Seattle, October 2016 – Amazon Originals and Amazon Prime Music have been busy this fall fall presenting new family music. Adding to this growing catalog of smart and award-winning music is Lisa Loeb’s new original family album, Feel What U Feel, available exclusively for streaming on Prime Music starting October 7.
Prime members may now pre-order Feel What U Feel for digital download and physical purchase on Amazon Music—customers who pre-order the digital album will also automatically receive an MP3 download of the title track, “Feel What U Feel” featuring actor, Craig Robinson (Mr. Robot, The Office), on vocals.
In addition to Robinson, the album also features guest performances from actor and musician friends of Loeb’s, including; Ed Helms (The Hangover), Renee Stahl Dektor (of Renee & Jeremy), and Kyler England (The Rescues).
The GRAMMY nominated artist known for her platinum-selling number one hit “Stay (I Missed You”), was excited to work with Amazon Music again for the release of Feel What U Feel after the success of her third children’s album and first original for Amazon Music released last year, Nursery Rhyme Parade!, which received awards from the American Library Association, Kids First! and Parents’ Choice.
“As an independent artist, it’s wonderful to find new ways of sharing my music and Amazon reaches an incredibly wide audience. As a parent, I love the convenience of selecting music from Amazon. The company offers fans easy and fun ways to discover and enjoy new music,” said Loeb.
Feel What U Feel is inspired by Loeb’s childhood memories and her experiences as a parent. The collection of 12 songs blur the lines of traditional children’s music to create an album that can be enjoyed by both kids and parents alike. Additionally, a video including various songs from the album will be released later this year.
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts, a leading independent family music artist, and “hands-down the best songwriter in the genre” (USA Today), will release a new album of original songs for families called Lemonade on October 14.
Lemonade is Justin’s 13th album for families, and it contains 12 new original songs. As Roberts says, “It’s the musical equivalent of an impromptu lemonade stand popping up in the summer heat.” Featuring dynamic performances by Chicago-based Robbie Fulks on lead acoustic guitar and banjo, Gerald Dowd on cardboard boxes, paint cans, salt shakers, and other homemade instruments, and John Abbey on upright bass, Lemonade is like no other Justin Roberts recording. The fresh, clean sounds are diversely dotted with ukulele, piano, cello, fiddle, marimba, and harpsichord, along with lovely harmonies by Nora O’Connor (Neko Case, The Decemberists), Anna Jacobson, and others.
Hailed by fellow family music artist Dan Zanes as “super soulful music that speaks to the wide-eyed years of childhood,” Lemonade sounds like a live Justin Roberts concert on a perfect summer day. The engaging sing-along arrangements remain true to the artist’s ability to capture moments of what it’s like to be a kid in a way that is both poignant and fun. People of any age can find delight and wonder in the sunny, danceable music. Roberts composed several of these songs with a ukulele which he received from Grammy-winning artist Marcy Marxer as a gift.
Congratulation to Tim Kubart for winning a Grammy for his children album Home!! Tim Kubart’s Kids and Family Music shows and albums are an indie pop experience for all ages.
Tim tours the show nationally with his band (the Space Cadets) and plays songs about familiar and iconic childhood experiences with indie flair. Songwriters Tim Kubart and Matt Puckett weave their own childhood memories through textured pop tunes that bridge the gap between innocence and wisdom in a way for listeners of all ages to appreciate and understand.
The show can be adapted for your purpose and venue. From park bandshells to renowned theaters and museums to a stage at Lollapalooza and more, Tim’s performance is an engaging, interactive set of original songs and stories. It’s a dance party from beginning to end. The band is available in multiple configurations, from Tim and his tap-dancing sidekick to a full six-piece band. There’s even room for optional brass, orchestra, and guest artists
Best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner has just released a fully remastered digital album, “Love.” Featuring songs performed by Laurie Berkner and personally selected from eight of Laurie’s best-loved albums, “Love” celebrates that mysterious force that makes the world go ‘round while showcasing a world class voice gracefully delivering a virtuosic range of moods and musical styles.
With a warm mix of sixteen songs (plus two super sweet bonus tracks!), Love essays love as a two-way street connecting the child, the parent, and the world. From snuggle-up songs like “I Gave My Love A Cherry” (featuring Laurie’s daughter, Lucy Mueller) and the goodnight lullaby “Your Beautiful Eyes” to get-up-and-dance favorites like “My Family,” Love provides a great way to say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day and throughout the year.
