Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards Announced

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Yesterday evening, nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards® were announced by The Recording Academy® during a special televised broadcast, The GRAMMY® Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night.

Nominations in 78 categories reflected a considerable range of talent that represents myriad musical tastes.

The following are the nominees for the Best Children’s Album with links to each recording.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and am delighted to say that two earlier posted favorites were acknowledged. In case you missed those reviews they have been republished below.

The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and be broadcast live on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

For a complete list of all categories and nominees be sure to visit:

Best Children's Album Nominees

All About Bullies... Big And Small
(Various Artists)
James Cravero, Gloria Domina, Kevin Mackie, Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson, producers
[Cool Beans Music & East Coast Recording Co.]

The Papa Hugs Band

Fitness Rock & Roll
Miss Amy
[Ionian Productions, Inc]

The Banana Plant
[The Banana Plant]

(Various Artists)
Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, producers
[Red Beet Records]


Singer/songwriter Amy Otey, might easily be dubbed the ‘First Lady of Musical Fitness,’ with her newest CD release, Fitness Rock and Roll.

She has performed at such varied venues as the Kimmel Center to the White House for the Easter Egg Roll.

Otey, who is an official advocate of the President’s Challenge Program, has dedicated this fifth album release to helping children become fit by embracing a healthier active lifestyle. Her award-winning body of musical work and her background as a physical fitness educator has placed her in a unique position to get kids engaged and moving with music.

Fitness Rock and Role is a fun energizing mix of tunes that beckons youngsters to get up off the couch to dance and move along while getting in shape.

All of Amy Otey’s CD’s are available through CD Baby, where you can sound sample the 12 song tracks from Fitness Rock and Roll as well as all of her other albums.

Fitness Rock and Roll is available in CD format for $13.99 and MP3 download for $0.99 per track, or $10.00 for the entire MP3 album.

Be sure to check out Otey’s free downloadable lesson plans that accompany this and her other CDs.


Steve Pullara, a Grammy nominated Producer and Parents’ Choice and NAPPA Awards- Winner, has created a one-of-a-kind recording that effectively tackles head-on, the difficult topic of bullying in the album,  All About Bullies… Big and Small.

Pullara, who not only served as Producer and Supervising Creative Director for this recording, is also part of the performance line-up. In the creation of All About Bullies, Pullara assembled one of the most diverse and recognized teams of recording artists and producers in the music industry. The contributing credits for this album read like a “Who’s Who”, and the end result and combined creativity is a recording that not only entertains but fosters parent/child communication about a difficult topic.

All About Bullies is a masterfully crafted gem that marries spoken words delivering wise messages, poetry and music, and toe-tapping tunes with meaningful lyrics. The end result offers up 37 unique tracks, with a mix of genres created from one of the largest assembled musical casts, each participating artist offers their own special message and approach on the subject of bullying.

Full-track sound samples are available for listening at: 

CD Baby has the entire All About Bullies… Big and Small CD album available for $15.00, or MP3 download of the entire album for $10.00.

All profits from the proceeds of this recording are donated to

Pullara’s commitment to this anti-bullying project is best summed up when he says “Always keep in mind, we have another tomorrow and that bullying shouldn’t be a part of childhood.”

Below, for your enjoyment are three music videos created from the album.

Debbie and Friends – “Walk Away”

Blue October- “Jump Rope”

Peter Alsop – “Courage”

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