Funky Kidz is over 37 minutes of award-winning musical compilations, featuring some
of the best classic children’s songs, such as “Zip A Dee Doo Dah” and “Yellow
Submarine.” With a steady, toe-tapping beat of drums, trumpets, saxophones, trombones, and electric guitars, this CD resonates the true New Orleans style.
That’s because all the performers on Funky Kidz are some of New Orleans’ finest artists and musicians, including Ivan Neville of the Neville Brothers, The Radiators,
George Porter Jr. of The Meters, Bonerama (featured on The Late Show with David
Letterman and in 2008 Sugar Bowl), and more.
You and your kids are sure to enjoy the upbeat, rockin’ tempos and a familiar yet unique blend of instrument and song. My favourites are “When I See An Elephant Fly,” with its funky beat and fun lyrics, and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” by Theresa Andersson. Her rendition of this timeless classic is truly beautiful.
As a progressive mother of two, executive producer Lauren Busch Singer was disappointed by the offerings of children’s music and set out to expose her kids to a variety of musical genres. From the time they were in her belly, she played everything from hard rock to classical ballads. Her sons, Jake, 9 (assistant producer), and Aidan, 6, developed a love to the upbeat New Orleans sound and so the concept was born: “Take kids songs and just make them funky.”
The consulting producer is Grammy winner Tracey Freeman, most noted for producing over a dozen Harry Connick, Jr. albums since the early 90s. The compilation project consultant is award-winning producer Steve Alaimo, co-writer and producer of the Allman Brothers’ “Melissa” and producer of Stephen Sills, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, and others.
A portion of the proceeds from Funky Kidz CD will go to fostering music education in classrooms throughout the country. They are working with the Grammy Foundation and other non-profits in working toward this goal.
FUNKY KIDZ™ is now available for purchase online at http://www.funkykidzmusic.com/, as well as at various local retailers and on iTunes.