Reflecting on Valentine’s Day, Laurie Berkner says, “I noticed how many of my songs are about loving someone in your family, loving someone in your life, and loving yourself. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it would be fun to put those songs together on one album. Valentine’s Day is so often thought of in terms of romantic love, but, to me, it speaks to all the aspects of love in a much more inclusive way. There are so many kinds of love in the world! I want to celebrate all of them.”
Jason Didner is pleased to share a new hero-themed power-pop song perfect for kids of all ages and families. It’s titled “My Superpower” and it honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, and Justice Thurgood Marshall. It also establishes certain traits depicted in superhero comic books, like preparedness, persistence, and gentle kindness, traits that people in real life can emulate.The proceeds from this single will be donated to the Light of Day Foundation, a group dedicated to research and treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. You can also hear “My Superpower” spinning on Tot’s Radio!
Snuggle up with Heart Beats for Valentine’s Day and Beyond
Kansas City, MO, January 2016 – It’s the season for sharing the love with friends and family far and wide. This year, a new collection of all-ages music from Mighty Mo Productions will provide a sweet soundtrack to the festival of card-writing and candy. Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families will be available on January 22 at select retail and digital outlets ($9.99 CD, $8.99 digital). Every day becomes Valentine’s Day with these swoon-worthy, sing-able tunes in styles ranging from indie folk and pop to surf rock and swingy jazz. To celebrate the season of love, Mighty Mo will host mini-concerts with the featured artists at select Hallmark stores.
Listen here: http://www.mightymoproductions.com/heartbeats
On January 15, 2016, Raffi will release Owl Singalong, a new album of songs for children.
Owl Singalong is the follow up to Raffi’s acclaimed 2014 release Love Bug, which was his first set of children’s songs in twelve years. The new album picks up where its predecessor left off, embodying all of the musical and personal qualities that have long established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners.
The 16-song Owl Singalong—whose title song was inspired by both the owls the artist would hear nightly outside his home on Salt Spring Island, Canada, and by his grand-niece Lucie’s enthusiasm for her stuffed-toy owl—continues Raffi’s commitment to entertain his young audiences in ways that are educational, uplifting, and—most important—fun.
To watch the “Owl Singalong” video, and read an interview with Raffi, go to http://yhoo.it/1GYVUeX.
CHILDREN’S ALBUM GRAMMY® Nominees Perform at Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Saturday, February 13
All five nominees perform a public show for families; ticket proceeds benefit music in the schools
Los Angeles, January 8, 2016 – The Children’s Recording Arts Alliance announces the seventh annual charity benefit performance featuring all five of this year’s children’s album GRAMMY® Award nominees. This year’s public concert at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, CA, will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11 am to 12 noon. All ticket sales benefit the Symphony Jazz Orchestra’s music in the schools program.
SiriusXM Kids Place Live hosts Kenny and Mindy will emcee the concert, at 6801 Hollywood Blvd, in the Hollywood & Highland complex. Tickets to the one-hour, all-ages concert ($15 in advance, $20 day of show) are available via BrownPaperTickets .
Musical styles at the all-ages performance will range from indie pop to jazz and bilingual Latin American rhythms. This year’s concert is noteworthy because all five nominated artists are independent musicians: Gustafer Yellowgold, Lori Henriques, Tim Kubart, Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly, and José-Luis Orozco. All net proceeds from the performance will go to support The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s “Music in the Schools” residencies, which serve more than 3,400 students each week throughout Los Angeles county. With a unique curriculum for elementary age students, including its flagship “Bach to Bebop” residency, students in Compton, Long Beach, Watts, and the San Fernando Valley learn to become music creators, appreciators and performers.
Ranked #1 Children’s/Pop/Family Band in the Southeast, Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band brings an action packed, high-energy, interactive hour of dancing, jumpin’, wiggling, singing, moving fun to your family! Click here to purchase your tickets!
