Woke up to a fantastic write up today in the San Francisco Chronicle! Wow!
Please join me for the Official ‘T REXXXXX’ book release party at Green Apple Books this Saturday, December 7 at 11am!
Please join me on November 18th!
I’m thrilled to announce the T REXX book is COMING (very) SOON! AUGUST 2013.
A vibrant collection of collage illustrations created by the lovely and talented Elizabeth Carr.
EAST COAST TOUR to follow!
PURCHASE HERE: iTunes
Please check it out, write a review and tell your friends!
Santa Monica, California – essence goldman, an award-winning singer-songwriter, will release her first-ever children’s album on the label myKaZoo / Universal Music through Universal Music Enterprises on January 29th. A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo is an infectious collection of originals and familiar favorites for kids and kids-at-heart. The album began as a gift of love for her son, Rhys, who has been enjoying these lighthearted, humorous tunes since he was born. Instant classics, these ukulele-, guitar- and banjo-laced gems include “T REXXXXX!,” “Gotta Wear Clothes,” “Everybody Has a Butt,” “Rocks ‘n Sand,” and “Comin to Getcha.” essence offers clever and witty songs that promise to entertain as well as educate the little ones and won’t make parents want to jump out the window.
A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo was produced in a grass-roots way: essence’s first album funded solely on the support of her fans on Kickstarter. Most songs were co-written by Jeffrey Pease with illustrations by Alex Conn. The banjo, ukulele, guitars, upright bass and drums were played by instrumentalist extraordinaire Daniel Berkman, who also served as her producer. essence credits her son, Rhys, as her ultimate inspiration.
In addition to the A Dog Named Moo…CD, she is releasing “T REXXXXX!” as a book; “Everybody Has a Butt” as a smart phone app; and three animated videos (“T REXXXXX!” in claymation, “Everybody Has a Butt”’ and “Yum Yum”).
essence is a sixth-generation San Francisco native who grew up immersed in music and the arts. Her parents were artists and quintessential flower children from Haight-Ashbury, hence her given name is spelled with a lowercase e. Upon graduating from college, essence signed to a division of MCA Records. In 1998, she won The National Lilith Fair Talent Search (5,000 entries). essence was then signed to RCA records for three years and worked with producer Bill Bottrell (Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow). With producer Garth May, she completed her critically acclaimed ‘Mariposa’ record. Subsequently she signed with Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu) out of Manhattan. essence produced ‘Feels Like The Future’ independently in 2009 which lead to winning the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest (15,000 entries), and second place in the International Song Writing Contest (2010). essence has opened for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Linda Perry
myKaZoo / Universal Music is a new family music label created in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). For more information about the company’s plans to develop and present high quality family music experiences, visit www.mykazoomusic.com.
“A Dog Named Moo” was voted by Daily Candy as one of the Best Kid’s Records of 2011!!
The Best Kids’ Music of 2011 | All Cities – DailyCandy Kids
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CD RELEASE: “A DOG NAMED MOO”
Created Especially For Kids & Kids-at-Heart
Performing at Bay Area Discovery Museum – Sat. Nov. 19,2011
Internationally acclaimed award-winning singer/songwriter, essence,
self-produced an album of playful songs inspired by her 3-year old son
and will be performing them live for the first time.
This fourth album by essence (her real name uses a lower-case e), “A Dog Named Moo” is a collection of heartfelt songs as a gift of love for her son Rhys, who has been enjoying the lighthearted, humorous little ditties his mom’s been singing to him since he was born. It occurred to essence that other kids would enjoy them too, so she turned these real life rhymes into full songs and created her latest CD. essence will be performing all songs from “A Dog Named Moo” on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (Center for Childhood Creativity) in Sausalito. essence plays silly games with the kids while she sings – and audience participation is encouraged.
“I never set out to make a kid’s record,” essence explains. “It was the furthest thing from my mind but when I had my son Rhys – I needed to find creative ways to engage him in everyday events like taking baths, getting dressed, or wearing a seat belt. For awhile I was making up little ditties and then one day it dawned on me that these were real songs. At first I was horrified because I wanted to make rock ‘n’ roll music, but what I realized is that I am a songwriter who writes about life, and becoming a mom has been the most profound experience – it has changed me forever. I find great satisfaction in capturing the joy I was experiencing with my son in songs. Then everything became a song!”
essence produced “A Dog Named Moo” by a grassroots method. She proved that making a quality album does not require a production company or a huge outlay of her own money. Through Kickstarter (video by Alex Hendricks), she reached out to her community asking if they would help fund her project. With the support of her friends and fans she was able to raise close to twenty thousand dollars allowing her to live her artistic dream. Most songs were co-written by Jeffrey Pease with illustrations by Alex Conn. The banjo, ukulele, guitars, upright bass and drums were played by instrumental extraordinaire Daniel Berkman. essence credits her management consultant Dick Wingate (Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello) and her ultimate influences – her cherished son and treasured father.
