It might be a cliché to say that the nominees for the Grammy’s Best Children’s Album are all winners – but it’s true! This year’s five contending albums are all exceptional work, and each contains something musically distinctive.
Frances England instills a lovely, winsome quality to the folk-pop tunes that populate her “Explorer of the World” album. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo mixes heady raps with genre-blending kid-hop grooves on his CD “Infinity Plus One.” On “Press Play,” Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could marvelously tap into a child’s world through a spirited set of melodic rock ‘n’ roll. The fun-loving Recess Monkey stocks its “Novelties” album with a batch of delightfully merry tunes, including the irresistible “Time To Make The Donuts,” and the Okee Dokee Brothers continue their streak of superb CDs with “Saddle Up,” which takes listeners on a tuneful Western adventure.
You can take my word for it or you can find out yourself on Feb. 11, when the Children’s Recording Arts Alliance hosts its annual concert saluting the five Best Children’s Album nominees. The show will take place at Lucky Strike Live at Hollywood and Highland (6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood) starting at 11 a.m.
Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and these shows typically sell out. All concert proceeds will benefit Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s Music in the Schools residencies in L.A. area schools. For more information and to buy tickets, go to bethbcpr.wixsite.com/childrensgrammy2017.