My children and I had the honor of reviewing Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights: Bandwagon album last year. My children and I really enjoy listening to it in the truck and while dancing in our home, which we do an awful lot of! The song below is called "Are We There Yet," and my children both love this song! They get their energy out, and my brain thinks it's listening to rock! Check it out, and turn up your speakers!
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." Good Egg's title track is an upbeat tune with a little old time patter in the middle, and a twist! 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." Good Egg comes to a soothing close with "I Love You."
Joanie Leeds explains, "With Good Egg, I wanted to write an album of mostly story songs that would hold the interest of the older members of my fan base while still entertaining the younger kids. 'Drummer Dan' is about my husband, who's the drummer in our band. 'Hipster in the Making' describes scenes from my neighborhood, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the hipster capital of the universe). 'Stories from the Road' relates three of the many adventures that have happened to The Nightlights on our road trips. There's a lot of truth to these tunes!"
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!
Previous Joanie Leeds recordings include Bandwagon (2013), What a Zoo! (2011), and I'm a Rock Star (2010), as well as a children's holiday CD, Challah, Challah (2009), a Parents Choice® Recommended children's album, City Kid! (2008), and two albums for adult listeners: Soul From My Footsteps (2004) and My Job Application Knows More About Me Than You Do (2000). Joanie's City Kid Live! DVD, released in 2010, won three Telly Awards.
Good Egg will be available online at www.joanieleeds.com, cdbaby.com, iTunes, and other related digital outlets starting June 24th, 2014.
JOANIE LEEDS IN PERFORMANCE:
- June 7 - Rhythm & Words Festival, Burnsville, MN
- June 21 - Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
- June 24 - Madison Sq. Park, NYC - ALBUM RELEASE SHOW!
- July 8 - Summer Jam Concert Series, Newtown, CT
- Aug. 21 - Morris Arboretum, U. of Penn., Philadelphia, PA
- Sept. 1 - Peninsula JCC Labor Day Concert, Foster City, CA
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