San Jose Resident And First-Time Grammy-Nominee David "The Jimmy Buffet for Kids" Sharpe and His Papahugs Band Are Headed To The 54th Grammy Awards February 12th in L.A.

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David Sharpe and the PapaHugs Band are first-time GRAMMY Nominees with the album "Are We There Yet?" snagging a nomination for Best Children's Album. The music Sharpe created was inspired by his three amazing grandkids, who even sang some backup on the album. The 54th GRAMMY Awards are being held on February 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and air live on CBS. The band performs Jan. 21 at San Jose Children's Discovery Museum at 1 and 2:30 p.m.

I realized that my music connects people of all ages, and that's what I love about it,” said Sharpe. “Being nominated by your peers is the greatest honor. Winning a GRAMMY® would be an absolute dream come true and one that my entire family would share.

David Sharpe gets called lots of names: The Jimmy Buffet for Kids! Honey. Dad. But the one that has really stuck comes from one of his most popular hits “There’s Nothing Better than a PapaHug.” Now PapaHugs can add another title to his repertoire that brings street cred to this very dedicated and inspired musician: GRAMMY® Nominee! David Sharpe & the Papahugs Band are nominated for Best Children’s Album for “Are We There Yet?” at the upcoming 54th GRAMMY® Awards on February 12, 2012, in Los Angeles. Sharpe and his band are performing at the San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum on Saturday, January 21, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and admission to the museum will give you access to the concert.

“Music and playing guitar were a part of my upbringing,” said Sharpe. “I would sing songs to my children when they were little and then when I was blessed with three amazing grandchildren I found myself so inspired to write and create my own children’s songs because of them.”

Many of Sharpe’s songs are written collectively with his grandchildren. The title song ‘Are We There Yet?’ was inspired by a road trip they all took together. All three grandchildren got in on the recording process as well and can be heard singing back up on the Track “Bubble Wrap.”

Although Sharpe had been a musician his entire life, it wasn’t until he had grandchildren – and all of his friends were having grandchildren – that he began thinking of making music professionally. When all of the families would get together, Sharpe would perform a few of the hundreds of songs he had written. Everyone encouraged him to get into the studio and make these songs official. Which is just what he did, and now he is a GRAMMY® Nominee, the highest accolade in music because it is voted on by other music makers.

“I realized that my music connects people of all ages, and that's what I love about it,” said Sharpe. “Being nominated by your peers is the greatest honor. Winning a GRAMMY® would be an absolute dream come true and one that my entire family would share.”

For more information about David Sharpe and the PapaHugs band, visit http://www.davidsharpemusic.com.

The 54th GRAMMY® Awards Air on CBS, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at 8 pm./7c.

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