There comes a time in every parent’s life when a rhyme irrepressibly bubbles up from childhood – it could be “Humpty Dumpty,” or it could be “The Muffin Man,” and more likely it’s “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” These familiar words and melodies rise to the parent’s lips, and soon become a part of a family’s daily routines and the engine for inter-generational bonding.
“These are rhymes and melodies that stick in your head, they have such a power to connect people, and you almost remember them,” notes Lisa Loeb, whose album Nursery Rhyme Parade debuts exclusively with Amazon Music on October 16th. “They’re classics for a reason, and parents want to share them with their kids.”
Lisa Loeb’s features 35 familiar nursery rhymes and songs, collected from hundreds of possibilities in the children’s canon. Guest artists include singer-songwriter Renee Stahl, with children’s voices rounding out the inviting and joyful tone of the album. It’s one of two children’s albums debuting this fall as Amazon Music. Acclaimed children’s book and magazine illustrator Ekaterina Truhan created the sprightly animal parade art for the album, which also features a “selfie” image of Lisa Loeb on the front cover. The new recording will be available in both digital format and as a CD package, available on-demand.
The album grew out of Lisa’s own parenting experience. When her two children were toddlers, Lisa would read and sing along to rhymes from their collection of nursery rhyme books. As she shared these classic poems and songs with her kids, Lisa wondered if she remembered the melodies correctly. The nursery rhyme recordings she found were often gussied up with multi-track arrangements and sing-songy vocals. Nothing captured the way Lisa remembered her own parents and grandparents reciting and singing nursery rhymes. At Lisa’s concerts for families, she noticed that kids responded enthusiastically whenever she sang a familiar children’s song. “There’s a lot of satisfaction and comfort in singing along to songs you know. That’s even true for grown-ups,” she notes.
So, working with Los Angeles producer Rich Jacques, Lisa researched the melodies and lyrics to several of her family favorites and began recording them. Lisa’s own two children appear on the album: her daughter Lyla performs on a special version of “Star Light, Star Bright,” and her son Emet is heard on “This Little Piggy.” The result is a spare and intimate set of tracks, providing the perfect opportunity for parents to remember their own childhoods, and to connect with their kids through melody, rhythm and rhyme.
Lisa is excited to be working with Amazon Music for the release of Nursery Rhyme Parade. “As an independent artist, it’s wonderful to find new ways of sharing my music, and they reach an incredibly wide audience. As a parent, I love the convenience of selecting music from Amazon. The company offers fans easy and fun ways to discover and enjoy new music.”
More about Lisa Loeb
Lisa Loeb is a touring artist, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song “Stay (I Missed You)” from the film Reality Bites. Lisa continues to craft irresistible pop songs for the 21st century, while designing Lisa Loeb Eyewear, writing children's books, and supporting non-profit causes. The Los Angeles based mother of two is well known to parents and kids for her albums Catch the Moon (with Elizabeth Mitchell) and Camp Lisa (with sales benefiting the Camp Lisa Foundation). She published her second picture book-CD for Sterling Children’s Books: Lisa Loeb’s Songs for Movin’ and Shakin’, in 2013. Lisa recently collaborated to co-write the children’s musical "Camp Kappawanna," which debuted at New York City's Atlantic Theater Company.
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Director: Luke Jude Joerger Produced by: Hastings Digital Studios