Archives for September 6, 2015

Mil’s Trills Now That We’re Friends … Let the good times roll ...Release date: Millymoose Records September 23, 2015


Led by musician/composer/vocalist Amelia Robinson, the award-winning Mil’s Trills is back with its second album of high-spirited, empowering songs for children and adults alike.  Centered on a theme of friendship, open minds, and compassionate hearts, Now That We’re Friends … will be released on September 23.

Mil’s Trills is a music project founded by Brooklyn born-and-bred Amelia Robinson, which, through highly interactive live performances and beautifully produced recordings of original songs, encourages everyone — kids, parents,caregivers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, neighbors, and friends — to appreciate, connect, and deepen friendships through singing, dancing, and just having fun together.
The Parents’ Choice® Awards lauded Mil’s Trills 2014 release,Everyone Together Now! as “an impressive debut album.”  Swing Whistle Zing enthused, “With an inviting jazz-blues style, families will find themselves wrapped up in the warmth of the Mil’s Trills community.”

Says Amelia Robinson, “While Everyone Together Now! served as a sort of “We’re HEEERE!” album, Now That We’re Friends … furthers a more intimate discussion about relating to one another.  It’s very much about accepting each other’s differences and getting along, which is what Mil’s Trills is all about:  building community, breaking age barriers, and embracing cultural diversity through music.”

Now That We’re Friends … is a concept album on a theme of cooperative friendship in which Amelia Robinson’s boundlessly welcoming, enthusiastic voice is always front and center.  The album kicks off with “Say Hey!” which lays down a groovy minor vamp for the verses, explodes into major for the joyful chorus, and features decisive statements from a spectacular horn line and an incisive, swinging style from the vocal ensemble.  Other highlights include the Afro-Caribbean influenced “Just A Little Bit,” with exquisite lyrical phrasing from the bass section, and “Great Big Sky,” a mellow reflection on the vastness of the universe.

After working at V2 Records (White Stripes, Moby, Elbow) and Dubway Studios (The Backyardigans and artists such as Alicia Keys and Cyndi Lauper), Amelia Robinson spent two years in London where she worked alongside award-winning British composer Michael Nyman and found herself at the forefront of the ukulele resurgence, performing at events such as the Ukulele Festival of Great Britain.  Amelia went on to compose and conduct a 20-minute orchestral exploration through London’s historic East End that enlisted the help of 500 bicycle bell-playing participants.  The Cycle Symphony received a #1 Time Out London Critic’s Choice and earned Amelia a spot on BBC Radio 1.

Mil’s Trills has appeared on Lincoln Center’s Meet the Artist Series and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  Other noteworthy performance venues have included the Guggenheim Museum, BAM, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, 92nd Street Y, JCC Manhattan, and South Street Seaport (with Sesame Street’s Gordon and Elmo). Coming up is Mil’s Trills’Washington, DC area debut at Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods.

I received an advanced copy of this CD and the music will make you smile! It will just put you in a happy, cheerful mood! Children ill love it!  I highly recommend for younger kids and I love the positive message of getting along with others!  Don’t miss this one later this month!

Now That We’re Friends … will be available on Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, Bandcamp, and on the Mil’s Trills website, HERE.

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Team Kellie Rockin’ Warrior Dash Contest: Win a Trip to Nashville to Compete with Country Star Kellie Pickler on her Warrior Dash Race Team!


Nashville is about to be taken over by Warriors—and Kellie Pickler! The world’s largest obstacle race series, the Warrior Dash, will be taking place in Pulaski, TN on Saturday, October 10th, and country star Kellie Pickler is looking for one lucky contest winner and guest to be on her team to compete in the upcoming 5k race, which includes a giant mud pit, climbing walls and crawling under barbed wire. The prize package, sponsored by Rockin’ Refuel, includes two spots on Kellie Pickler’s Warrior Dash team, travel and hotel accommodations for the winner and one guest for a two night stay in Nashville (October 9 -11, 2015), food and entertainment voucher, and Rockin’ Refuel prize package. Total value estimated at $4,999.


