Powell World Nation

“Dos Corazones”

Cynthia Haring came to Florida in 1997 to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at Powell Middle School in Brooksville, Florida.  While there she formed the Powell World Nation Singers. A few years later they recorded “Dos Corazones,” her first bilingual Spanish/English composition, and a revised “La Paz Means Peace” featuring towns of Hernando County.  These songs were recorded with Jim Beckwith at his Common Touch Recording studio in Tampa. They featured some talented, local singers – Shawn (9) and Jessica Doolittle (6); the exceptional drumming talents of Anand Shiva Mani of India; and the creative guitar work of Mark Tinker, a local high school student.  We did not take the master tracks at the time, and once the studio closed, it took us seven years to locate Jim Beckwith again. Due to a loss of the master tracks, we were unable to remix the songs with the children for final release.

From 1998-2002, the Powell World Nation Singers performed for more than 10,000 people at schools and community, regional and state events, including Sunshine State TESOL in Orlando in 1999.  Then, with students going on to high school, graduating, and moving to new places, the group became known simply as Tampa Bay World Nation.