The impressive field of authentic, satisfying music made to delight kids and their grown-ups continues to get big recognition in the music industry. This year, some truly stellar kids’ records have been nominated for the Grammy for Best Children’s Album. All of these excellent artists have contributed music videos to our show!
Justin Roberts (see “Recess” video and interview on Episode 5) gets his second Grammy nod, this time for the album “Recess” after having been nominated for Jungle Gym, released in 2010. Amy, the Cool Rockin’ Mommy, interviewed Justin after an inspiring performance at the Sensory Friendly Theater at Union County Performing Arts Center.
Alastair Moock (see “When I Get Bald” video on Episode 4) has helped his own family heal through song, and he’s made the bet that this stellar collection of songs will help your family cope with whatever adversity you must face (big or small) too. The album is titled “Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids“.
Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower (see “Baby Born Today” video by Elizabeth Mitchell and Friends on Episode 6) is a mainstay in kindie folk and has formed a powerful alliance with Smisthsonian Folkways to help preserve a way of making music that is a vital link to America’s traditions and history. The band’s latest album “Blue Clouds” can whisper a blissful calm into your family’s home.
Beth Nielsen Chapman (see “The Moon” video on Episode 5) has earned her nomination with “The Mighty Sky,” an elegant musical vehicle for teaching science to kids and kids at heart. This Nashville-based singer/songwriter, who has written songs for Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris and Bette Midler, to name a just a small sampling, had teamed up with the director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory to create these flowing, fact-filled songs. Stay tuned to our show for her video “The Moon” – one of my daughter’s current favorites!
Jennifer Gasoi (see “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” video on Episode 6″) is no stranger to major recording industry award nominations. Her current album “Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well” had been nominated for Canada’s prestigious Juno Awards and is now nominated for a Grammy as well.
Congratulations to all the nominees and, once again, the real winners are the kids and families who get to soak up all this rich and vibrant music together!
Plus, we have a Latin Grammy winner already! Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (See their video “Thingamajig” on Episode 1) took home the hardware for their all-Spanish language album “¡Fantastico!” as they won for Best Children’s Album that evening. “Thingamajig” is on an English-language album, “Lishy Lou and Lucky Too,” a nod to the radio plays of yesteryear, filled with skits, puns and upbeat tunes.