Children: $5 in advance / $8 at the door
Adults: $7 in advance / $10 at the door
*free for children 2 & under (lap sitters)
They Might Be Giants’ NEW Family Album
Available on November 27th via Idlewild Recordings
Featuring Songs from Dial-A-Song 2015
I always loved the creativity from TMBG. If you “think” you don’t know them, I’m sure you have heard a tune or two from them. One of their most noted songs is the “Hot Dog” from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the it’s wonderful theme song…M…I…C…K…E…Y…. M…O…U…S…E Now I think you understand. They are awesome!!
Why? is the eagerly awaited follow up to the band’s GRAMMY Award-winning Here Come the 123s and the GRAMMY-nominated Here Comes Science. The legendary originals return to the world of kids’ stuff with a fantastic set of new songs.Touching upon marriage equality, family diversity, elephants and more, TMBG emerge with a family-friendly series of memorable songs highlighted by the band’s token irresistible melodies.
Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love – the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more – plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream… or a really great pair of shoes.
Attention Parents & Teachers!!!! Be sure to bring your children to join us at this special event for singing, dancing, and having a great time together! These songs are like no other children’s songs you’ve heard! Both you and your children will thoroughly enjoy this and leave here singing songs of positivity, encouragement, and friendship! Dre is a singer, songwriter, and music producer that devotes all three talents into making music for children. He recently released a new CD titled, “Little People Big Dreams” which delivers a powerful message to children that they can do anything and be anyone they want to be with an emphasis on the importance of school and learning. His music inspires children to dream big and to reach for their goals.The cost for this event is only $1 and must be purchased through his website at drehilton.com
The Pop Ups release “Great Pretenders Club” exclusively with Amazon Music/Amazon Prime! Through dance-able electro-pop beats and smart lyrics, The Pop Ups continue to engage fans with songs that will spark imagination and creativity. Great Pretenders Club is inspired by the essential role of play in childhood development. Play is deeply tied to how animals (including human animals!) learn, adapt, and socialize. The Pop Ups wrote these songs to engage children (and bears) in imaginative play as a means of exploration and learning. The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) consulted noted biologist and animal ethologist Marc Bekoff PhD to write lyrics to reflect animal behavior and the human-centered “science of play.” Guest artists include GRAMMY nominated multi-instrumentalist, composer and lyricist Bernhoft and the indie band HAERTS. Children’s voices and characters from The Pop Ups’ puppet family also contribute to the joyous wall of sound. Details are at http://www.thepopups.com “Bird and Rhino” is the first animated video: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015WZZZW0
Sprout’s Tim Kubart releases new album “Home” He’s busted dance moves with the First Lady on Sprout Channel’s “Sunny Side Up Show;” aced an audition (with magical chicken Chica) for “America’s Got Talent;” and charmed the world as “Tambourine Guy” as part of Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube. Now, Tim Kubart will spread even more joy and kindness as he releases his second family album, Home. The album, with cover art by noted animator/illustrator Julia Pott, is available now. On October 2 and 3 Tim and Mother Falcon perform shows in Austin, including Austin City Limits. Visit www.timkubart.com to learn more.
A new children’s music label debuts with first album “Smiles Ahead”: A new music label launches this fall, curating and presenting hit songs from top artists under themes that resonate with parents and kids. From its origins on the banks of the mighty Missouri River, the Kansas City-based independent record label Mighty Mo Productions launches with their first album, “Smiles Ahead,” available at various retail and digital outlets on October 16th. Mighty Mo Productions began as the brainchild of award winning kids entertainer Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove as a way to more broadly distribute quality family music by cross-pollinating artists into new markets. The independent family music scene is flourishing, but often artists toil away in isolation, and one artist’s fans don’t realize that there’s a cadre of other great artists making smart and entertaining music for parents and kids to enjoy together. It’s easy to smile and feel right about the world while rocking along to the sunny songs featured on the new family music album Smiles Ahead. From the first track “Jump Up!” by Grammy nominated artist Brady Rymer, to positively peppy songs from The Pop Ups, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Frances England, Kira Willey and other luminaries, it’s clear that this is a feel-good collection. Making their debut onto the family music scene are country artist Rissi Palmer (“Best Day Ever”) and Katydid (“Together Song”). Indie rockers The Verve Pipe wrote a brand-new song just for this album, the rousing anthem, “Get Happy.” More thematic albums, also featuring kid-friendly and smart songs, are planned for early 2016. To learn more, visit www.mightymoproductions.com.
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