Children’s Music is so rich. It’s no longer silly music for children; it’s music that everyone loves. Below are the GRAMMY Award Nominees for the Best Children’s Album of 2019. The winner is All the Sounds. You can listen to samples of the music by clicking on the links.
All the Sounds
by Lucy Kalantari and the Jazz Cats
Lucy Kalantari is a GRAMMY® Nominated songwriter, composer and producer based in Brooklyn, New York, making jazz age inspired music for families. In 2013, two months after giving birth to her son, she participated in a song-a-week project while staying home with her newborn. She found herself with a handful of upbeat ukulele ditties pleasing to babies and adults alike. This collection became her debut into the kids independent music scene when she released Pockets Full of Joy, in 2014. Pockets landed a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award and earned a place in The Best Kids Music of 2014, by Cooper & Kid. In September of 2016, Kalantari released her second jazz age rendezvous for families, Big Things, and it was awarded a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award.
by Tim Kubart
Building Blocks is a pop celebration all about growing: growing wiser, growing bolder, and, above all, growing our circle of caring for family, friends, and those around us. Brimming with joyful energy and catchy pop hooks, it’s is an inspiring reminder of the power of caring featuring sing-along tunes about first days, new pets, and big steps. Guest musicians include Steve Burns (Blue’s Clues), Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul), Carly Ciarrocchi (Sprout House), Sara Niemietz and Drue Davis (Postmodern Jukebox), and the Junior Chorus from Woodward Parkway Elementary School. It is produced by Grammy Award Winner Dominic Fallacaro. The artwork featured is by noted collage artist Nell Pierce.
After having her own son, Falu embarked on a mission to create one of the first South Asian music and culture projects on the market, Falu’s Bazaar.
A musical journey through South Asian culture and around the globe, the album and live show celebrate the instruments, languages, sights, and humanity of a diverse world. Children learn through song how to introduce themselves in Hindi, how to obey traffic signals, about animals, counting, spices, South Asian cooking, diversity of cultures, and how to have fun as part of a human train! Falu’s Bazaar is the first ever south asian album to get nominated for a grammy in the “Best Children’s Album” category.
Giants of Science
by the Pop Ups
A collaboration between Brooklyn musicians Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, The Pop Ups have been setting the standard for children’s music since 2010. A celebration of making, building, and learning, their album Appetite for Construction received a 2014 GRAMMY nomination for Best Children’s Album, alongside a National Parenting Publications Award and Parents’ Choice Award. The boys have toured with Yo Gabba Gabba Live and continue to perform their rock and roll puppet musical live show to sold out audiences across the U.S.
The Nation of Imagine
by Frank and Deane
This GRAMMY nominated seamless album boasts the Nation’s favorite Frank & Deane songs surrounded by astoundingly fun surprises along the way! Frank & Deane are traveling musicians who have “immense amounts of fun while attempting to maximize their full creative potential as they come up with and present new ways to entertain the masses with timeless music, mesmerizing artwork, and a world class, spectacular spectacle of an all new show that’s as much for them to perform as it is for you to experience it.”
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