Young Local Voices Praise St. Louis with Soaring Song

Monday August 15, 2016

By Explore St. Louis Guest

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New music video “St. Louis (My Hometown)” rings in new school year

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 15, 2016) – In partnership with Saint Louis Public Schools (SLPS), the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation has released “St. Louis (My Hometown),” an inspiring new music video featuring local students singing the praises of their community.

Performed by the Central Visual and Performing Arts Choir and Woerner Elementary School Choir, and produced by Carl Nelson (award-winning music director and teacher at Woerner), the music video officially debuted on Saturday, August 13 at the annual Back to School Community Empowerment Festival (9 a.m. to noon) at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. Nelson said he originally wrote “St. Louis (My Hometown)” in 2014 for Woerner’s music program to celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday.

“This uplifting music video really captures the essence of St. Louis and the great community we live in,” said Kim Tucci, Chairman of the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation. “The composition is beautifully arranged and these talented young singers are just terrific. Their voices are moving and inspiring and will make you feel good about the next generation of St. Louisans, and our bright future as a community.”

“I wanted a fun song that would teach my students more about the city’s history and inspire in them a sense of civic pride,” said Nelson, who is entering his 11th year as the school’s music teacher. “With the release to a much larger audience, my hope is the song will have a similar impact on people.  I hope they will want to listen to ‘St. Louis (My Hometown)’ over and over again. The kids did a great job with the piece.”

Lively and upbeat, the three-minute music video created and edited by George Wise of WISEmedia, utilizes “St. Louis, St. Louis” as the musical thread for lyrics such as “St. Louis, St. Louis, like the mighty Mississippi you’re rolling along,” and “St. Louis, St. Louis, every day I love to say you’re my hometown.” Interspersed with shots of the kids singing are powerful scenes and images of St. Louis including the city skyline, Mississippi River, Gateway Arch, the St. Louis Cardinals and other cultural attractions and venues.

“St. Louis (My Hometown)” is available for viewing at the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation’s web site ( or by clicking here.

The St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation focuses on unleashing St. Louis civic pride to create a culture of confidence among St. Louis residents. A non-profit organization, the foundation also provides frontline hospitality and service employees with more training and teaching to enable them to become ambassadors to the St. Louis region. For more information or to get involved, check out our Facebook page at or follow us on Twitter at

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