Vanessa Trien (recipient of three Parents Choice awards) and her band The Jumping Monkeys. It's an album designed to celebrate the listener and community - neighborhoods, friends, and family coming together for work or fun.
The album has an easy acoustic folk style, with melodies that are both sophisticated and child-friendly. The songs are catchy, but didn't really get stuck in my head like annoying ear worms. The tracks include other influences as well - reggae, pop, jazz, Western - but blend together to create a cohesive set. There's even a cover of All Together Now by the Beatles. It's a good, inspirational album for kids exploring relationships and the world around them.
Wonderful YOU will be available online at www.vanessatrien.com, CDBaby.com, and iTunes.
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