Robin's Musical Story
Making spiritual music for children because children are spiritual people
IParenting Media Awards - Best Product 2004!!!
"beautifully crafted songs from the heart that will lift your spirits!" John Wood, Kidzmusic.com
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton: "Your music is wonderful - good luck!" Pediatrician, author & TV personality, Boston, MA
Dr. Richard Grunow: "Your music will make a contribution to the music education of children", Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
The Narrative version:
I graduated with a BA in Music from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1985. Voice was my principal instrument. The education was terrific and Nazareth College is great. I have been singing solo since I was five years old, writing songs since I was 16. Music school was like heaven on earth.
I graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (UTS) in 2002 with an MA in Theology and the Arts. I now have the joy of combining my love of God with my love of children and music. I serve as a Pastor in the United Methodist Church.
Since high school days, I have been singing professionally - in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, ski resorts, retail locations, schools, churches, parking lots, roof tops, concert events small and large. I have shared the stage with very famous people, very un-famous people, musicians that were great and those not so great, children that are always great. I even had the privilege of performing as a guest circus master for Barnum and Bailey Circus - so, I guess I could say I shared with stage with elephants, clowns, camels, and lions.
Since 1986 I have been devoted to music for children, the first project recorded in 1988. There have been five recording projects of my own - with ten years off between numbers 4 and 5, because I worked at the only children's radio network in the US, Radio AAhs (now off the air) producing and hosting the mid-morning show, Alphabet Soup. There were some amazing moments with the children there. In addition to the daily M-F work at the network, there were live appearances or concerts nearly every weekend for four years. I really got to know what the children liked or loved about their music.
After the radio network, I co-created and co-produced a 26 episode puppet and live action children's television series for the Animal Planet television network. The show was also seen on PBS all over the country and on stations all over the world. The series was blessed to be selected for a PARENTS CHOICE GOLD award. My former business partners bought my share of the business and I answered God's call by going to seminary.
While in seminary, I was looking for a ministry that allowed me the opportunity to work directly with children and their families while incorporating my call through the arts. The joy came in the form of a start up, not for profit business in need of an Executive Director; a day care and pre-school for parents with young children. This was rewarding and I hope helpful to the community. We were able to serve approximately 50 children and their families once we got the center opened. I stayed on for a year after we opened the doors, then my part was done. The Board of Directors were (and still are) devoted to ministries of service, children, good stewardship and community building; they entrusted me with the task getting the business off the ground. We did it together, and the doors are open today. It is amazing what people can do when they care about one another and the greater good. In addition to running the business, I sang and played with the children.
From 1988-2000 I directed a young children's choir at my home church. I had the privilege of working (playing) and making music with those great kids; again, learning a great deal. I wrote many songs for them to sing in worship. We actually wrote songs together - we would dialogue about God and love and church, then I would write a song about their thoughts. It was very cool. The children let me into their world.
With graduate school as a journey that reached a diploma, our four daughters scattered in colleges all over the country and a ministry in a smaller church, I am able to devote time to the music for younger children once again. I am interested in helping children get to know their spiritual, transcendent selves. Some of my songs are authentically Christian, realizing my own tradition. However, I think we can and should call God by many names; we have such different experiences in the human family. There are many children who need to call God by names other than ones claimed by Christianity. Many of the songs you will hear honor any tradition of faith. If you have no faith tradition, I invite you to get to know God, loving Creator.
My hope is that as adults, we can step on stones of faith, invite the mystery, treat one another with respect, find the good, do justice, love mercy, walk humbly - and teach the children thusly. Let's make the world a better place by respecting children, teaching them lovingly and honoring their visions.
1993 -"Performer of the Year" - MN Parent awards Robin
1994 - "Woman of the Year" Gov. Carlson, MN awards Robin one of 10 honors granted for her work with and for children through music and media
1997 - "Parents Choice Gold" - for the TV series, Once Upon a Tree, which Robin co-created and co-produced and wrote an great big lot of songs), for Animal Planet Network
2003 Children's Music Web - Best religious Recording for children 5-8 (www.childrensmusic.org)
2004 - IParenting Media Awards - Best Product for 2004
While we all know that recognition by industry is gratifying for a variety of reasons, what is amazing is that people listen and are moved.
What music lovers across the nation are saying?
"I share my tape with my grandchildren and we love it! I hope you will do many more."
Nancy Marshall, Seattle, WA
"Alex (5 years old) LOVES the "Family" song on Rainbow in my Heart. He thinks it is a "rock song" and that it has a "rockin beat," so he plays it over and over!"
Jill Turner, mother, Maple Grove, MN
"My daughter sings along and dances to your music. Since we received your music, I listen to it more than my daughter. It cheers me up and brings out the kid in me."
Mrs. Maryann Healy, Buffalo, NY
"You have a beautiful singing voice!"
Mrs. Janet Hudgens, Indianapolis, IN
"I do babysitting in my home and Robin's music, Sweet Dreams, calms my babies down and lulls them to sleep at nap time. Her wonderful, soothing voice is a blessing and a nurturing ingredient in childcare."
Anne Laurent, Excelsior, MN
"My kids are 4, 7 and 9 - thank you for making CD's that are safe, fun and really for kids!"
We love it!
Renie, mother, Venice FLA
You can have this music too - thank you for supporting music ministry for children. God Bless You.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Angels Watching Over Me
2. I Will Be With You
3. This Heaven
4. Grandma God
5. Sing When the Spirit Says Sing
7. This Little Light
8. Fairest Lord Jesus
9. Jesus and The Tempter
10. 'Tis a Gift
12. Lord I'd Like To Be More Loving