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Featured Artists and Songs

We're excited to feature a fun selection of songs to sing along, dance, and learn with young children at home or in the classroom. These songs celebrate childhood, just in time for Week of the Young Child, April 24-28! Be sure to visit http://www.naeyc.org/tyc/backpack/woyc and www.naeyc.org/woyc for ideas to celebrate Music Monday and the rest of the themed days of the celebration week!

Rainbows

Michael & The Rockness Monsters

 
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Tell us about your music: We are a funky, alternative rock family band created by Preschool of Rock™ founders and teachers. We have tons of experience working with parents and children of all ages - it helps when writing music for all of them! Our latest record, Funny Faces, presents the perfect balance of silly and serious. The record sends message of unity and friendship and we hope you laugh along the way!

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): The world is filled with beautiful experiences and little moments that truly need to be embraced. This song reminds you to live in the moment, and notice the little characteristics of this world we live in. Whether it be a rainbow, a pizza pie, or your family or your friends - give them a hug - though the rainbow may be tough. We always create a fun and most silly experience together recording with our buddy Dean Jones. Our favorite instrument on this track is the slide guitar. Funny, it was a little out of tune, and fit just perfect.

What you hope children & families will get from this song: The goal of all of our music is to blur the line between 'children' and 'adult' music. We hope the listener leaves feeling a little more love. We tried to target everyone's interest in this song whether a toddler or a grandfather. We hope everyone identifies with with one of the items in the song. I'm feeling toddlers will go for the pizza pie. We would!

http://www.michaelandtherocknessmonsters.com

Say Say My Playmate

KB Whirly

 
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Tell us about your music:

KB Whirly is a magical, groovy, get up and dance, one-man band who sings with passion, charm, and humor, resulting in irrepressible fun for the whole family. A blend of folk, blues, and Americana - KB Whirly adeptly juggles multiple instruments and performs with a youthful exuberance aimed at cultivating a shared passion for music.

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

This is one of the "classic" songs that I remember from my childhood kid - and what was so great about this recording - is that I was able to bring in over a dozen other kindie artists to record themselves joining in on the chorus. It really brings together the "hootenanny" vibe that I was going for - and the it reinforces the ideas of community and collaboration, which are 2 really important things to me. 

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

FUN FUN FUN! And dancing. This song isn't so much about a moral, or a lesson -- though I do pepper the lyrics with the idea of good sportsmanship (something you learn at camp!) It's much more about coming together and hootin' and hollerin' with friends and family. It's an invitation to celebrate the joys of summer, of childhood, of camp.

www.kbwhirly.com/music

I Spy

JoJo & The Pinecones

 
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Tell us about your music:  JoJo & The Pinecones bring their skillful musicianship and love of jazz to the family audience. Our first kids album, “Night & Day” is a collection of inspired original songs and thoughtfully curated and reimagined, family-friendly jazz standards. The themes of the album reflect mindfulness and awareness of our daily life including being present for the moments that make up your day from beginning to end and the people that you share that time with. The 'Day' portion of the album is meant to feel energizing and exciting with faster and more upbeat songs to listen to while preparing for and participating in your day where the 'Night' part provides a more soothing and relaxing element, something you might to get ready for bed and go to sleep to.

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): Written by Joelle Lurie & Ben Gallina (vocals & bass in the band), we brought in 2016 Grammy winner, Tim Kubart, to be a special guest on this song and made it a fun duet!

What you hope children & families will get from this song: This is a song about the beloved children’s game that definitely promotes our goal and theme for mindfulness in a busy world. It’s important for us all to take the time to notice all the special things among us -- either in the busy city or in the peaceful country.

www.jojopinecones.com

Let’s Play (from the album Let’s Play and Best of Raffi)

Raffi

 
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Tell us about your music: For 40 years I have recorded and sung singable songs, songs that kids could make their own. My music respects children as whole people with a dignity all their own.

About your songs (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): As kids can enjoy a variety of sounds and music styles, I have included a great diversity of instrumental tones, tempos and rhythms in my songs. I’m inspired by Mother Nature, humor, and compassion as I write and record songs for the very young and those who love them.

What you hope children & families will get from this song: “Let’s Play” celebrates children and childhood with a call to join in play, the essential work of all young people. Play is the best way kids grow in understanding themselves and the world we share. Play is the innate and universal way for fun, creativity and learning. I hope the song inspires smiles, movement and...play.

Read our interview with Raffi!

 www.raffinews.com

L.O.V.E.

Little Miss Ann and Amy D

 
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Tell us about your music:

Our music is melodic, singable, upbeat, and interactive. There's also a nurturing vibe present in our tunes. In addition, we use unique instrumentation and harmonies, plus different musical genres like bluegrass, calypso, gospel, folk, country, and rock. .

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

L.O.V.E. was the first song Amy D wrote for the album: "When I began to contemplate what I wanted to put out into the world, the answer was simple: love." Our producer, Dean Jones, really shaped this song in the studio, from the unconventional percussion instruments (tongue drum and udu) to the doo-wop inspired background vocals. We had a lot of fun recording this tune, and he really captured that playful spirit on the track.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: 

The message we hope others get from this song: show love, give love, and spread love.

www.littlemissann.com

Wiggle Workout

Dana Cohenour

 
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Tell us about your music: I have been blessed to work with children for over 20 years, writing, recording and performing my music for families across America. My goal is to introduce children to numerous musical genres while engaging their minds, bodies and imaginations. My songs are highly interactive and action oriented, inviting kids to participate and literally jump into the music. My previous albums have won 17 national awards and have included everything from classic jazz, country and zydeco, to rock & roll fairy tales. My newest release is all about getting kids away from their screens and up and moving!

About your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.): With so many children spending more time watching their screens than running and playing outside these days, I wanted to write a fun song that would inspire kids to be “as healthy as can be” and learn the importance of staying active and strong. Drawing from my own workout routines, the movements are simple, yet kid friendly and fun to do. Using a driving rock & roll beat as motivation, the song is not only a great workout for kids, but their grown-ups, too!

What you hope children & families will get from this song: A rockin’, sweaty, good time! (And a healthy body along the way!)

Enjoy the music video for Wiggle Workout!

www.danasmusicplayground.com