Made with Real Milk, Rockin’ Refuel Lean Builder is Kellie’s favorite protein beverage to build lean muscle. With 20 grams of protein and only 150 calories, Rockin’ Refuel Lean Builder tastes great and helps Kellie maintain a healthy lifestyle. To enter the Team Kellie Rockin’ Warrior Dash Contest, participants will enter their favorite fitness tip to share with Kellie. The contest is now live online until 11:59 p.m. ET, September 25th:

Credit: Team Kellie Rockin’ Warrior Dash Contest.


Free song download and back-to-school video from Alex & The Kaleidoscope

Here’s a fun video for back-to-school time from Alex Mitnick of Alex & The Kaleidoscope.  The song in the video, “Leading The Way,” is on the new Alex & The Kaleidoscope album, Get On Board!, which will be released on September 25.


You can download the song for free below!
Click “Buy Now” and enter “zero” and then proceed to download the song for free.
(In addition to performing live and producing Emmy award-winning television shows and recordings with Alex & The Kaleidoscope, Alex Mitnick has, since 2000, directed the music program for children eighteen months through eighth grade at the Princeton Montessori School in Princeton, New Jersey.  He performs “Leading The Way” at the American Montessori Society conference each year.)
Credit: Alex Mitnick of Alex & The Kaleidoscope.

Sunshine Collective – “Up To Something Good” – Pop-Meets-Retro Mystefire Records Release date September 18, 2015


Sunshine Collective, the pairing of L.A.-based singer/songwriter Stephanie Richards and composer/songwriter/producer Brian Arbuckle, is back with their second album of hip and quirky, pop-meets-retro music with an all-ages appeal, Up To Something Good.

With their songs regularly placed at all the major networks and studios, the husband-and-wife team of Stephanie Richards and Brian Arbucklehad already carved out an enviable niche on the national music scene when Sunshine Collective’s debut album Wanna Play? was released in 2010.  Although not created for all-ages listening, per se, Wanna Play? turned out to be a smash hit with kids and parents alike, with several songs in steady rotation on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live.  Arbuckle and Richards heard repeatedly that kids were memorizing every word and requesting the album over and over in the car.

Sunshine Collective creates an intricate and sophisticated vocal/instrumental tapestry that defines each track as a true musical composition.  Arbuckle and Richards don’t pander to low expectations of children’s listening abilities by simply laying “kiddie lyrics” on top of a basic 3-chord musical structure. Recognizing that children are responsive to music that has sonic complexity and lyric depth, the team purposefully delivers a break from typical kids’ fare, keeping it fresh, cool, and “adult ear” friendly.

Up To Something Good has a roll-down-the-windows, flyin’ free feel, but its summertime sweetness isn’t sticky or syrupy; it’s refreshing as cold fruit at a hot picnic.  The album’s powerful instrumental ensemble flexes its muscles while never intruding on Stephanie Richards‘ vocal tone and style or her crystal clear delivery of the lyrics.  Her eminently ear-friendly voice serves up mod pop and jazz-tinged tunes just as deftly as pop-country, four-on-the-floor, head-for-the-sun numbers.

The title track is pure pop heaven:  bold, brassy, and pulsating with life as Richards’ powerhouse soprano soars over a complex orchestration in a manner reminiscent of ’60s stars like Martha Reeves or Diana Ross.  The album’s non-hackneyed lyric landscape is best exemplified by the poetic poignancy of “Waiting To Say Hello Again,” a gently country waltz that explores how childhood often copes with parting.

Before launching Sunshine Collective, Brian Arbuckle and Stephanie Richards had an R&R pop chart hit with Stephanie’s debut single, “Get Use To It.”  Arbuckle’s orchestral compositions can be heard on trailers for Benchwarmers, Catwoman, and Spider, among others, as well as network promos for shows like Cold Case, Big Bang Theory, and 60 Minutes. He has mixed music for Sprout, Disney, Disney XD, and Nickelodeon, and he is currently in music production for a new Simpsonspromo campaign.

Up To Something Good will be available at iTunes and CDBaby.
I received a advance copy of the CD and love how kid friendly and lively this CD is! I highly recommend for children of all ages! The music is simply fun and Sunshine has  Collective a refreshing and unique sound. 

