After production wrapped and the editing process was complete, the video was released on YouTube on Dec. 27. A day later, it debuted during Cardarelli’s headlining performance at the Blue Ocean club in Salisbury. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Webster-Dudley, Ludlow and Salisbury also contributed.
“I loved the video and I am so glad I could make the kids a part of it,” said Cardarelli. “You could tell how passionate they were about it. It wasn’t just my song. It became our song.”
While it was a rewarding experience for the teens, they were also thrilled to have had the opportunity to complete it their way.
“It was a lot of work, but I can’t describe how exciting it was,” said Rosario. “We got to show who we were and be ourselves. We didn’t have to change to do this. We had the chance to express ourselves, and I did it with my friends, people I enjoy being around.”