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Let’s Move, the much-anticipated second album for families from John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist Katie Dwyer, is set for release on September 9, 2022.
School Library Journal honored Katie’s debut album, Music Makes Me Happy, as one of its Top 10 Family Music Albums from 2020 and 2021.
“I love to dance,” says Katie Dwyer. “Let’s Move is my invitation for kids and grownups alike to get up and move to the music. I’ve included instructions for dance movements within many of my lyrics, so it’s easy for everyone to be part of the ensemble.”
A real-life Mary Poppins who blew into NYC from Arkansas packed with a passion for music, Katie Dwyer spent 10 years as nanny to a dozen children from different families. Here, she learned the powerful value of incorporating movement and song into each day in the life of a child. As she observed the joy of this positive contribution to the development of her charges, Katie’s own skills as a guiding light blossomed. She was especially delighted when several of her young companions went on to pursue musical careers. Following the birth of her own child, Hazel Rose, Katie established the popular, NYC-based children’s music program, Katie’s Corner.
“The songs I write get a real workout in my Katie’s Corner classes,” notes Katie Dwyer. “Designed for maximum participation by children and their caregivers, they are carefully evaluated and refined in a real-life setting where I can observe everyone’s reactions firsthand. It makes me happy to see how enjoyable it is for parents, who often confess to me that they listen and sing along to my music even when their children aren’t around!”
A treasure trove of 24 movement-themed songs that sparkle with eminently danceable rhythms, Let’s Move was designed to take children on an empowering, imaginative journey of story, song, and movement. The album bursts into action with the irresistible powerhouse, “Dance, Dance, Dance.” There’s an upbeat, silly “freeze dance” number with an early ’60s influence that captures to perfection the movements of “Gillie The Grasshopper,” a Broadway-style, self-empowerment anthem (“I Am Me”), two piano-driven rockers à la Jerry Lee Lewis (“Dino Stomp and Chomp” and “Let’s Rock”), two triumphantly joyous storytelling songs (“Roly Poly Oly” and “Tooper The Turtle”), a New Orleans-inspired tune featuring honkey-tonk piano (“Jazzy Fingers”), and so much more, with Katie Dwyer’s vibrant, engaging voice and musical versatility front and center throughout.
With influences ranging from Broadway to The Beatles, Let’s Move explores a remarkable range of musical styles, each of which relates in its own way to a rhythmic pulse. Katie Dwyer’s gifted musicianship shines as she skillfully tailors her style and the sound of her voice to fit the style of each song. It’s no wonder that several people have described Katie as “the Sara Bareilles of kids’ music.”
Let’s Move will be available on all streaming services. CDs will be available at www.katiedwyermusic.com.
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