Cranberry Red Balloon by Tab Laven, A Family Songs CD, Wins Parents Choice Award

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Cranberry Red Balloon by Tab Laven, a family songs CD, wins the Parents Choice Award for Music. Though billed as his first children’s album, the uplifting songs have gained fast popularity with parents and grandparents alike making it more of a family songs album.

Cranberry Red Balloon

Cranberry Red Balloon

I created Cranberry Red Balloon from bits and pieces of my childhood when anything was possible... I hope it helps children dream and others to remember a time when they dreamed as well as inspire them to dream again.

Cranberry Red Balloon by Tab Laven, a family songs CD, wins the Spring 2012 Parents Choice Award in the Audio: Music category. People’s Choice strives to provide parents with reliable unbiased information about tools to help their children learn, explore new challenges, discuss ideas and pursue dreams. Laven’s album falls wonderfully into the pursue dreams section.

Tab Laven, songwriter, vocalist and acoustic guitar player is joined on the album by famous friends Art Garfunkel (Simon & Garfunkel), Bruce Johnston (The Beach Boys), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), and John Cowsill (The Cowsills).

Lahri Bond, who reviewed Cranberry Red Balloon for Parent’s Choice, says, “The beautifully produced songs all have a kind of Southern Californian, sun-kissed quality. Laven's music recalls a hazy, pre-Punk purity that will attract older parents and certainly grandparents who were raised on the sounds of The Eagles, Brewer and Shipley and James Taylor.”

Bond’s review helps explain why the album, billed as Laven’s first children’s album, has gained fast popularity with parents and grandparents alike making it more of a family songs album.

“I created Cranberry Red Balloon from bits and pieces of my childhood when anything was possible and I looked at the world in wonderment. I hope it helps children dream and others to remember a time when they dreamed as well as inspire them to dream again,” says Laven.

The Parent’s Choice Foundation is the nation’s oldest non-profit guide to quality children’s media and toys. It was established in 1978 by Diana Huss who, while teaching a graduate class in children’s literature, pulled together a discussion group of parents who felt their rigorous standards for their children's education were not being fulfilled. The mandate of the discussion group was clear: create for parents a non-commercial clearinghouse of supplementary media experiences and learning products. Only 20% of submissions receive a Parent's Choice award.

Cranberry Red Balloon was produced by MJ Earth Corp. and Blue Earth Records. Credits: Produced by Tab Laven and Mills Logan. Engineered and Mixed by Mills Logan. Executive Producer Annie Kananack. Recorded at The Mix Mill Studio. Mastered by Ken Love at Master Mix. The 11 songs on the CD have been described as: family songs, uplifting songs, meaningful songs, songs that make you happy, songs with meaningful lyrics and calming music. Recommended for all ages, the CD is priced at $16.95 and can also be downloaded.

Tab Laven, currently residing in Nashville, TN, is an experienced performer, song writer, music producer, photographer, father and husband who just created his first children’s CD, Cranberry Red Balloon. He started playing guitar as a skinny 12 year old wearing out his Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel records. At 21, he was touring the world, playing TV Shows including The Tonight Show where he meet hero Johnny Carson. He has been part of Art Garfunkel's touring band and has contributed to musical efforts by Michael Johnson and Mary Macgregor. He has also appeared with other greats that include the country legend, George Jones and Harry Connick Jr. To learn more about Tab Laven and the Cranberry Red Balloon visit http://www.cranberryredballoon.com, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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