No Instruments? No Problem! Children's Songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, Scores with "A Cappella"

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Children's Songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, wins Children's Category of the Great American Song Contest with the clever, catchy, quirky a cappella song called ... "A Cappella."

How many songs are there about a cappella singing called … "A Cappella"?! Just one, as far as children's singer-songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, knows. And his clever, catchy, quirky, instrument-less song just won 1st Place in the Children's Category of the Great American Song Contest (

"Not only is it a pretty unique idea for a song," says Sherwin, President of his own Sandman Records, "but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, those are all my voices on the song - about 8 of 'em! It was a bear to sing, but worth all the hours - it really connects with kids and their parents."

Sherwin, who is about to release his 5th children's CD, remembers, "I used to be in an a cappella group in high school and have always loved the 'bunch of guys singing on a street corner' feel to a song. Once I hit on the notion of singing a song about a cappella singing that was actually called 'A Cappella', the song kind of wrote itself." The song is on Sherwin's Turn Up the Music! CD. Additionally, the song spurred on a Lanny tradition - having an a cappella song on each of his subsequent CDs" "A Cappella, Part 2" and "A Cappella, Part3". Weird, yet cool.

The quality of songs entered in the 2008 Great American Song Contest was impressive, according to judges, who reviewed songs from over 1,500 songwriters from 41 countries. Sherwin is no stranger to accolades for his songs - he has earned over 30 children's music awards. And his quirky but effective motto says it all: "Don't Drive Parents Crazy!"

He was a Nashville-based contemporary country songwriter when his son, Alec, was born in 1997. He quickly discovered that conventional lullabies did not lull his Alec calmly to sleep. Worse, the "sugary sweet" melodies drove him, and other parents, to nuts. Determined to find an alternative, he wrote 10 songs that were released as Dream With Me Tonight--Lullabies For All Ages CD. An instant success, he released a second CD, Dream With Me Tonight, Volume 2--A Father's Lullabies. Two more releases from Sandman Records, Turn Up The Music! and I Like Being Me! feature Lanny doing all the singing. CD #5 - Lanny Sherwin's MELTDOWN - is due to be released in the Summer of '09.

Sandman Record's unique series of children's CDs has become a popular favorite with families and childcare professionals. A portion of Sandman Record's proceeds benefits numerous nonprofit organizations across the country. The Sandman Records website is


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