Cincinnati is singing and hopes you'll catch the tune

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A music video that showcases some of the best the Queen City has to offer made it's debut on Thursday.

Mayor Mark Mallory, council members, and some local celebrities were on hand on Fountain Square for the world premiere.

Council member Laure Quinlivan produced the video. She also secured the rights to John Fogerty's classic song "Proud Mary," wrote lyrics to highlight Cincinnati's musical history, and enlisted Cincinnati's Bootsy Collins to produce the song.

"I think it's really important for the city to become better known as something, and why not the city that sings?" said Quinlivan, Chair of the Council committee that oversees arts, culture, and marketing. "I love what that says about us. I love that image in my head."

This project began in January, after City Council unanimously supported Quinlivan's proposal to brand Cincinnati as 'the City that Sings,' at least through the World Choir Games. The slogan was proposed by Bob Stevie, Director of the Cincinnati Sister Cities Organization, after participating in discussions of Cincinnati's image in Strategic Growth Committee meetings in 2011. The PPS Group donated production services and shot the video with Quinlivan and celebrities in key Cincinnati locations in April. Quinlivan raised private dollars to fund the video project. The video features hot spots and hidden gems.

"We wanted to showcase some of the things about Cincinnati that don't usually make it into our promotions," said Quinlivan. "For example, we shot with Gary Owen on Vine Street."

Quinlivan gave council members a sneak peak on Wednesday.

Quinlivan said seven local celebrities lent their time and talent for free, including: talk show host and former Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer, Cincinnati residents and entertainers Nick and Drew Lachey, Clermont County resident and international funk master Bootsy Collins, Milford resident and American Idol finalist Eben Franckewitz, Liberty Township resident, comedian and actor Gary Owen, and Green Hills native Naked Cowboy (Robert Burck).

Local performers from the School for Creative & Performing Arts, Cincinnati Ballet II Company, UC's College-Conservatory of Music, and McAuley High School were also featured in the video.

Quinlivan said the celebrities were all excited to be a part of something that would help provide a warm welcome for those in town for the World Choir Games on July 14th.

"Obviously {the World Choir Games} is the biggest event that the city's ever hosted," said Mayor Mark Mallory. "We need to do all that we can to get the city excited and prepared to host all these people from all these countries that are going to come here and sing for the summer."

Quinlivan said the video promotes the city. She hopes it will go viral and encourage more people to visit Cincinnati.

"I think when people have a concept of a city, they're more likely to want to visit," said Quinlivan. "They're more likely to want to relocate, and that is an issue for us when we're trying to attract companies and conventions, top artistic talent."

The video has been posted online on Youtube and Facebook.

The City That Sings slogan has also been incorporated on 500 flower planters placed through downtown for the World Choir Games. Visitors who arrive at the airport will see billboards splashed with 'Cincinnati, The City that Sings,' and the slogan appears on a new wall mural by the Purple People Bridge.

Quinlivan also wants citizens to create their own versions of the music video and upload them to the YouTube/CityThat Sings, for a chance to win cash prizes. Judges from local media outlets will choose the winners. Confirmed judges so far include Fox19's Tricia Macke and Sheila Gray, WLWT's Jonathan Hawgood, WCPO-TV's Julie O'Neill, WKRC's Katie Clavey, WDBZ radio host Lincoln Ware, the Enquirer's John Kiesewetter, and Michael Beck of Midwest Latino.

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