He Turns the Airport Blues Into Gold

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Children's singer-songwriter, Lanny Sherwin, wins 4 music awards in 28th annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - including a Gold Award.

Ever been stuck in an airport, on your way to a vacation, flight’s delayed, nerves are frayed, kids are dazed ...? That’s pretty much a universal dilemma these days. And it’s probably why children’s recording artist, Lanny Sherwin, won a Gold Award for his song, “Airport Blues,” in the 28th annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. “We were stuck in the Denver airport,” Sherwin recalls, “And every hour an announcement would come over the loudspeakers saying that our flight was still delayed and they’d have an update in another hour. This went on for 5 hours. Cell phones and iPods dying, patience dwindling, stomachs complaining - I knew if our family survived, I get a great song out of it.”

Lanny’s not really feeling too blue, though, since he won three other awards in the international competition as well. His song, “No Tomorrow”, co-written with Nashvillian, Burton Collins, took Silver in the Pop Category. And Sherwin’s “Too Many Animals” and “I Like Being Me!” took Finalist and Honorable Mention respectively in the Children’s Category. The contest is sponsored each year by the Songwriter’s Association of Washington (http://www.saw.org).

“Airport Blues” appears on Sherwin’s 5th children’s CD, “Meltdown”. President of Sandman Records (http://www.SandmanRecords.com), Lanny’s songs have been licensed by Continental Airlines, Fisher-Price, Triple Scoop Music, and have garnered over 50 music awards.

When he’s not contemplating investing in Amtrak, Lanny teaches songwriting to elementary school students, performs in schools and hospitals, coordinates a Pickleberry Pie Very Special Hospital Concert series in Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital, and writes personalized songs for seriously ill children through the Songs of Love Foundation.

Sherwin’s, motto is: “Don’t Drive Parents Crazy!”, and his songs appeal to parents as much as to their children. “As a songwriter and a parent, I’m aware of what parents have to go through in listening to their children’s music. It can be painful. I just try and write in styles of music that I love – The Beatles, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Jimmy Buffett. That’s what I grew up with, and I think it’s pretty timeless music.”

Lanny Sherwin’s CDs are online at Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Kidzmusic, and the Sandman Records website. For more information, visit http://www.SandmanRecords.com or call 805-565-5524. A portion of Sandman Record’s proceeds benefits numerous charities, preschools, hospitals and children’s fundraisers nationwide.


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