Detroit's Academy of Arts & Sciences students perform Pharrell Williams' hit song 'Happy' Monday at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. (Walt Disney World)
They’re happy now at the happiest place on Earth.
Detroit's Academy of Arts & Sciences students, whose singing of a joyful rendition of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" that went viral in March and has since been seen by more than 1.5 million on YouTube, became even more magical Monday when they were given the opportunity to perform the song at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
“I am so excited about the opportunity for our choir to perform at Disney,” said Maurice Morton, CEO of the Detroit Academy of Arts & Sciences. “They are truly talented, and they enjoy singing about issues that resonate with most people. This will be a magical experience that they will live with for the rest of their lives.”
Following the YouTube posting in March, the choir also was able to perform on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” at which DeGeneres presented them with a check for $50,000.
"We could never have imagined that the video would take off like it has," Morton told the News in March. "We've been swamped by phone calls, emails and messages.”
The topper was that the choir's version of "Happy" was just more or less an impromptu rehearsal.
"It was just a two-minute practice clip," Morton said. "They hadn't even learned the complete song. I was in the room at the time along with the choir director and a parent who video recorded it.
"The parent put it on YouTube, and it just took off."
Located on the 2900 block of East Jefferson, the 16-year-old academy emphasizes arts and sciences to motivate its 1,000 student body.