About essence: Billboard Magazine describes essence as “a singer, who, like Madonna, isn’t afraid to take musical chances.”
A sixth generation San Francisco native, her parents were quintessential flower children from Haight-Ashbury. She traveled extensively, lived in Africa and Europe and went to 14 schools before fifth grade. Upon graduating from college, essence signed to a division of MCA Records. In 1998, she won The National Lilith Fair Talent Search (5,000 entries). essence was then signed to RCA records for three years and worked with producer Bill Bottrell (Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow). With producer Garth May, she completed her critically acclaimed “Mariposa” record. Subsequently she signed with Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu) out of Manhattan. essence produced “Feels Like The Future” independently in 2009 which lead to winning the grand prize for the Great American Song Contest (15,000 entries), and second place in the International Song Writing Contest (2010). The title track was prominently featured on “Access Hollywood,” and several songs played live and recorded on the nationally syndicated “Art of the Song” (240 NPR affiliated stations).
essence has opened for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Linda Perry and the Indigo Girls. Essence’s voice and style has been compared to Jewel, Alanis Morrisette, Tori Amos and Imogen Heap. Her key inspirations are Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Willie Nelson.
About the full project: In addition to the CD, “A Dog Named Moo,” essence is creating “T REXXX!” as a book, “Everybody Has a Butt” as a smart phone app, and three videos (“T REXXXX!” in claymation, “Everybody Has a Butt” and “Yum Yum.”). Please stay tuned for details.
About the Bay Area Discovery Museum: A one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children’s museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, serving over 300,000 visitors per year on its 7.5 acre Sausalito campus. The Museum is recognized as the leading children’s museum dedicated to nurturing childhood creativity, fostering future generations of creative thinkers and innovators. With this emphasis on creativity through play, the Museum encourages children ages 6 months to 8 years to develop into curious, creative, adventurous lifelong learners and explorers. The Museum’s unique programs feature hands-on art, science and environmental exhibitions, performances, special events, cultural festivals and ongoing educational curricula… all with a focus on fun!
What: CD Release Party – essence performs all songs from “A Dog Named Moo” engaging the children in playful games while she sings.
When: Saturday, November 19, 2011 – 1pm – All ages
Where: Bay Area Discovery Museum – 557 McReynolds Rd. Sausalito, CA 94965 – (415) 339-3900
For more information visit www.baykidsmuseum.org
How: Purchase CD on www.adognamedmoo.com
Essence will be performing extensively to promote her “A Dog Named Moo” CD, book, app & videos – Performances can be arranged by going to her website www.adognamedmoo.com
Songs on the album:
“A Dog Named Moo,” is about Rhys’ best friend, a 140-pound Newfoundland dog named Moo. essence says, “people think Moo looks like a cow or a giant panda bear; he’s the most charismatic and lovable dog in the world. Moo’s a ‘huge’ part of our lives, no pun intended.”
“Gotta Wear Clothes,” is a song essence wrote to engage Rhys and motivate him to do everyday tasks like take a bath, get dressed, wear a seat belt, blow his nose, or eat his peas. One day it dawned on her it could be the first song of a kid’s CD.
“T REXXXX!” was a request by Rhys; he was obsessed with Tyrannosaurus dinosaurs and wanted a song with pictures that moved. To satisfy his request, for the holidays essence is turning the spirited story into a book and a claymation animated video produced by award-winning producer Jennifer Steinman (Emerging Visions Audience Award – SXSW 2006), and animation by director Steve Girard.
“Everybody Has a Butt,” was co-written by Lara Miya Milrod and Jeffrey Pease. It’s a joke song about how we are all actually the same in so many ways. A music video and app produced by Alecs Petrovich is set for holiday release.
“Socks On My Ears,” was written to turn getting dressed into a game. Often Rhys would rather not wear clothes and loved running around naked. “Sometimes wrangling him into his clothes can take an hour,” essence says, “only to turn around five minutes later and find he’s stripped them off and is running through the house in his birthday suit. This song makes wearing clothes a silly game because you wear all the pieces on the wrong parts.”
