The style is upbeat rock/folk/pop -- lots of guitars, keyboards, drums and vocals. (Sound alike examples: Jackson Browne, Kenny Loggins with a splash of Jethro Tull and The Who.)
Not Your Typical Sing Songy Kids Music!
Again, Jonathan co-wrote with the best of writers -- Dave Kinnoin (Disney, Henson, Sesame Workshop) and Peter Bliss (NSync, Barbara Streisand, J. Geils, Heart).
Who are the heroes on this CD? The Wright Brothers, Sojourner Truth, Neil Armstrong, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Robinson, Frederick Douglass, Johnny Appleseed, Tecumseh and Helen Keller.
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT
MORE AMERICAN HEROES...
WINNER OF THE FILM ADVISORY BOARD
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
WINNER OF PARENTS' CHOICE RECOMMENDED AWARD
"An inspiring collection that teaches as it entertains."
School Library Journal
"In a perfect world, Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes series of CDs would be distributed in every classroom. ... (A) treasure trove of historical information ... A marvelous introduction to the lives of history's finest. More American Heroes has found a home in my CD player. ... "Aren't I A Woman," telling the story of Sojourner Truth, is an anthem for all ages and genders.
This is what learning should be -- a joyful musical experience. ... With this series of albums, "failure is impossible."
Kathy O'Connell, Metro Kids, Philadelphia, PA
"Heartfelt songs ... inspirational portraits of men and women who changed American history."
Lynne Heffley, Los Angeles Times
"Catchy songs ... likely to have your students singing, learning, and asking for more."
"Another worthy album ... handsome production values ... Not only do kids learn about towering figures of American history here, but they also carry away some valuable life lessons."
Moira McCormick, Family Fun Magazine
"Upbeat, nicely arranged songs ... (with a) beautifully designed caricature cover. Yes, I'd definitely pack this along in my Harry Potter lunch pail."
John Wood, L. A. Parent Magazine
"A sprightly digest of American history that will have kids singing their way to cultural knowledge."
Andrew Bartlett, Children's music editor, Amazon.com
Featured in Teaching Music Magazine
"Snappy tunes and catchy lyrics ... rousing songs about American legends ... Even 8-, 9- and 10-year olds will enjoy Sprout's unique blend of pop and rock, rhythm and blues, and ballads. ... upbeat and uplifting ... anthems for achievement, perseverance, charity and honesty."
The Times, Trenton, NJ
"Chock full of catchy ditties about historical American figures ... the CD offers tons of sing-a-long worthy entertainment that comes in the appealing form of musical history lessons."
"A noteworthy new recording appropriate for home and school ... applauding the extraordinary actions of American heroes..."
"Especially ideal for libraries and children to learn the histories of true heroes."
Film Advisory Board, Hollywood, CA
"Jonathan has gone to the heart of what made these people great by the use of his prodigious talent for songwriting and singing. His musicianship shines through on every song as he illuminates the lives of great American Heroes.
Not enough can be said about Jonathan's own contribution to education and learning. With this CD he presents American history and its heroes in a new and intriguing light and debunks the myth that one is too old or too young to learn about this great country and the colorful heroes that made it so."
"One of Bucks County, PA's most fascinating residents ... Jonathan Sprout uses rock & roll to entertain kids and teach them about courageous figures in history."
Bucks County Midweek
"Catchy pop and rock tunes ... Professional lead and backup vocals are easy on the ear, as are thought-provoking lyrics. The songs provide good resource material for American history projects and units on historical figures, here introduced in an imaginative and unique style. A neat resource for elementary and junior high school library collections." Booklist
"Kids love him and teachers praise him. His songs are hailed as groundbreaking in the field of children's music." Mark Drucker, KYW News, Philadelphia, PA
A Better World winner of Best Song for Older Children, Children's Music Web Awards (www.childrensmusic.org)
A Better World: winner of 2001 First Place Award
National KidSing Song Contest, Omaha, NE
Jonathan Sprout has performed more than 4,000 children's concerts, more than 1,000 adult shows and coordinated more than 700 songwriting workshops over the past 33 years. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and radio stations across the United States. He is the recipient of ten ASCAP special awards, two NAPPA Gold Awards, a Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and two Parent's Choice Awards. Sprout's two most recent releases include songs about American Heroes. In addition to releasing eight acclaimed albums, Mr. Sprout has contributed to several internationally released children's albums.
Check out the artist's website:
1. When They Flew
2. Aren't I A Woman
3. First Man on the Moon
4. Carry On
6. Break the Barrier
8. Johnny Appleseed
10. Keep Your Face to the Sunshine
11. A Better World
12. Peace Chimes