, celebrating Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Singing. Many congregations highlight this Shabbat by creating services brimming with extraordinary music to celebrate Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Sea of Reeds (The Red Sea) and out of Egypt.

We especially enjoy singing some of the verses that are not as well known:

Was a great high wall there, that tried to stop me

Was a great big sign there, said "Private Property"

But on the back side, it didn't say nothing

That side was made for you and me

One bright sunny morning, in the shadow of the steeple

By the relief office, I saw my people

As they stood there hungry, I stood there wondering

If this land was made for you and me.

And thank you Will Robertson for the Chorus en español:

Esta tierra es tuya, esta tierra es mia

Desde el horizonte, Hasta la otra orilla
Desde las montañas, Costas, rios y valles
La tierra es para ti y para mi

Click HERE to watch the video


Stay Home and Sing

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Eric Byrd

Baltimore, MD
A charismatic and highly entertaining pianist and singer, Eric Byrd has been directing choirs for almost 30 years, primarily in the black gospel church experience. He directs the United voices of Praise gospel choir at Messiah College, and leads the Eric Byrd Trio, featuring original arrangements of gospel, jazz, and blues
Lea Morris

Lea Morris

Arlington VA
Lea is a singer/songwriter, gifted guitarist and percussionist. She has released eight CDs of her "soul folk" music. She was raised in Baltimore, singing acapella harmonies in the Baptist church and with her mother's siblings: the Jones Family. Check out her layered videos:

Elizabeth Melvin

Annapolis, MD

Elizabeth is the founding director of The Freedom Choir, a 60-voice community choir celebrating it's tenth year. She is a singer and multi-instrumentalist with over 35 years of study and performance of world music. She is a member of the Ubuntu Choir Network and has taught numerous workshops in the U.S. and Canada.

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Elise's concerts of "Global, Local & Homemade Songs™ and her "Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ workshops connect singing communities around the world. She recently released All Singing: The Elise Witt Songbook, featuring 58 of her original compositions. She uses singing to teach English at the Global Village Project, a special purpose middle school for teenage refugee girls.


All Singing: The Elise Witt Songbook

* Elise Witt w:Songbook, photo by Jessica Lily
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Done with CDs? You can now get any of my music as digital downloads.

And yes, CDs are still available, though Love Being Here is almost sold out.

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Elise's Upcoming Schedule

April 22 ~ Your Home - YES! Online

1:00 - 2:15 p.m. Zoom Virtual Sing w/ Eric Byrd, Elizabeth Melvin, Lea Morris @ your shelter in place

April 25 ~ Athens GA - postponed

2:00 - 5:00 p.m. An Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ Vocal Workshop Community Sing

May 29-31 ~ Clayton GA ?

NATURAL RHYTHMS: Terry Garthwaite, Becky Reardon, Elise Witt - Singing Circle Workshop @ Parker Ranch

May 31 ~ Clayton GA ?

NATURAL RHYTHMS: Terry Garthwaite, Becky Reardon, Elise Witt in Concert @ Parker Ranch

June 25-27 ~ New Market TN ?

Partners in Action Reunion for Alternate ROOTS @ Highlander Research & Education Center

June 28 ~ Luttrell TN ?

House Concert @ Moote Pointe Farm

July 12-19 ~ Elkins WV ?

Vocal Week for Augusta Heritage Center @ Davis & Elkins College WV

Aug. 4-9 ~ Arden NC ?

Alternate ROOTS Week @ Lutheridge Conference Center


June 27 - July 3 ~ Brasstown NC

An Impromptu Glorious Chorus™ Week-long Singing Workshop @ John C. Campbell Folk School

We're All Born Singing