“Rocks n’ Sand,” is actually, “Roxanne” by the Police and essence says, “Rhys dances all around the house singing it, except he thinks Sting is singing ‘rocks and sand.’ I decided to run with his inspiration and make a parody of the song from a kid’s perspective about a day at the beach. It’s an ironic twist on the original intense and dark lyrics, now so playful and innocent.”
“Comin’ to Getcha!,” was co-written by her cousin Sim Bentel. It’s about a game most kids love, “Hide & Seek.” essence says, “I’ve spent endless hours seeking Rhys in his favorite hiding places – this song wrote itself!”
“You Are My Sunshine,” is the first song essence ever learned. Her dad taught it to her. She says, “it’s about love, and impermanence, and cherishing those close to you. This song is dedicated to my father, who raised me on his own and was my best friend. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly when I was pregnant. I also dedicate this song to my son. It is amazing how the cycle of life and love continues. I honor my father through loving my son.”
“Hey Kangaroo,” was written when Rhys was only 10 days old. It is her version of a love song for him. “I just looked at Rhys in my arms and started singing this song to him,” essence commented.
“Bird In Your Ear,” inspired by a verse in a Dr. Seuss book about animals making different sounds. When essence came up with these scenarios, the two of them laughed hysterically, so she made it into a song.
“Let’s Make A Pizza” was written by acclaimed singer-songwriter, Enzo Garcia. essence says, “Rhys and I have fun singing this song – kind of a modern take on ‘Patty Cake Patty Cake’ or ‘Peanut Butter & Jelly.’ He learned the words quickly and loves the hand movements that accompany the song. It’s fun to sing over – it gets faster and faster and then even faster.”
“Yum Yum,” essence says is most likely the silliest song she’s ever written -“I don’t know where it came from or what it’s about. I was camping and sitting in my tent by the Yuba River. I was eating a cherry blow-pop and playing my guitar in the dark. The song emerged whole. I actually saw the words in front of my eyes. It’s just pure happiness, and I can see little figures dancing in my mind when I sing it.” Producer/engineer is Karl Derfler.
“When You Wish Upon a Star,” reminds essence of her childhood, watching Pinocchio and eating popcorn with her dad. essence says, “This song has always made me feel that anything can happen and all I have to do is will it to the universe. I believe this and want kids to know life has limitless possibilities. All they need to do is dream BIG … grownups, too. It’s about the law of attraction.”
- Gotta Wear Clothes
- A Dog Named Moo
- Everybody Has a Butt!
- Socks On My Ears
- Rocks n Sand
- Comin’ To Getcha!
- You Are My Sunshine
- Bird In Your Ear
- Hey Kangaroo!
- Lets Make A Pizza
- Yum Yum
- When You Wish Upon A Star
I am reaching out to you, friends, family, and kid’s of all ages to ask for your support in launching a project that is near to my heart. As many of you know, I write songs about life and my experiences. Three years ago I became a mom. My son Rhys is extremely spirited and he has inspired me to write a collection of songs to engage his wonder and curiosity about the world around him. To my own surprise, I am having a blast creating a multi-media kid’s project includes a full length record, an illustrated T REXXXXXX! book, 3 videos, 1 smartphone app, and a website that I plan to launch by the holidays 2011!!! These are songs that were written with great affection, enthusiasm, and a wonderful loopiness that I hope parents can hear repeatedly without wanting to kill themselves, and families will enjoy with as much laughter as we have.
Some key songs include: “T REXXXXXX!” a story about the adventures of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and how this intimidating and fascinating creature becomes a hero, not only to a little boy but to an entire town. “Everybody Has A Butt” pokes great humor at the backsides of wild animals, while “Gotta Wear Clothes” make everyday tasks like taking a bath, getting dressed, eating, riding in the car and wearing a seat belt fun.
I realize I can’t make this happen without some help… Friends, please visit my KICKSTARTER page to PRE-ORDER this kid’s album, book, app, and videos!!! There is a video on Kickstarter that will show you some works in progress. Please contribute what you can. YOUR SUPPORT WILL FUND THE COMPLETION OF THIS PROJECT!
Feel free to write me back with any questions or thoughts. I LOVE to hear from you.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I am incredibly grateful for your support.
I CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE THIS PROJECT WITH YOU!!!!!!
Love and gratitude,
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(and now for the NEWS!)
* essence will be featured on NPR‘s show “Art of the Song.” Air dates are October 11-17 and will be syndicated on 240 stations nationally!
* essence’s song “Yum Yum” has just been placed on an upcoming summer special for CBS television! Stay tuned for details.
* An animated music video for “Yum Yum” is currently in production. Stay tuned for details.
* Look for a NEW essence acoustic CD release before the end of the year!