Best Children’s Album GRAMMY Nominees Announced
UPDATE / January 2021: Since this announcement, three of the five children’s album nominees have rescinded their nominations, including Dog on Fleas, Alastair Moock, and The Okee Dokee Brothers.
November 24, 2020: Sugar Mountain PR is excited to report that four of our clients (out of five total nominees) were nominated for GRAMMY Awards this morning, in the Best Children’s Album category. Listen to a selection of songs by these newly nominated artists on Spotify
Dog on Fleas
I’m an Optimist
Amid the negative headlines and alarming trends in our culture right now, it can be difficult to find ways to enjoy everyday life. These 12 original songs serve up an antidote to negativity and stress, thereby redirecting weary brains toward more positive pathways. As band leader Dean Jones says, “if you feed the optimist part of your brain, it gets stronger and stronger.” The band is based in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Stream the album here
Alastair Moock & Friends
Be a Pain: An Album for Young (and Old) Leaders
This all-ages album is a call to arms for young (and old) leaders in these troubled and turbulent times. It looks to the heroes of past and present to inspire kids to move the ball forward. Guests include Sol y Canto, Alisa Amador, Reggie Harris, Melanie DeMore, Rani Arbo, Sean Staples, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae, Boston City Singers, and Grammy-nominated producer Anand Nayak. This is a second GRAMMY nomination for Moock, who is an active member of the Boston folk music scene. Stream the album here
Okee Dokee Brothers
Songs for Singin’
This is the fifth nomination for the Americana duo known for their adventurous songs inspiring kids and their grownups to explore the great outdoors. Drawing from the age-old tradition of singing to heal the soul during difficult times, The Okee Dokee Brothers have written a slew of catchy and inclusive songs so fans can join in and belt out. In the spirit of American folk legends Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, This new double album includes a 32-page book with lyrics and chords to these original and traditional songs, for people of all ages to enjoy singing together. The duo won a GRAMMY in 2013 and three other nominations. They are based in Minneapolis and Denver. Stream the album here.
Joined by an eclectic group of instrumentalists including pianist Lisa Kaplan (Eighth Blackbird) baroque cellist Anna Steinhoff, percussionist Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), and vocalist Nora O’Connor (Flat Five, the Decemberists), this tender and uplifting collection of songs is Justin Roberts’ most personal project yet. Inspired by the birth of his first child, Roberts’ songs are about anticipation, uncertainty, unconditional love, and advice for a life well-lived. The honest and fresh lyrics hint at darkness and speak not only to the journey of parenthood but the gamut of human experience. This is the fourth nomination for Roberts, who lives near Chicago. Stream the songs here.
January 2021 UPDATE: The 63rd GRAMMY Awards ceremonies will be streamed and broadcast via CBS Television on March 14, 2021. The children’s album winner will be announced that afternoon during a pre-telecast which will stream and be archived on GRAMMY.com. It was another extremely vibrant year for family music, with many dozens of children’s album entries on the Recording Academy ballot. This year’s honorees reflect the continuing explosion of independently crafted music in the genre.
|Congratulations to all of the nominees!|