Local group seeks singers for America the Beautiful video

Pikes Peak is the inspiration for the song America the Beautiful. Local want to sing about it.

A group of Colorado Springs leaders want to make a video of locals singing America the Beautiful and they hope it goes viral.

It’s an attempt to market the Pikes Peak region. They are calling the singing project Pikes Peak Sings, and they are hoping people from across the community will participate.

City Councilman Tim Leigh recently led a small group to brainstorm ideas on how the song American the Beautiful — the song penned after Katharine Lee Bates’ visit to the summit of Pikes Peak –  could be used to gain national awareness for the area.

The idea was inspired by a video by the Grand Rapids “Lip Dub” – where community members sang “American Pie” and posted it on You Tube. In the Pikes Peak Sings video the goal is to film community members and leaders singing America the Beautiful at iconic locations including the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

The end result will also include video snippets from groups such as the Air Force Academy, Colorado College and The Broadmoor.

The finished version will be unveiled at the Spirit of the Springs Summer celebration on Aug. 14 in America the Beautiful Park.

Those who are interested can participate by following project updates on Facebook and Twitter, singing at the locations listed below, submitting their own video for consideration and attending the Spirit of the Springs celebration in August.

Public Filming Sessions:

8 a.m. June 18: Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, West Side Entrance,215 S. Tejon Street.

8 a.m. June 27: Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, Upstairs Outdoor Balcony, 1805 N. 30th Street.