When the offer was presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Haverhill, the teenagers there had just one response.
They were in.
Jillian Cardarelli, the Haverhill native and current Nashville singer/songwriter, wanted the teens from her hometown to star in the music video for her charity single “Complicated.” What was there to consider?
“When they told us we could try, we were all jumping up and down because we were so excited to be in the video,” said Yarymar Rosario, a Haverhill High senior. “We jumped at the chance. Before (club activities director Deb Card) could leave the room we were saying, ‘Don’t ask anyone else. We’ll do it.’”
What began more than a year ago as an offer to Cardarelli to record a song for a cause turned into an opportunity not just for the singer, but for her home town.
That song became “Complicated” — now available on iTunes with all proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club. In December, the music video for the song, starring members of the Haverhill club and shot around the city, was released on YouTube, and has already been viewed nearly 500 times in just over a month.
“I knew this was something I really wanted to be a part of,” Cardarelli said in a phone interview from Nashville. “I feel that giving back with music is something very special because music is something that everyone can relate to. I was honored and so happy that the kids from Haverhill had the chance to be a part of it.”
The story began with Signature Music Design (SMD), a Boston-area based group that, according to their website, “Recruits artists with compassion and who have a desire to use the gift of music to encourage and promote positive change within their communities, families and society at large.”