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Self Disclosure: I received a free CD to facilitate this post. No other compensation was received. 


‘HEAR ME NOW’ – The Bullied Have a Voice


‘HEAR ME NOW’ – The Bullied Have a Voice
New Documentary Draws Attention to School Bullying and Encourages Hope “Hear Me Now” is a feature-length documentary focusing on the harsh realities of school bullying and the positive steps that are being taken to raise awareness and prevent bullying, told through a series of moving testimonials and poignant reenactments.
Stylistically dark, colorful, and cinematic, accompanied by an edgy soundtrack, the film has a youthful energy that speaks directly to its target audience, young people.
Featuring compelling and informative on-camera interviews with Columbine survivor Craig Scott, anti-bullying activist Kirk Smalley, who tragically lost his son to suicide, and dozens who have been affected by bullying and continue to be affected, giving viewers a candid look inside the world of bullying and the inspiration to find hope amidst the darkness.
“Hear Me Now” strives to become the quintessential school bullying documentary in order to change lives as well as save lives and give youth the reassurance that they are not alone and that there truly is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Watch The Newest Music Video: Froggie Went A-Courtin’ New Laurie Berkner video

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Here’s a new Laurie Berkner music video!  The song is included on Laurie’s new album, Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs, which is set for release on October 23.
Laurie’s shows from October – December include:
Oct. 3 – Proctors Theatre – Schenectady, NY
Oct. 17 – The Concert Hall at the Society for Ethical Culture – NYC
Nov. 15 – NYCB Theatre at Westbury – Westbury, Long Island, NY – Holiday Show!
Nov. 22 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA – Holiday Show!
Dec. 12 – Duke Energy Center – Raleigh, NC – Holiday Show!
Dec. 19 – Tarrytown Music Hall – Tarrytown, NY – Holiday Show!

Celebrate Grandparents’ Day with Story Monsters Ink!


September 13, 2015 is National Grandparents’ Day, and Five Star Publications, Inc. is celebrating Story Monster style! Since its August 2014 debut, Five Star’s delightful literary magazine, Story Monsters Ink has welcomed thousands of subscribers, including parents, educators and grandparents. Colorful and vibrant, each issue explores the best in children’s literature, featuring internationally acclaimed authors, celebrity spotlights, book reviews, recommended reading lists and much more.

“Story Monsters Ink was created with making memories in mind,” says Linda F. Radke, founder and president of Five Star Publications, Inc. “With Grandparents’ Day quickly approaching, it’s wonderful to think about how children’s lives are enriched by their grandparents. Reading together, enjoying outings and sharing life experiences—this is what memories are made of.”

Whether grandparents live close to their grandchildren or are distanced geographically, a subscription to Story Monsters Ink can strengthen family ties as the magazine is shared among loved ones. An online subscription to the monthly publication is free of charge, and printed copies of each issue are available for an affordable paid subscription.

“A gift subscription to Story Monsters Ink could be given from a child to his or her grandparents in honor of Grandparents’ Day,” says Radke, “and grandparents could share the magazine with their grandchildren, simply as another way to say ‘I love you. Let’s read!’”

Story Monsters Ink also provides young readers with the opportunity to write. With adult supervision—from a teacher, parent or grandparent—children can submit book reviews and feature stories for possible publication. Another highlight of the magazine, “Conrad’s Classroom,” teaches children about science and the natural world through the eyes of award-winning author and educator Conrad J. Storad.

Featuring Genevieve and DC from Disney Junior’s Choo Choo Soul and Mercer Mayer of Little Critter fame, the August 2015 issue of Story Monsters Ink welcomed more than 100,000 viewers. Past issues have featured Sesame Street’s Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. “As Story Monsters Ink celebrates its first anniversary, we look forward to introducing children to many more books, authors, inspiring professionals and learning opportunities,” says Radke. “Most importantly, we love how literature can strengthen relationships across generations. The role grandparents play in their grandchildren’s lives can be so rewarding, and we’re proud to provide this magazine as another tool they can use to teach, share and enjoy!”

For more information about Story Monsters Ink and to subscribe online, please visit For paid subscriptions and advertising information, please contact Linda Radke by phone at 855-777-5475 or via email,


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