Laurie Berkner is a musician known for her children's music. She plays guitar and sings lead vocals in the Laurie Berkner Band. She is a popular artist in the Kindie rock genre. In high school, Berkner was involved in choirs, bands and musical theater. She worked as a summer-camp music counselor, and spent several years as a children's music specialist for day care centers and preschools. She joined a cover band, and then started a band that played original music. She started writing children's music and began performing for children's birthday parties. Berkner's first album, "Whaddaya Think of That?" was a cassette-only release in 1997. She has released 12 albums as of 2020. Berkner appeared on The Today Show, and made regular appearances on Nick Jr., in music videos played between programs and on the program Jack's Big Music Show. In 2013, she starred in the animated Sprout series, "Sing It, Laurie!" She wrote the music and lyrics for the musical "Wanda’s Monster The Musical." Berkner has written two children's books and three e-books, and she has released two DVDs. She created an audiobook series called "Laurie Berkner Song and Story Kitchen" with Audible Studios. Berkner was raised in Princeton NJ. As a student at Rutgers University, she toured Europe as a choir soloist and an orchestral guitar player.
If you have children, then the name Laurie Berkner will be very familiar to you, as she has been a staple of children's music for the last 20 years. In this episode: We sit down with Laurie to discuss her entrepreneurial roots as a musician and indie label owner, the fact that she graduated high school with John Popper from Blues Traveler and Chris Barron from the Spin Doctors, her approach to writing music for children that resonates with parents, her work on off-broadway musicals and her views on streaming music vs. the physical medium for the indie artist. We also dig deep and FINALLY get to the bottom of who Victor Vito and Freddie Vasco REALLY are (you're welcome parents!)   CONNECT WITH TUNESTILES FACEBOOK: INSTAGRAM: TWITTER: EMAIL: LISTENER LINE: (908) 975-9375   FOR MORE ON LAURIE BERKNER WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: INSTAGRAM: YOUTUBE:  
Sure, rocking an arena or stadium full of fans is impressive, but how about entertaining an audience - heck, a birthday party - full of eight year olds? Successfully captivating kiddies is clearly a skill unto itself, but it's one that the ever-popular Julie Berkner was born with. From her popular album releases to shows everywhere from Central Park to the White House, Laurie shares her evolution from cover band singer to your kid's favorite songstress, all on this week's #CSS 
Episode 2: Laurie Berkner She’s been called "The undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA Today, People Magazine calls her "The queen of children's music" and the New York Times said she is "The Adele of the preschool crowd" most importantly, here at Today's Mama we call her the queen of our kid's playlists. On this episode of the Today's Mama Podcast we talk parenting in NYC, music, fostering talent in our children, and anxiety and how to fight it. Features More about and from Laurie on! Your Essential Laurie Berkner Playlist: Top 10 Favorite Laurie Berkner Songs Parenting Advice: Whatever You Feed Grows Concerts Are Good For You (And Your Kids Too) Promise! Insider Travel Tips: 5 Things To Do With Your Kids In Manhattan   Show Notes ​References, links, and corrections from this episode! Ratatouille: Watch the scene from the movie and tell us what YOUR "ratatouille" is HERE! Molly Ringwald post on The New Yorker: What About The Breakfast Club? Revisiting The Movies Of My Youth In The Age of MeToo (Correction: I said this was on The New York Times on the podcast, it's really on The New Yorker) Quote: "Worry is worshipping the problem" (Correction: I misquoted it on the show, here's the real deal and where I had seen it) Laurie's Tour Schedule Laurie's New Books: Monster Boogie and We Are The Dinosaurs   Graphic Worthy Quotes Because we say very deep, very entertaining, very quotable things on this podcast:   Giveaway! GIVEAWAY: Monster Boogie and We Are The Dinosaurs Books Giveaway instructions are posted on our website here: Follow Laurie!   