About: This album is perfect for getting kids to unwind after a long day. As the title suggestions this album is full of wonderful lullabies. There are covor songs such as "Don't Worry Be Happy," "Colors of the wind," "Rainbow Connection" and more that have a striped down relaxing sound. This album is a favorite in my house around bedtime....and any any other time of the day too! : )
Artist: Donovan Frankenreiter
Album: The Heart
About: This artist is often compared to Jack Johnson. Which is not a bad thing because if you love Jack Johnson as much as I do you will most certainly love Donovan Frankenreiter. This album has an easy going folk sound that you will make you want to sit by a bonfire on the beach. So if you want to slow down a little, but want some heart and soul, this album is for you.
Well, we made it to the end of the year and although I missed a month here or there I hope you have enjoyed checking out these new albums. If you haven't yet, there is a still time! I hope these suggestions have shown you that there is music out there that is not on the radio. the top 100 may be the trending music in the country but it doesn't mean that it's appropriate for young listeners or that it's the only music that is being created that's enjoyable to listen to. For my final album picks for this school year I have chosen two albums that inspire adventure and also a journey of self love and friendship.
Artist: Francis England
About: This is a new album that just came out last month! I have loved Francis England for years and this album is just as fun as her previous albums! Fun for the whole family!
Artist: Brandon Heath
Album: Faith Hope Love Repeat
About: The christian pop artist has a wonderful upbeat happy feel to his music that leaves you feeling hopeful for our future.
Artist: Okee Dokee Brother
Album: Through the Woods
About: I don't mean to play favorites but I left the very best for last. This album by the Okee Dokee Brothers is a HUGE favorite in our household. It is an incredibly fun, silly, exciting, and meaningful album. It tells an adventure of hiking the Appalachian trail through fun songs that kids will adore while also including good life lessons that will get you wanting to love the world and people around you. This album is also just one of a three part adventure series. They have two more about a Mississippi River canoeing adventure and a horse back western album. All three are amazing and should be part of your soundtrack for the summer. ENJOY!
Artist: Trevor Hall
Album: The Fruitful Darkness
About: This artist is also a favorite of mine and his new album does not disappoint. Trevor Hall's music is influenced by alternative rock, folk, and reggae. His lyrics have deep meaningful insights about love and equality. He focuses on grounding yourself with love for others and yourself, and searching for peace. This is a must listen if you want to slow down and enjoy the surrounding around you.
Artist: Elizabeth Mitchell
Album: You Are My Little Bird
About: Winter is over and its time for some fresh music for the summer. Elizabeth Mitchell uses cherished folk music from all over the world and creates beautiful music for kids and parents. This album will surly be a favorite and a beautiful soundtrack for your summer fun with family.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Jazz for Kids
About: This album will become a family favorite in no time! It is a collection of the best jazz artists singing jazz standards for kids, but adults will love it just the same! The songs are silly, upbeat, and just plain catchy! Have fun dancing and singing along with the whole family!
Album: Edges Run
About: This new album from Mipso is said to be their best yet, breaking out with a new sound that will leave you wanting more. Their unique folk and country sound will captivate you and you will love their use of string instruments. This is an album that will set the tone for a relaxing summer.
Artist: Various Artists
Album: Jazz Standards Masters
About: This album will also become a family favorite. The songs are a little more sophisticated than "Jazz for Kids" but its still great for all ages. Listen to the best of the best in the jazz world sing and play the most popular jazz standards!
Artist: For KING and COUNTRY
Album: RUN WILD. LIVE FREE. LOVE STRONG
About: Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. features songs filled with faith references and encouragement to passionately trust God, artfully fusing those spiritual themes to an up-to-the minute, ambient and anthemic sound that brings to mind ImagineDragons, OneRepublic, Coldplay and
Switchfoot—not bad company at all for this fast-rising Christian band. ~ PluggedIn review
Artist: Frances England
Album: Explorer of the world
About: This album is a fun journey through undiscovered everyday places. Frances England's imaginative lyrics and upbeat music gives life to the excitement of travel to far off places or your own backyard. This is an album that the whole family can enjoy.
Artist: Ziggy Marley
Album: Family Time
About: This family album will have you up dancing and singing in no time. There are lots of musical guests like Paul Simon, Jack Johnson, Willy Nelson, Elizabeth Mitchell and more! Not only will the kids love this fun reggae music but parents will love it too!
Artist: Trip Lee
About: Rap is a growing genre among young teens and a lot of it has inappropriate content and language. But, that doesn't mean that rap is bad! Trip Lee is a christian and raps about God's love and how He calls us to live. This is one rap artists that parents will be happy their teenager is listening to!
Artist: Paul Spring
Album: Home of Song
About: This family album has songs that everyone will enjoy! From silly songs for the little ones to feel good folk songs for older kids and adults. Put the music on and get ready to hear an ode to family life at its finest!