Three-time national Parents' Choice Award winner, Lisa Monet has released a new CD. My Best Friend, Songs to Grow On, is brimming with enthusiasm for life and friendship. Celebrating experiences familiar to children everywhere, the nineteen traditional and original songs include "Goin' to a Restaurant", "Shake Your Boompa", "Genny's gettin' Up", "Hearts and Hands" (the sign language song), and the title song.
My Best Friend is the second in a series of albums being digitally remastered and repackaged in eco-friendly "digipaks", by Monet and her fellow producer/engineer, husband, Rick St. Charles. At its initial release in 1991, this is the album that garnered the honor for Monet from Billboard Magazine as one of the "Five Leading Ladies of Children's Music." It joins Circle Time, Songs and Rhymes for the Very Young, and Tingaleyo, a bilingual treasure trove of songs in Spanish and English from many countries. Three more titles are scheduled to be re-released in the coming months. Each album features her warm vocals, lush harmonies, classical/folk guitars, and dancing percussion.
This collection of children's music CDs was launched with the couple's first child, Matthew, and further inspired by his sister, Genny. Now a family music business, Circle Sound Productions, Matt is the technical consultant and Genny the cover and graphic artist.
With a style that reflects an extensive performance career: classical, folk, rock, and Latin ensembles, from university halls in Spain to the Troubador in Los Angeles, Lisa has shared billing with Norton Buffalo, Ella Jenkins, James Cotton, Michael Franti, and many others. A native Californian and a multi-credentialed teacher, she first studied classical guitar as a child in Argentina, and has lived, studied and performed in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest.
A best-selling artist with Music for Little People for twenty years, Monet is now with the independent label Circle Sound Productions. Daughter Genevieve, an Arcata Arts Institute graduate, is the graphic artist of the cover and inserts to Tingaleyo and My Best Friend, and son Matt, a feature film director/editor, is the technical consultant.
More kid-pleasing/adult-friendly albums are in the works:
Circle Time 2 More songs and rhymes (formerly Jump Down)
Christmas Pie With renowned children's choral director Kathe Lyth
Chiqui Chiqui Cha Songs and rhymes in Spanish.
" My Best Friend Monet's third album, is instantly likeable."
Among the top-rated "sound resources recommended for nurturing your child's language development" are Lisa Monet's recordings, as listed in
Nurturing your Child with Music by John M. Ortiz, PH.D., 2002, with foreword by William Glasser, M.D.
"Circle Time has become a permanent fixture in my house. With acoustic and a cappella renditions of many traditional childhood favorites, as well as some more obscure songs, Lisa Monet embodies children's music at its finest gentle voice, just the right amount of playfulness, and completely devoid of all things obnoxious. Most importantly, it makes my kids happy, and if they're happy, I'm happy." review from MamaSpeaks.com blog
"Her music: eclectic fun. If the best art unites 'opposites' a la yin and yang, Lisa Monet is a consummate artist. She successfully weds original and traditional songs, child and adult voices, and the silly and the serious in her music. "My training is in classical guitar and voice," says Monet. "That gives me a solid base. From there I take off into a sense of fun."
-Catherine Cella, BILLBOARD Magazine
"Lisa had our children singing in several languages, signing, and dancing as well. What a joyful celebration of life! For weeks after the concert, classes sang the songs they'd learned , and kids sang and danced across the playground."
-John Triska, Principal, Ambrosini Elementary School
"What a breath of fresh air! Everyone loved the Spanish and Sign language." Music Teacher, South Bay School
"Award-winning Humboldt children's music team scores second performance gold." Beti Trauth, The Times-Standard, Eureka, CA
"Monet has the background to pull it off --quality arrangements-- She's had classical training...and has performed in a wide range of musical groups from rock to classical. Having lived in Argentina, Spain [and Mexico], Monet speaks Spanish fluently."
-Barbara Sher, NORTHCOAST VIEW Magazine
"She had every child's interest, from preschool to sixth grade. This was wonderful!"
-Principal, Pine Hill School
"This is the best sound we've ever had here!"
-Teacher, Pine Hill School
"She has marvelous control of the audience. This was an excellent performance."
-Teacher, Morris Elementary School
"I loved what she does with the hand movements. My fifth graders were so into it and involved the whole time!"
-Teacher, Morris Elementary School.
"That was so fun! My kindergartners were saying how fun it was and were all singing."
-Teacher, Morris Elementary School
"With a blend of familiar and children's folkloric songs, Monet led the audience not only in English, but in Spanish. Children gathered around her listening and singing together in a beautiful and rhythmical ensemble."
Rebecca A. Froehlich, Museum Programs Manager,
MORRIS GRAVES MUSEUM
"This has been my daughter's favorite album..." When asked to recommend music, "I've always said 'My Best Friend' by Lisa Monet."
"A great sing-along for children...and adults." ('Circle Time')
"Simple, beautiful vocals." ('CT')
"This is the only children's music we own." ('CT')
"Lisa Monet has a beautiful voice and my children try to sing like her....they all love the tapes."
"Better still are...productions such as Lisa Monet's 'Circle Time'..." [In an article mentioning recordings from Pete Seeger, Fred Penner, and the Sesame Street and Elephant Show crews.]
-Theresa Kump, PARENTS Magazine
"Monet's music is broadcast on nationally syndicated children's radio programs, including 'Pickleberry Pie', which features the program 'Lisa Monet Day'. PARENTS Magazine singled her work out as one of the finest offerings in the Music for Little People catalog."
-Cheryle Easter, The TIMES STANDARD
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