Music Makes a Great Stocking Stuffer: Choose Rounder Records' Award-winning 2006 Releases for Kids of All Ages

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Rounder Records, one of the most respected independent labels in the country, offers a wealth of great music for children. Four new and award-winning releases this year reflect the label’s eclectic mix of music that will appeal to every age and interest.

Rounder Records, one of the most respected independent labels in the country, offers a wealth of great music for children. Four new releases this year reflect the label’s eclectic mix of music that will appeal to every age and interest:

Babies and Preschoolers

"Quiet Time" by Raffi – It’s been 30 years since the Children’s Troubadour released his first recording, "Singable Songs for the Very Young," an album that continues to be one of the best-sellers in all of children’s music. His latest release, "Quiet Time," is the perfect way to introduce the youngest members of the family to Raffi. With his distinct brand of gentle humor and his unique way of speaking directly to the heart of a child, Raffi helps make nap time, bedtime, cuddle time or just winding down time a warm and loving experience. This collection of some of Raffi’s favorite tranquil tunes combines the familiar (“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” “Rockabye Baby”) with beloved originals (“Thanks a Lot”) and finishes with the strikingly beautiful “Blessed Be.” A Parents’ Choice Classic Award winner!

Ages 3 to 8

"Marvelous Day" by SteveSongs – Rounder Records’ newest children’s recording artist has won the Parents’ Choice Gold award twice and enchants audiences with his busy performing schedule. Steve Roslonek is one of the hardest-working artists we know, performing in hundreds of shows each year. Smart and sassy, catchy and fun, these jazzy rock songs have been tested and approved by the toughest audience on the planet -- kids. Steve blends participatory songs, clever stories and great melodies into an experience that leads young listeners on what the Boston Globe calls “not just a musical journey but an entertaining, interactive and educational one.” Check out http://www.stevesongs.com for concert updates.

Ages 8 to 12

"Girl Authority" – Girl Authority has a girl – and a song – for every kind of tween.Blessed with strong voices and engaging personalities, the girls' love for music, fun and friendship shines through on their debut album. An energetic and tightly knit unit, the girls perform with verve and the occasional collective giggle. To back up this group of energetic girlfriends, Grammy award-winning producer Scott Billington gathered a group of New Orleans artists to record new arrangements for hits like “Material Girl,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” and “We Got the Beat.” Check out http://www.girlauthority.com for concert updates.

All Ages

"Beethoven’s Wig 3: Many More Sing Along Symphonies" – Beethoven’s Wig CDs are among the most-awarded children’s recordings ever released, with two Grammy Award nominations and more than 35 national awards. "Beethoven’s Wig 3" adds a fresh dimension to classical music pieces that celebrate specific musical instruments, from the familiar to the fascinating. Sing along with pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Bizet, Rossini, Tchaikovsky and Handel, among others, and learn amusing facts about the composers’ lives. Visit http://www.beethovenswig.com for more information.

These CDs are available at retailers throughout North America. For more information about Rounder Records children's music, please visit http://www.rounder.com.

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