Farmington Junior High School students Alexa and Natalee Falk wanted to record a song that dealt with loved ones saying farewell.
"We wrote this song, 'Kiss Across the Ocean,' that dealt with separation," said Alexa Falk. "We had it written and then the war with Iraq broke out, and we decided to use the song to do something good."
The song, which became a No. 1 hit for Brazilian pop singer Wanessa Camargo earlier this year, was written and composed by the Falk sisters and producer Jason Deere. After its success in South America, the sisters decided to record the song themselves and release it as a single in the United States. The two then decided to donate the song's proceeds to help children whose parents are serving in Iraq.
"I like the idea of helping other people with our music," said Alexa, 13. "It's nice that we can do something helpful, being as young as we are."
"Everything kind of fell into place with this song," said Natalee, 11. "There were a lot of people interested in the song and we had an idea that meant a lot to many people."
Alexa and Natalee are releasing a new album next week on the Warner/Chappel label. And the single "Kiss Across the Ocean" can be purchased on their Web site at www.alexaandnatalee.com.
They grew up watching musicals such as "The Little Mermaid" and singing all around the house. They sang so much that their parents, Mike and Analee, decided to put them in singing lessons.
"We started playing instruments 1 1/2 years ago," said Natalee. "Alexa started on guitar and I started on piano. And now we're both learning each other's instruments so we can play more duets."
Alexa Falk has been writing songs for a few years. Camargo has recorded three of Alexa's songs, and another Brazilian artist, Luiza Possi, picked up two more Falk-penned tunes for one of his albums.
JULY 4 IS just around the corner. Here is a handful of patriotic-themed albums to help you celebrate America's birthday:
Mannheim Steamroller teamed earlier this year with C.W. McCall (William Fries), yes, the same guy who recorded the No. 1 hit "Convoy" in 1975, for "American Spirit."
The album features songs like the "Star-Spangled Banner," "Home on the Range," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and, of course, a new version of "Convoy."
Daniel Rodruiguez, the singing New York cop, released his album "The Spirit of America" last year. The album features "America the Beautiful," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "God Bless America."
Greg London released an independent album called "Song of America" last year. It contains his versions of "God Bless America," "Imagine" and "The American Triology Medley." It also features those songs in instrumental form.
Columbia Records has released "America the Beautiful," a compilation featuring Johnny Cash's "Ragged Old Flag" and "Song of the Patriot," Kate Smith's "God Bless America" and John Wayne's "Davy Crockett's Speech (Republic Is One of Those Words. . .)."
And finally, but certainly not the last in this non-all-inclusive list, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released "The Majesty of America" a few months ago. This compilation includes the choir's rendition of "You're a Grand Old Flag," "My Country 'Tis of Thee," "This Is My Country," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again."
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