LISA MONET

Two-time national Parents' Choice Award winner, Lisa Monet has released a new CD. My Best Friend, Songs to Grow On, is brimming with enthusiasm for life and friendship. Celebrating experiences familiar to children everywhere, the nineteen traditional and original songs include “Goin' to a Restaurant”, “Shake Your Boompa”, “Genny's gettin' Up”, “Hearts and Hands” (the sign language song), and the title song.

My Best Friend is the second in a series of albums being digitally remastered and repackaged in eco-friendly “digipaks”, by Monet and her fellow artist/engineer, husband, Rick St. Charles. At its initial release in 1991, this is the album that garnered the honor for Monet from Billboard Magazine as one of the “Five Leading Ladies of Children's Music.” It joins Circle Time, Songs and Rhymes for the Very Young, and Tingaleyo, a bilingual treasure trove of songs in Spanish and English from many countries. Three more titles are scheduled to be re-released in the coming months. Each album features her warm vocals, lush harmonies, classical/folk guitars, and dancing percussion.

This collection of children's music CDs was launched with the couple's first child, Matthew, and further inspired by his sister, Genny. Now a family music business, Circle Sound Productions, Matt is the technical consultant and Genny the cover and graphic artist.

With a style that reflects an extensive performance career: classical, folk, rock, and Latin ensembles, from university halls in Spain to the Troubador in Los Angeles, Lisa has shared billing with Norton Buffalo, Ella Jenkins, James Cotton, Michael Franti, and many others. A native Californian and a multi-credentialed teacher, she first studied classical guitar as a child in Argentina, and has lived, studied and performed in Argentina, Spain, Mexico and the Pacific Northwest.

A best-selling artist with Music for Little People for twenty years, Monet is now with the independent label Circle Sound Productions. Daughter Genevieve, an Arcata Arts Institute graduate, is the graphic artist of the cover and inserts to Tingaleyo and My Best Friend, and son Matt, a feature film director/editor, is the technical consultant.

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