In her folk-rock music CDs, Little Miss Ann promotes big
messages for little ones about loving others and being true to
yourself. Her most recent recording, "Clap for Love," was voted one
of the top 10 CDs of 2008 by About.com Children's Music Guide.
Offstage, the performer is Ann Torralba, a 39-year-old mom and
instructor in Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music's Wiggleworms
program where she sings and plays acoustic guitar to teach babies
and toddlers. Her Wiggleworms co-workers suggested she record her
first CD in 2006 and she's been rocking out her tunes to
Chicago-area kids ever since.
Why she decided to perform and record children's music: "Most of
the music I heard was more silly," Torralba says about other
children's CDs. "I wanted to have fun music, but I didn't want it
all to be silly." Torralba opted for positive, meaningful songs
when she set out to make her mark in this male-dominated music
Her inspiration: "Making the CD is all because of having a
child," says Torralba whose daughter, Olivia, is now 7. "It brought
back up my own creativity just seeing from the perspective of a
child." Torralba credits her knowledge of kids' concerns to Olivia
and other children she's played music with over the years.
Favorite songs to perform from her CDs: "Over in the Meadow," a
cover song on "Clap for Love," and "Pirate Ship" from "Music for
Advice on getting kids into rock music: "Let your kids have fun
with an instrument," says Torralba. "Don't harp on making them
practice." Torralba also advises parents to sing with their kids
and dance. "There needs to be a place for kids to let it all hang
out," Torralba says. She's happy to see kids "let loose" at her
For information on upcoming Chicago shows featuring Little Miss
Ann, visit littlemissann.com/shows.
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