June 21, 2007 |
THE report card is in: Tom Chapin gets an A-plus. Performing first for adults in the 1960s as part of the Chapin Brothers with brother Harry, then jumping into the children's arena in the 1980s, singer-songwriter Chapin has an unusually loyal fan base of teachers who routinely use the East Coast folkie's songs in classrooms across the country.
August 19, 2004 |
Chicago-based pop artist Justin Roberts, who will perform a family concert at Theatricum Botanicum on Sunday, continues to turn out some of the best children's music in the business: hip and sophisticated enough for adults to enjoy, but never losing sight of his target audience. His fourth children's music CD, the just released "Way Out," is no exception.
December 5, 2002 |
Waylon Jennings and Collin Raye did it. Keb' Mo, Harry Connick Jr. and Dom DeLuise have done it. John Lithgow has made it a part-time occupation. It seems to have become almost obligatory for artists to make at least one kids' album. Dan Zanes, former lead singer of the high-profile, gritty 1980s Del Fuegos rock band, however, crossed over and stayed. "I feel like I found my calling," the raspy-voiced rocker said, "but it found me, really."
July 21, 2001 |
"Kiddie music" isn't Keb' Mo's thing. Making a children's album wasn't remotely on the to-do list of this two-time Grammy Award-winning blues artist. When he first agreed to record for Sony Wonder, the children's and family division of Sony Music and Epic Records, it was an "I'll show up in the studio, then get back to my real work" kind of thing. Then he got hooked. The unconventional result is the new release "Big Wide Grin," an intimate celebration of life, family and the freedom to be.
July 13, 2000 |
Children's music artists don't have the record company clout or nationally promoted high profile of rock and rap stars, so when a handful of the best get together for a concert, it might not seem such a big deal. But if any children in your life have even a passing acquaintance with the top talent scheduled to perform in the fifth annual "Sunday Funday" musical blowout Sunday in West Hills, you'll know it's a rare opportunity to see a stellar lineup.
December 1, 1997 |
In Connie Johnson's review of "Anastasia: Music From the Motion Picture," she makes the sweeping statement that "depth and kid-friendliness aren't usually viewed as compatible" (" 'Anastasia' Soundtrack Offers Kid-Friendly Array of Songs," Calendar, Nov. 8). Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the best of children's music is often the best that music has to offer. Johnson confuses depth with complexity.