Detroit School Choir Covers Pharrell's 'Happy'

Ralphie Aversa
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Young and old alike continue to dance and sing along to Pharrell Williams's hit "Happy." The latest ensemble to tackle the chart-topping track is a group of elementary school students, and they're sure to leave you smiling.

The Internet craze surrounding "Happy" started in December of last year. Schools, organizations, and individuals posted videos of themselves lip-synching and dancing along to the catchy tune. Online interest has grown as the song has gained popularity and climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Now the hit has been covered by a group of talented kids in Motown. Students at the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences recently sang a rendition of "Happy." More than 40 kids jam along to the track, complete with synchronized dance moves.

Edward Bone, whose daughter Aisha sings in the choir, posted the video to YouTube. It has received more than 200,000 views since he uploaded it on March 7. "Now that's what this song is all about," wrote one commenter. 

This is far from the DAAS choir's first taste of Internet stardom. The kids reworked Jay Z and Alicia Keys's "Empire State of Mind" for their version, called "Detroit State of Mind." The choir also covered the Black Eyed Peas' breakout anthem, "Where Is the Love?" 

In addition to being on YouTube, the students have performed at halftime for the Detroit Lions and opened up for Chaka Khan and the O'Jays.

The school states on its website that its mission is "to provide a high quality, education anchored in the arts and sciences that prepares our student to compete in a global society."