Laurie Berkner's Full Bio Laurie Berkner has been a professional musician since 1992, but her success as a children’s recording artist was a surprise to her. “It was so unexpected,” says Laurie. “I’d been performing in rock bands and struggling to write original music. Writing music for kids has not been a struggle at all. The more I started working on material for children, the more I realized that it opened up creativity in me that I never knew I had.” These days critics widely acknowledge Laurie’s major contribution toward launching what is now dubbed the progressive “kindie rock” movement – i.e. less saccharine, more rocking music that is not dumbed down for children. But it wasn’t simply an enormous amount of talent that helped create an entire genre and skyrocketed Laurie to her current position as “the queen of children’s music” (People Magazine). It was an ability to gain parents’ enthusiasm for the songs as well. According to Laurie, “When I’m writing a song, I’m thinking about whether the kids will like it and whether I’m going to connect to them through it. I’m also thinking about whether I want to sing it over and over again, so I guess that’s the part that connects with adults. Old MacDonald Had A Farm is a great song for kids, but I couldn’t sing it 100 times!” While Laurie never planned to be a children’s performer, looking back on her career it almost seems inevitable. While growing up in Princeton, New Jersey, Laurie was always involved in music, whether singing in choirs, playing in bands, or performing in musical theater. In high school and throughout college (at Rutgers University), she toured Europe with several choirs and orchestras as a soloist and guitarist. After graduation, Laurie spent several years as a children’s music specialist at New York area preschool and day care centers. Working with children became the perfect creative outlet for Laurie to express her talents and create something that, she says, “has turned out to be incredibly rewarding.” Laurie was the first recording artist ever to perform in music videos on Nick Jr. and was a beloved presence on the network’s Jack’s Big Music Show series. Her music videos now appear regularly on NBCUniversal’s Universal Kids channel. Laurie is also a frequent presence on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel. She maintains a busy touring schedule and has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the White House, among many prestigious venues. Laurie has released twelve bestselling, award-winning albums: Whaddaya Think Of That (1997); Buzz Buzz (1998); Victor Vito (1999); Under A Shady Tree (2002); Rocketship Run (2008); The Best Of The Laurie Berkner Band (2010); A Laurie Berkner Christmas (2012); Laurie Berkner Lullabies (2014); The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection (2014); Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs (2015); Superhero (2016); and Laurie Berkner: The Dance Remixes (2017). Her Two Tomatoes Records has co-released (with Razor & Tie Entertainment) two DVDs: We are . . . The Laurie Berkner Band (2006) and Party Day! (2011). Laurie has authored three picture books for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, each of which is based on one of her beloved songs. We Are the Dinosaurs was released in March 2017, Pillowland was released in November 2017, and Monster Boogie is scheduled for July 2018. Laurie previously authored four books based on her songs, including two Barnes & Noble NOOK Kids™ e-books. Venturing into the world of the theater Laurie has written music and lyrics for three Off-Broadway children’s musicals produced by New York City Children’s Theater: Wanda’s Monster (2013), The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess (2014), and Interstellar Cinderella (2017). Laurie has also launched Laurie Berkner’s The Music in Me, a “Me and My Grown-up” style program of preschool music classes that she designed based on her philosophy, using her original music, with teachers personally trained by Laurie. Laurie continues to be inspired by her audience. “I want to create songs that matter for children,” she says. “I was singing once and saw a four-year-old girl shut her eyes and start swaying to the music. I thought, ‘That’s the reason I got into music.’ It keeps me wanting to do more.” When she’s not making music, Laurie enjoys visiting the farmer’s market for organic produce, knitting, biking and spending time with her husband, Brian, and their daughter, Lucy. They live in New York City.​ This Episode Was Sponsored By: ChatBooks!​   FULL SHOW NOTES HERE    
First of all, please stream Laurie Berkner’s songs on any and every service that you use, because they have a magic that captivates Tough Little Learners such as The Spaniard’s kids! (you’ll hear how her music instantly calms little Rocky). Secondly, seek out her live shows (you’ll hear how she rocked out on the Today show). Thirdly, enjoy this episode about her journey from California to New Jersey to birthday parties to Nick Jr., creating sparkling youth entertainment that also serves as therapy for all ages. (PLUS, there's a duet between Spanny and his daughter Gracie!)  
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Mar 15th, 1969
New York, New York, United States of America
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17 hours, 13 minutes