With her fourth album, the curlicued folksinger proves why she is still a family favorite. With a sweet-as-syrup voice, Jeanie B. delivers sentimental childhood snapshots. READ MORE
There's a lot to like on Jeanie B! and the Jelly Beans' new kids album, "Sugar Buzz". READ MORE
So much pop music recorded for children is just too silly and simple...often never taking into account how smart many young children actually are. That is perhaps why Jeanie B! seems to be offering more mature and intelligent music for young music fans. READ MORE
Reviewer Jimmy Rae says, "Jeanie B! was meant to make children's albums…period…end of conversation!..." READ MORE
September 28th, 2011
By James McQuiston LINK
Most the time that we have reviewed a children's-focused album, the resulting music was at a level below that of similar releases. Where there has been the rare children's title that has been able to hang with other similar-genre releases, Jeanie B's newest album Sugar Buzz easily pops to the top of the heap. Each of the tracks on Sugar Buzz do more than delight with catchy hooks and fun instrumentation – they will provide young-set listeners with the proper behaviors and ways of action in a variety of different situations.
Our favorite tracks on Sugar Buzz would have to include both Please Don't Pick Your Nose and Jammies All Day Long. I believe that the allure that Jeanie B has really comes in the broad applicability of her songs to all audiences that would be listening in. The production and way that the band crafts the tracks on Sugar Buzz will be what brings fans in by the boatload. "When You Open A Book" is a perfect example of this, with a decidedly dense set of arrangements that belies the track's straight-forward nature.
While there is no confusing that the music on Sugar Buzz is intended for children, I feel that the way in which Jeanie B and the rest of her band throw themselves into each of the album's cuts will ultimately make it easy for adults to enjoy what's present. Make sure to pick up a copy of Sugar Buzz in October from iTunes or from Jeanie B directly; it will do admirably in a holiday package or as a birthday gift. Jeanie B will be hitting live stops through September and October; check out her website above and see where she'll stop.
Top Tracks: When You Open A Book, Dance Party Every Night
June 17, 2010
By MYRNA PETLICKI Contributor
Everyone gets into the act when Jeanie B! performs. The award-winning songwriter, singer and musician keeps audiences involved in every number. Your family can enjoy her clever songs and winning ways 10:30-11:15 a.m. Friday, June 25, during a free concert at Northfield Park District's Clarkson Park, 1950 Willow Road.
"I always encourage (kids) to do sing-alongs with me," Jeanie B said. They also get to serve as a rhythm section.
"I try to bring enough hand instruments, even if there's a couple hundred kids," she reported. "I make instruments out of recycled products. For instance, I'll take an old milk carton and clean it, and then I'll put a little bit of rice in it. I'll superglue the top and it makes a wonderful shaker."
Audiences always look forward to what Jeannie B calls her signature song, "Bubble Wrap." "I bring a large ream of bubble wrap," she said. "I roll it out for them to pop while I sing my song."
Jeanie B will also perform her crowd favorite, "Mommy Knows Best." "The mothers especially love that," she said.
For details, call (847) 446-4428 or visit www.northfieldparkdistrict.org.
There are a growing number of musicians making waves in the children’s rock scene, and several hail from the Windy City. For WBEZ, music critic Althea Legaspi joins a stable of Chicago children’s rock residents who are aspiring to reach the same lofty position as the queen of kids music. Listen on Chicago Public Radio.
NUMBER 5: Ralph Covert, Justin Roberts, Wee Hairy Beasties, Jeanie B, Joel Frankel, Laura Doherty, Little Miss Ann and all the other local musicians who make wonderful music for kids and their parents to listen to together. Check it out!
Considering the stiff competition we were up against, we are proud to toot our own horns with our new Parents' Choice Foundation Recommended Award. One of only 38 winners total, 12 at the "Recommended" level, here's what PCF reviewer Lahri Bond had to say about Jeanie B! and The Jelly Beans' "Mommy Knows Best":
"Jeanne Bonansinga, or Jeanie B! as she is known to children, has a strong, melodic voice and writes intelligent and witty songs. Mommy Knows Best, a selection of seventeen original compositions, is in the simplest terms, about moms, and all the things Mommies do — and teach. Backed by The Jelly Beans and working in a modern acoustic folk, occasionally bluegrass-influenced style, Jeanie B! doesn't underestimate the musical and lyrical sophistication of her audience. From the wiggle-inducing strains of "Bootay Dance" to the mandolin driven "Nobody Loves You Like Your Mom," each song is a celebration of motherhood. "Colorblind" successfully portrays a variety of ethnic characters in a realistic and respectful fashion, while singing the praises of diversity. "The Tooth Fairy Rap" and the pointed punk of "Mommy's in Menopause," are well-placed humorous additions."
To find out more about the Parents' Choice Foundation, click here.
For the actual online review (seen above), click here.
Interviewed online in the "Out and About" column at ChicagoParent.com.
The 2007 Children’s Music Web Awards handed Jeanie B! honors for the “I’m a Kid” CD for best children’s CD for ages 3-5 and ages 5-8. Also “The World is a Wonderful Place” from the “Mommy Knows Best” CD won for best children’s song of 2007. All honors are from kids from around the world choosing the music they love most.
Jeanie B. and the Jelly Beans latest CD, “Mommy Knows Best,” is a wonderful blend of countrified songs featuring the truly beautiful and expressive voice of Jeanie B., as well as the very capable band that backs her. Read more about it.
"Our Family Testers found the Mommy Knows Best CD to be a wonderful collection of songs that are fun, educational and inspired by children and their families. The kids are always asking for it to be played. All of the adults are pretty happy with that request. It's especially delightful for preschool children. Great job...we can't wait for her next one!" — Jodie Lynn, syndicated parenting/health expert, CEO/founder of www.AddingWisdomAward.com,
We won not one but TWO Honorable Mention awards from Billboard Magazine for their 2005 International Songwriting Contest. We were picked among the top 1500 songs from up to 500,000 entries in the Rock music category for "Mommy's In Menopause" and "Colorblind"! (They didn’t have a category for children’s music, so rock it is, man!) They sent me certificates (suitable for framing) and two sets of new strings! Better than a poke in the eye, eh? Keep rockin', moms!