Grammy Winning Duo Releases CD Celebrating Diverse Families, Including Adopted Children, LGBT Families, Others

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Nationally recognized and Grammy® award winning children’s’ music duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer today announce the release of their latest – and 44th - album, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen.” This first of its kind CD celebrates diverse families, including one parent and two parents households, grandparents raising their grandchildren, gay and lesbian parents, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children, extended family like cousins and uncles, adoptive families, mixed race families, identical twins, blended families and even pets.

“We see the increasing diversity of families in our audience and our culture and knew it was time to create music in which these families could see – and celebrate – themselves." - Cathy Fink

Nationally recognized and Grammy® award winning children’s’ music duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer today announce the release of their latest – and 44th - album, “Dancin’ in the Kitchen.” This first of its kind CD celebrates diverse families, including one parent and two parents households, grandparents raising their grandchildren, gay and lesbian parents, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children, extended family like cousins and uncles, adoptive families, mixed race families, identical twins, blended families and even pets. Their new album not only reflects the growing diversity of family structures in the U.S. and around the world, it highlights the idea that families are bound by love, with music celebrating that love and diversity.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Children Youth and Families Program is partnering with Cathy and Marcy to increase awareness about their music and celebrating the diversity of families.

“This project has been in the works for a long time,” said Cathy Fink. “While we have produced many themed recordings for families this one is very special and particularly timely,” Fink continued. “We see the increasing diversity of families in our audience and our culture and knew it was time to create music in which these families could see – and celebrate – themselves,” concluded Fink.

“We loved 'Free To Be…A Family' by Marlo Thomas, who defined the word family as ‘a feeling of belonging,’” said Marcy Marxer. “This message resonates with us as artists and the families we’ve been playing music for over several generations,” continued Marxer. “But our music is new or puts a new twist on classic older songs. It’s hip, it’s participatory, and we have found that there are many topics that are easier to talk about with music. We have a fabulous kids chorus that encourages kids to sing along,” said Marxer. “We were also very intentional in performing a wide variety of musical styles from R&B to Cajun to Western Swing and folk. This album takes the ‘Free to Be’ message and brings it up to date in a fresh, new way,” concluded Marxer.

“The title song, 'Dancin’ in the Kitchen' was inspired by the parties and gatherings we’ve had where, even though there’s a living room or even an entire house where people could gather, everyone always ends up in the kitchen,” said Cathy Fink. “Kitchens are the heart of many homes. When we’re cooking for a crowd, the music, talk and partying is always going on at the same time and it’s pretty natural to do a little dancing. We know families like all of the ones described in that song, but kept it flexible so people could sing along and include their own families. And we are thrilled that we were able to bring in the Grammy winning Cajun family band The Savoy Family Band of Eunice, LA. to contribute their talent to this song," said Fink.

“‘Soccer Shoes’ was written by Sue Ennis, songwriter for 80’s classic rock band Heart,” continued Fink. “Sue is a friend and adopted 2 kids with her former partner. We shared a few books with Sue about families who were divorced with kids – and she worked her magic and gave us the gift of this song, with the R&B sound of Tommy Lepson & Dave Chappell, two of our local Washington, DC music heroes,” concluded Fink.

Other family oriented albums they have produced include “Help Yourself” (pre-school safety and self-esteem) Nobody Else Like Me” (celebrating racial, physical and cultural diversity), “Scat Like That” (connecting music and literacy), “Banjo to Beatbox” (a collaboration between folk music and hip hop) and “Sing to Your Baby” (a book and CD designed to empower parents to be the first singer their children hear and bond to).

For a general media kit about Cathy and Marcy see here: http://www.cathymarcy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/CM_presskit_KIDS_2012.highres.pdf

For more information about go to http://www.cathyandmarcy.com

Other family albums they have produced include the GRAMMY® winning "Bon Appetit!" (health & nutrition), GRAMMY® winning "cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins" (with Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Riders in the Sky and more), ³Nobody Else Like Me² (celebrating racial, physical and cultural diversity), Scat Like That (connecting music and literacy), Banjo to Beatbox (a collaboration between folk music and hip hop) and Sing to Your Baby (a book and CD designed to empower parents to be the first singer their children hear and bond to).

Contact:
Cathy Renna, 917-757-6123, cathy(at)targetcue(dot)com

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