NEW YORK -- Joanie's back, with a stunning new album! Beloved singer/songwriter Joanie Leeds continues to build her award-winning body of work with the June 24 release of her sixth children's album, Good Egg. This time around, Joanie Leeds and her band, The Nightlights, are joined by Jacob Stein (of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups) and children's musician extraordinaire Mista Cookie Jar.
Good Egg dances with delight through a roll call of musical genres. Joanie Leeds says, "I've never been one to stay stuck in any one particular musical style because I know kids love 'em all -- rock, pop, funk, soul, ska, go-go, gospel, country -- and frankly, so do I!"
An exceptionally versatile artists, Joanie Leeds is gifted with a soulful, "rock solid" voice that ranges from low and bluesy to high, light, and breezy. Says SiriusXM's Kids Place Live Program Director Mindy Thomas, "Joanie Leeds is that cool babysitter who would let you try on her lip gloss once your mom left the house. You idolized her, and your mom knew she could trust her. That's Joanie. Only she's also likely to completely ROCK THE ROOF OFF YOUR HOUSE!"
The second Joanie Leeds album to be produced by GRAMMY® winner Dean Jones, Good Egg kicks off with the driving beat of "Food Fight" and segues into some gentle, folksy harmony on "Kids Place." It's DC go-go all the way on "Drummer Dan," with Mista Cookie Jar infusing the number with some funky FLAVA! Jacob Stein of the GRAMMY® nominated The Pop Ups partners with Joanie Leeds to make a lot of sweet harmony with a language tug of war between the literal and the creatively idiomatic on "The World is Your Oyster." "My Dad," a ukulele-powered traditional jazz number in the mode of Django Reinhardt, is a terrific vehicle for the light and breezy side of Joanie's vocal style. Sublime meets Less Than Jake to dig into traditional ska on "Shadow," while The Clash meets The Ramones on a bit of classic punk to review classic illness prevention on "Germs." Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and leprechauns all have their moments in the sun on "Always on the Run."
Joanie Leeds captured first place for her original music in the USA Songwriting Competition and has won an Independent Music Award and a Parents Choice® Gold Award, as well as a NAPPA Gold Award. She has been honored as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the International Songwriting Competition.
While often found serenading families in her hometown of NYC, Joanie also performs in dozens of cities across the country, and her music has been highly praised in People Magazine, Parents Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Her tunes are played on many radio stations nationwide and have climbed the chart to #1 on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live and WXPN's Kids Corner. Joanie is also a PJ Library musician!
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We are a HUGE Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights fan in our home! Her music is so fun, giving us the chance to get moving, tap our toes and sing along. This is Joanie's sixth studio album, and honestly it is my favorite yet (I have listened to, and enjoyed now three of them). From traditional Ska to rock to tastes of even folk music, there is a little bit of something for anyone who listens to this album. I have had the summer to enjoy it (released in June) and seriously, it is one of my favorite children's albums of 2014. Our family favorite songs were Food Fight, Kid's Place, Always on the Run and My Dad.
If you are looking for an upbeat children's album that even adults will enjoy and find themselves singing along to, then look no further than Good Egg! A great time will be had by all who experience this album. You can check out the entire album here to make up your own mind on this most recent release from Joanie Leeds. I don't know how she will top Good Egg, but I am excited to see what will come next from this talented woman!
BUY IT: You can purchase Good Egg by Joanie Leeds online here!
***I received a complimentary copy of this CD, courtesy of Waldmania PR for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***