With NAPPA, Children’s Music Web, Preferred Choice, and Mom’s ChoiceAwards proudly in hand, independent children’s musician Sukey Molloy is delighted to announce the April24 release of her third CD, I Am Happy! with Sukey Molloy. The 18-track album for young children is imbued with the gentle, magical atmosphere and up-close, personal style that has become Sukey Molloy’scalling card.
With a focus on age-appropriate material that encourages participation, Sukey Molloy’s music is just right for the youngest listeners. Her voice has a happy, reassuringly intimate presence that draws children into a safe and trusting relationship as they listen, sing, and move along. While Sukey’s lyrics and melodies express a sweet, childlike nuance, she doesn’t compromise when it comes to production values. JoiningSukey Molloy as co-producer of I Am Happy! is Grammy-winner Larry Alexander, who brings to the new release his work with some of the biggest stars in the music business, including Diana Ross (six albums), Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi, and David Bowie, to name but a few.
Throughout I Am Happy!, Sukey Molloy exudes a sense of fun, wonder, and joy to which children readily connect. Explains Sukey, “My music is intentionally created to relate directly with the young child, and it’s very important to me, as I write, to sense each song from the child’s point of view. My goal in making I Am Happy! has been a simple one: to share music that makes children feel happy! In all my work, I invite kids to participate, and on I Am Happy! I find this, in a playful way, through nature themes such as snow, sun, rain, fire and water, and by incorporating animal sounds like fish, rhinos, penguins and ducks. Every song encourages children to try movements and sounds as they sing along.”
Carole Demas of WPIX-TV’s beloved program, The Magic Garden, praised Sukey Molloy as “soothing and patient, assuring to parents about the welfare and education of the very young.” Sukey’s award-winning body of work includes the CDs Circle Songs! with Sukey Molloy (2005; Children’s Music Web Award, Parent to Parent Adding Wisdom Award), I Like to Sing! with Sukey Molloy (2007; NAPPA Honors Award), and twoSukey’s Circle! DVDs (2009 and 2010; NAPPA Honors Award, Moms’ Choice Gold Award, Preferred Choice Award, NAPPA Rising Star Commendation),
Trained as a professional modern dancer in New York City, Sukey Molloy performed and toured as a member of the Solomon’s Company/Dance and went on to study developmental movement with former Olympian, Garland O’Quinn, Ph.D., and infant development at the School for Body Mind Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Sukey began designing and teaching music and movement programs in 1985 and, in 2005, launched her own Nyack, NY-based PlayMove&Sing, Inc. program of “Mommy & Me” and pre-K classes and teacher training workshops. By 2007, Sukey had created the Sukey Molloy (Circle Song) Show, charming young audiences in live appearances with programs filled with musical storytelling, stuffed felt characters, and fun, interactive songs. Coming next from Sukey Molloy will be a new lullaby album, I Am Sleepy! You can find more information on her website.
CD Details: I Am Happy! with Sukey MolloyFor ages 2 - 5
Label: PlayMove&Sing, inc.
Run time: 40 minutes
As an early childhood educator and mom, I have had my share of listening to children's music over the years. However, the upcoming CD release from Sukey Molloy is one of my favorites from the last year for sure.
It is playful, soothing, exciting and more, all in one CD. Often, as an adult I tend to find children's music irritating and turn it off very quickly. Not so with I Am Happy. Its a really fun CD, that will teach children 2-5 years concepts like animal sounds, colors, counting, multiple languages, feelings and more. With my own children, as well as those in my family child care program, we have done a great deal of singing and dancing along with Sukey Molloy and I Am Happy.
Previous to this review, I had not been familiar with her work, but after listening to this CD and checking out her website, I will definitely look to see where I can locate her music locally (or buy online if necessary).
If you are looking for new children's music this spring, look no further than Sukey Molloy! You will not be disappointed! I know I (and my children) weren't.
I highly recommend this CD and give it a huge thumbs up.
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