Chicago Kindie scene: New music from Ella Jenkins

It’s incredible to think of any musical artist being able to release a staggering 34 full-length albums over the course of their career, but in an incredible 56 years of recording for Smithsonian Folkways, that’s exactly the number that Ella Jenkins reaches this week, with the release of “123s & ABCs.”

Jenkins, a Chicago resident, is often referred to as America’s “First Lady of Children’s Music,” and with her albums come a certain level of comfort, with each song delivered in a trusted voice that kids embrace.

We’ve been listening to “123s & ABCs” for a few weeks now, both here at Rock Father HQ and in the car during our daily travels (preview three tracks here) and the connection with my girls was immediate. Jenkins is a natural teacher and the informal presentation brings a “live” feel to the 16-song collection geared toward helping kids learn counting and the alphabet.

“123s & ABCs” is highly-recommended for preschoolers and is available now on Amazon and iTunes.

Looking for more new family music?

This week, Walt Disney Records has released “ Sofia the First: Songs from Enchancia,” a new collection of music from the hit Disney Junior series.

Certified #RockParents have a new lullaby collection to check out courtesy of Roma Music Group and their popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series. “Lullaby Versions of Coheed and Cambria” ( Amazon | iTunes) transforms a dozen of the heavy band’s biggest hits and fan favorites into nursery-friendly lullabies.

Finally, February 4 brings the new album from Clint Perry and The Boo Hoo Crew with ” Time of Our Lives,” and a fine new album called “Home” from Jazzy Ash. The first single from that record features Kindie favorite Mista Cookie Jar and a video is expected to surface on street date.

Happy listening!

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