Born in Hawaii and raised along the California and Florida coasts, Shana traded a career as a marine scientist for the glamour of the children's music stage a few years ago. And she's never looked back -- except to write songs like "Ocean Dreams" the finale of this wonderful 17-song package.
A performer at Kidstock, the White House, numerous folk and kids' festivals and a nominee for "Family and Children's Entertainer of the Year," by the National Association of Campus Activities, Shana is a star among this new era of children's artists. She is a trained educator who brings an exciting modern vision to children's music and a tremendous singer-songwriter who is trained in the pop, blues and jazz fields.
In this CD, all Shana Banana's characters are here: Hal and Henson the curious, mischievous dogs, Black Beetle, Pirate Scooterdo, Mervyn the Manatee, The Hugmonster, Cowboy Bud and Cowgirl Claire and the nameless Dinosaur everyone wants to be like!
Upbeat and modern, her song and story titles include "Toothbrush Rock," which emphasizes, Elvis style, the fun and importance of brushing your teeth; "Pirate Scooterdoo," a lively tune about a book loving pirate who teaches kids about the four directions; "Trash Rap," which teaches recycling and has kids chanting "Pick it up . . . and throw it a-WAY!" and "Black Beetle," which drives home the point that a person shouldn't be judged by what they look like.
Add a Hawaiian-inspired "Banana Shack," the silly "A-A-Aachoo Blues," mysterious "Ooga Booga Dance," imaginative "Space Explorer," the wild "If I Ate My House," and the funny "Green" and you can understand why children all over the country are singing "Let's Go Bananas" when Shana Banana passes through town.
"Your new music is exceptional. You are truly the most talented children's performer anywhere. However, your talents go far beyond musical. You are blessed with the ability to make all children feel very special (parents
--Tammy F., Tampa Bay parent
"We are big fans! Our last CD was accidentally broken, and we were heartbroken. It has been my 4-year old's favorite CD since she began asking for music."
--Mary, Tampa parent
"You have a great act, a great stage presence, a great concept. Continued success in your career."
-- Dawn Hudson, Carrollwood Area Business Association
"You are truly a teacher of children and an exceptional performer. The activities for the children were super!"
-- Will B., Tampa, Florida, in response to "Discover Native America" Children's Village
"Your songs are so awesome. You are so funny and I love you so much." -- Sara - Shana Banana fan
"Just so you know, your CD *IS THE ONLY* CD my 2 yr old wants to listen to at all times. She must have it each night to go to bed. So, Shana, you are up their on the list of "who's who" in my daughters life."
-- Dana, Tampa Bay Parent
"Your music is great and so original, take it from one who knows kids, been teaching them for over 30 yrs...."
-- Linda F., Hollywood, Florida
"I Wanna be a Dinosaur" is one of the best kiddy songs to come out of the states this year!"
-- Scotty and Lulu, award-winning children's music duo, Hong Kong.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Magic Pocket Poem
2. Song In My Pocket
3. Fruity Frambaloozie
4. Chicken Pants
6. Troubles Are Like Bubbles
7. Hopscotch Sunday
8. The Popcorn Song (live!)
9. The Owie Song
10. I Am a Robot (I Will Clean My Room)
11. The Library Song (live!)
12. Four Little Monkeys
13. The Grandparents' Song
14. Big Alligator (live!)
15. Friends Like You
16. The Goodbye/Hello Song