Two New Albums from YouTube Sensations {GIVEAWAY}

Today I want to share with you two brand-new albums from YouTube stars Miss Nina (Nina Stone) and Eric Herman. Both are peppy albums for kids, meant for dancing and singing along.

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Her first album with her band The Jumping Jacks, Every Day’s Your Birthday was released by Miss Nina on May 6.

Musically, Every Day’s Your Birthday traces its roots to ’60s and ’70s pop and rock music — from The Brady Bunch and The Beatles to Led Zeppelin and the Grateful Dead — and also displays Miss Nina‘s love for dance and early ’80s hip hop and rap. In a delightfully engaging manner, the songs colorfully combine high-energy dance music with memorable bits of practical advice.

My 7-year-old daughter adores “The (Silly) Wheels on the Bus” and asks for it repeatedly (because who doesn’t love soldiers with pet kangaroos on a bus?). We’ve been enjoying the upbeat tunes, perfect for a car ride and for dancing at home. With over 9,000 YouTube subscribers, Miss Nina has found her sweet spot for entertaining children. (We like the “Brown Bear Rap” too!)


A little less pop and a lot more tongue-in-cheek entertainment, Bubble Wrap is a June 10 release from Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies.

Says Eric Herman, “Bubble Wrap reflects both the coming together of our band and my own personal creative re-invigoration. The last album I released was Party Animal in 2014, and that took five long years to finish. I was pretty burned out during that period, and of course my wife Roseann’s extended illness and death was a huge factor. But all of the Bubble Wrap songs came together in just over a year, and the process felt exciting, vibrant and meaningful, with new kinds of ideas being inspired and explored in a very organic way by the band.“

Herman’s YouTube channel boasts over 32,000 subscribers and 50 million views. Bubble Wrap is a thoughful and relaxed but witty album. It may take your kids awhile to “get” some of the jokes – but they will bring a smile to your face. Featuring songs addressing light topics like bubble wrap, food, and cell phone addiction, Bubble Wrap also has songs about stage fright, a friend moving away, and the death of a parent. It’s a well-rounded album that your family can enjoy and talk about together.

Want to win both albums? One lucky winner will get both Every Day’s Your Birthday and Bubble Wrap on CD. Just leave a comment here telling me one of your favorite kids’ albums or songs. 


Biblically Based Kids’ Music That Parents Can Stand

Hearing my kids sing song after song from what they’ve heard has been enlightening. It makes me even more sure I want to present them with healthy, biblical messages all the time – and that definitely includes their music, which they hear and repeat all the time. Let’s face it, though – some kids’ music is enough to make you want to drill a hole in your head.

Here are some albums that I love and are totally tolerant for this on-the-go mom.


The Rizers Rise Up! – The Rizers – Has songs based on Scripture and includes the Scripture references in the songs. Fun, rock beats.

Jesus Music Box – Yancy – We reviewed it here.

Seeds Family Worship albums – These all have themed songs that are fun to listen to and teach Truth.

Hide ‘Em in Your Heart Vols. 1 and 2 – Steve Green – These oldies but goodies teach simple tunes to Scripture verses. I still remember most of them from singing them in children’s choir!


Do you have any great music your kids AND you love to share?

Jesus Music Box: Fun for the Whole Family

I’ve been a fan of Yancy‘s for quite awhile. She’s a good friend of my (blogging-to-real-life) friend OhAmanda. Her kids’ music is totally fun and tolerable for adults while teaching kids scriptural truth. My personal favorite is Little Praise Party: Happy Day Everyday, which is especially for preschoolers and toddlers.

Released in March, Yancy’s new album Jesus Music Box caters to an older, preteen crowd. The songs are about sharing Jesus’ love with others freely – as is expressed in rocking track “Not Ashamed.”


“These songs are really all about making Jesus loud in our life,” says Yancy. “One of my biggest passions, through the songs that I sing and through my life, is making sure it shows that Jesus is in my heart and that I love him. There are several songs on this album that are all about that- it’s about turning up the volume and letting Jesus shine!”

Your little ones will love to sing along and your preteens will think you rock for letting them listen to something with a beat. The lyrics on each track are worth listening to again and again, in the car and around the house.

You can find Jesus Music Box on iTunes, Amazon, and on Yancy’s website.

Win Jeremy Camp’s Book and Latest Album!

Way back in September 2011, I reviewed Jeremy Camp’s autobiography I Still Believe. In it, the young recording artist talks about his faith-walk through the passing of his first wife, Melissa, who succumbed to cancer mere months after their wedding.

Since then, Camp has released an album of his number 1 hits and a Christmas album; but his most recent release, Reckless, is his first album of originals since 2008’s Speaking Louder Than Before.

Reckless is classic Camp, full of great music that will be sure to fly up the charts soon. You’ve probably already heard the title track on your Christian radio station. (You can listen to clips of all the songs here.)

“I want to be reckless / cause You are endless …. I will not be afraid to surrender my way and follow who You are.” – “Reckless”

Lyric-driven as always, fans will love Camp’s new album.

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Word Play for Day

Check out this great article and summer fun idea from ParentLife writer and local school counselor, Bill Conger, about musician Roger Day.

music_dream_lil.jpgRoger Day doesn’t have any trouble getting in touch with his inner child. As a children’s performer, the former camp counselor travels the nation entertaining preschool- and elementary-age children with silly songs that he created like "It’s a No-No to Kiss a Rhino!" and "Mosquito Burrito."

"What I love about doing children’s music is that it’s all my own stuff," Day said following a July 9th gig at the Brentwood Library near Nashville, Tennessee. "It’s my own creativity. It’s my own imagination. I’m not doing other people’s music. I think that’s great for kids to see so that they are encouraged to use their imagination too.”

An entertainer on the college circuit, Day never envisioned making a living in the kid’s market. After his wife had the couple’s third child, he became a stay-at-home dad while mom returned to her speech therapist job with special needs children. During those three years, he played a few more college dates, but he felt led to transition to children’s music full-time in the late 90s. "I told everybody I’m going to do kid’s music, and everybody said, ‘Greeeeat! Good luck with that’  because nobody really had an idea of what you could do with it."

His songs are more than goofy ditties that kids sing. It’s also another way of educating them, something he has witnessed personally. "My son, who’s 16, mentioned at the end of school that they were studying ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner’ because in one of my very first songs ‘Reach Up’ I talk about having no time for albatrosses hanging around us. He said that when he studied ‘The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,’ he thought: Albatross! I know what that is! My hope is that kids when they’re taking their SAT will say: ‘I wonder how many chambers there are in a snake heart? Ah, 3. How do I know that? Oh, that Roger Day song talked about it.’ "

To check out more about Roger Day’s music and his touring schedule, visit his Web site

What is the best kid music that you secretly like to listen to?