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Featured Artists and Songs

We are featuring a fun selection of songs about celebrating childhood! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

One Love

Aaron Nigel Smith

 
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Tell us about your music:

I write and record music with the hope of engaging, entertaining and educating kids and families. Although most of my songs are original compositions, I enjoy adding my own spin to traditional folk and classic reggae songs like this one from Bob Marley. I am happiest when I look out into the crowd and see families singing, dancing and playing together to the sounds of my music.

 
About your song:
One Love is perhaps one of the most popular reggae songs of all time. In this classic Bob Marley tune we sing One Love, One Heart/ Let's get together and feel all right. One World Chorus recorded the track as a collaborative effort among kids in the USA, Kenya, and Jamaica. More than 300 children sang on this special project. It's a true celebration of children and childhood everywhere. Marley's message of peace and unity shines through the collective voices of One World Chorus. We'll be releasing a new album of Marley's songs in spring 2015.
 
What you hope children & families will get from this song:
It is my hope that all who hear our arrangement of One Love will enjoy the interpretation of this Bob Marley classic. I would love for the listener to be moved to action whether it's singing or dancing along, or trying to be a little kinder to their neighbors.
 
© Aaron Nigel Smith
www.oneworldchorus.org

Kid of the Week

The Not-Its!

 
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Tell us about your music:

The Not-Its! are a full rock band for kids. We have just released our 6th album titled “Are You Listening?” Our goal is to make the kind of music that we like to listen to with family friendly lyrics. The fact that we have parent fans as well as kid fans is one of our proudest accomplishments.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

The idea of this song was initiated by bassist Jennie Helvern and drummer Michael Welke on an airplane on the way back from one of our out of town shows. The band fleshed it out in practice and it is a great example of our songwriting process. The germ of an idea will come from one or two band members and then the rest of us collaborate to bring it to fruition. What kid doesn’t want to feel special? This song is our punk/pop way of honoring kids on a special day. Not every day can be amazing. But an epic day deserves an epic song. Ladies and gentlemen, we present “Kid of the Week” 

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

 One of the most important things we do is to get families singing and dancing together. That goes for all of our songs, including “Kid of the Week.”

This is also a kind of superhero song. Every kid is special and extraordinary in some way. This is an anthem for a child who is feeling awesome, or maybe one who doesn’t feel so awesome and needs a little boost.

© The Not-Its!

www.wearethenot-its.com

Dancin' in the Kitchen

Cathy & Marcy

 
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Tell us about your music:

 We are Americana & roots artists who have had parallel careers in children's/family music and music for adult audiences. Between us, we play more than 30 instruments including  guitar, five-string banjo, cello banjo, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, hammered dulcimer, percussion, world music flutes and whistles and more. We sing, harmonize, write songs, sing songs by others and sing/play a lot of traditional music. We have won 2 GRAMMY Awards in children's music and received 14 GRAMMY nominations for folk  albums and children's albums. We love making music with others and collaborating with other artists. 

About your songs (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

"Dancin’ in the Kitchen" was written as a Cajun song. We recorded it with the Savoy Family Cajun Band from Eunice, Louisiana. We wanted an authentic Cajun band to make the song come alive. It includes twin fiddles, Cajun accordion, rhythm guitar and stand-up bass. The song is al Cajun two-step and is easy and fun to dance to. The lyrics were inspired by families we know -- a family with "Momma" and "Mommy,” "Daddy" and "Papa" and more configurations. It is light-hearted and makes it fun to honor all families. 

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

 The song simply celebrates the diversity of families regardless of who the family "leaders" are. As a result, it makes all children ready to celebrate their own families and recognize that all families are not the same, and that's okay.

© Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

www.cathymarcy.com

The Together Song

Katydid

 
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Tell us about your music:

My songs are about making the most of playtime with my family. Whether it’s chasing each other around the house, playing soccer at the playground, or singing songs around the dinner table, my kids and I love to play and be silly, so often my songs have something to do with using play as a way to be closer as a family.

About your songs (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

I wrote a song recently called “Love My Lovey” (which appear on the Heart Beats album released by Mighty Mo Productions for Valentine’s Day), and it was based on my daughter Millie’s love of her favorite stuffed animal, a giraffe named Frank.

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

I hope it will help them celebrate all the little moments that make up a beautiful life with your family. Having fun together doesn’t have to mean grand gestures, big vacations or expensive toys—often, it’s as simple as an ice cream cone or a trip to the park. 

© Mighty Mo Productions

www.mightymoproductions.com

Box of Crayons

The Pop Ups

 
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Tell us about your music:

The Pop Ups have been a band since 2010.  We've been nominated for 2 GRAMMY awards for Best Children's Album, among others.   We perform with large scale props and puppets for a completely interactive experience. We like to write music with the ambitious goal of being educationally valuable for early childhood but completely relevant to adult tastes.  

About your songs (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

This song was written to be drawn along to during the performance.  We wanted to write a song about colors, but also wanted it to tell a story that could be drawn along by listeners at home, or by one of us on stage!  It actually features an electric sitar-guitar.  A very interesting sound. 

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

We'd love for listeners to have a sense of wonder and be inspired to draw!

© The Pop Ups 

 www.thepopups.com

I Can See It Now

Sugar Free Allstars

 
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Tell us about your music:

We are Chris (Boom!) Wiser and Rob (Dr. Rock) Martin, a Grammy-featured, family funk super duo from Oklahoma City. We have been listed as one of Time magazine's top 12 family music acts in America. We blend elements of soul, rhythm & blues, disco, gospel and New Orleans street parade music to provide a high energy rock show dance party experience that has been described as a funky, foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, body movin’ and groovin’ dance-until-you-drop party for all ages. 

About your songs (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):

This song was inspired by our singer Boom's two sons, who both love to draw. Sometimes we aren't quite sure at first what their drawings are supposed to be depicting, so we try to have them tell us. We always express how impressed we are. The song is special because it’s the first time Chris’ wife and older son have ever been featured on a recording (they do the kid and mom speaking parts). We kept the instruments simple on this one, just piano and drums.

What you hope children & families will get from this song:

The artwork your kids create for you is the best, even if you aren't exactly sure what it's supposed to be. You don’t want to offend the artist by saying that the picture is of something that the artist didn’t intend it to be! But that doesn't matter, because as a parent you are still really proud of it and want to show it off in a place where everyone can see it. It’s really important to encourage this creativity, especially as it is still developing at a young age, because it’s this PROCESS of creating that helps young minds grow emotionally and intellectually. And who knows, they may just become the next Picasso! From personal experience we know it to be true that, as a band, we would definitely not be where we are now without our parents supporting and encouraging our artistic endeavors from a very young age.

© Sugar Free Allstars

www.sugarfreeallstars.com