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AARON NIGEL SMITH – “ONE” – www.aaronnigelsmith.com
For more than 15 years, Aaron Nigel Smith has been educating, entertaining and empowering youth around the world through music. His latest recording One is a collection of lively, original reggae tunes, along with Jamaican & African folk songs.
Aaron Nigel Smith shares a message of peace and love for family, neighbors and community with this his 5th album for children, out on April 22, 2016. This eleven track album features reggae music icon Ernie Smith along with appearances by Dub Tonic Cru, Ras I, and Grammy Award-winning children’s music performers Father Goose and Tommy Shepherd (Alphabet Rockers). Award-winning reggae music veteran Deleon “Jubba” White, co-produced this special project and helps to bring Aaron’s sound to a new level.
On April 11, Aaron’s rendition of the Bob Marley classic song “One Love” will be the Music Monday selection for Week of the Young Childcelebrations, an event presented each year by the National Association for the Education of Young Children! Click here to pre-order your copy!
RED YARN – WAKE UP & SING — www.redyarnproductions.com
Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson), the acclaimed family folk songster and puppeteer from Portland, releases this bright new collection of classic and original songs allows fans to bring home the magic of a Red Yarn’s energetic live shows, sprinkled with studio magic by renowned family music producer Dean Jones.
Wake Up & Sing is an homage to Furgeson’s favorite old children’s records and songbooks, as well as to the great American folk canon championed by Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and other classic bards. Red Yarn emerges from the Deep Woods – the weird animal world he explored in his first two albums – to sing sunnier songs about waking up, childhood play, animal adventures, and parenting.
In March 2015, Furgeson made a pilgrimage to the Hudson River Valley to see the environments that inspired some of his musical heroes, from Seeger’s Clearwater to The Band’s Big Pink house in Woodstock. Furgeson spent two days at GRAMMY Award winning producer Dean Jones’ No Parking Studio in Rosendale, NY, intending to record a six-song EP. Jones coaxed out 12 songs, as Furgeson dug deep into his notebooks of folksong adaptations and rhymes he’d written for his young son. Over the course of the next year, Furgeson and Jones bounced tracks back and forth, crafting 11 of them into a full-length album. Wake Up & Sing refines the lush and lively folk-rock sound Red Yarn established with Red Yarn’s two earlier Deep Woods albums. Watch for guest appearances by Grammy Award nominated artist Morgan Taylor (Gustafer Yellowgold), Portland kindie mainstay Mo Phillips and cellist Jane Scarpantoni.
Four years in the making, the new Sugar Free Allstars album is their most ambitious to date, with nods to the funk, rock and R&B sounds of the 1970s and ‘80s that greatly influenced them. Elements of Parliament Funkadelic, early ‘80s Prince, old-school rap, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, Dixieland, New Orleans Second Line and even some barbershop quartet can be heard in the tunes that make up their fourth family oriented release. The deliciously eclectic self-titled album is a reintroduction of their family funk super duo style complete with new logo and branding. Special guest artists helping out on the album are Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul) on vocals, Roger Manning Jr (member of Beck’s band since 1995 and founding member of Jellyfish and Moog Cookbook) on keyboards and Fred Tackett (recorded/toured with Bob Dylan and current member of Little Feat) on electric guitar. Recorded at Bell Labs in Norman, engineered by Trent Bell and produced by SFA and Trent Bell. Trust me, get your copy now!! Great music for the family enjoy!!