Academics' Choice Award™ Winner
Wonderful YOUAges: 2 - 8
Type: Audio CD
By Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys
Adored by a legion of families nationwide, award-winning independent children's musician Vanessa Trien and her band The Jumping Monkeys showcase their special brand of acoustic folk-pop with a world flavor on 'Wonderful YOU,' a new 12-song album for kids and families set for release on October 14. This will be Vanessa's fourth album for families since her debut in 2005.
Musically vibrant and diverse, with guest spots by kindie music luminaries Alastair Moock, Rani Arbo, Barbara Brousal, and Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer), 'Wonderful YOU' has an underlying theme of "community." The album gives a musical hug to the listener - YOU - as it celebrates neighborhoods, family, and friends coming together to play, work, live, and of course, sing and dance.
Vanessa Trien is a first-class composer of original melodies that are artfully crafted, while at the same time displaying a natural quality that makes them easy for kids to sing along with and recall. Reminiscent of Woody Guthrie's children's songs, every number on Wonderful YOU has a compact message, style and flavor that is effortlessly comprehended and remembered by children and adults alike.
As a complement to her career as a professional musician, Vanessa, who holds a master's degree in education from Harvard University, has made a point of sharing her love of music through teaching preschool, primary, and elementary school-aged children in both New York City and Boston. Vanessa has taught early childhood music classes for nearly a dozen years in the Boston area. Her album, 'Wonderful YOU,' reflects her sensibility as both a performer and an educator, incorporating call and response, movement songs, varying musical genres, easily teachable choruses, and topics developing self-awareness and imagination.
Wonderful YOU will be available online beginning October 14 at http://www.vanessatrien.com, www.cdbaby.com, iTunes, www.vanessatrien.bandcamp.com, and many other online streaming sources.
Wonderful You was nothing but good vibes from the moment we pushed play until the last sweet song at the end. The first one was upbeat, fun and so easy to listen to. Vanessa's voice is clear and you can hear each word she is singing. This made it easy to follow the lyrics and sing along when the chorus came back around. Wonderful You is a Wonderful CD!
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