July 18, 2011

Hope Harris Cousins Jamboree CD Review


Hope Harris in Cousins Jamboree 

“Hope Harris combines country and swing with a little touch of show music … Harris has a clear and friendly voice that reminds one of Kate Taylor and Patsy Cline.”
Lahri Bond, 2010 Parents' Choice
® Silver Honor Award review of Cousins Jamboree

 “Cousins Jamboree – with a whopping 16 songs – serves up all the energy of a live performance and then some.  With rich arrangements and whimsical lyrics, the charm of this folksy artist shines through on every track.”
Richmond Family Magazine

Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Hope has appeared on stages big and small from the St. James on Broadway to the Bluebird Café in Nashville where she sang with legendary songwriter, Don Schlitz. And these days, more often than not, you will find her surrounded by children whipping up her own brand of contagious theatrical, musical fun.

As a child, I created and directed elaborate variety shows starring my baby brother, my little cousins, family pets, stuffed animals and lawn furniture. They were all a unique distillation of ‘The Carol Burnett Show’, ‘Sonny and Cher’, ‘That Girl’ and ‘Peter Pan’…I destroyed many a nightgown ‘in flight’ off the porch!”

A graduate of the University of Virginia, and later the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Hope worked on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in Regional and Stock productions. While working in theatre with renowned Broadway writer/producer Frank Wildhorn (Jekyll & Hyde, Scarlet Pimpernel, Civil War), Hope also recorded her original children’s lullaby project, Julie the Starfish and Other Lullabies, an ethereal blend of voice and guitar. Co-created with JR Getches, it was dubbed an “instant classic” by parents and has been called “the Magic Cd” which from the first note relaxes the entire family.

With the arrival of her two sons came new inspiration and a strong need to keep them entertained. Songs from Hope’s latest release, Cousins Jamboree (produced by Rob Friedman who among many other projects is the co-producer of the Dan Zanes Family Records) have live audiences dancing in the aisles!

My Thoughts~!!

This was a great country twangin', foot stompin', rootin'n'tootin' fantastic CD~!!  We all were dancing round and round and acting like we were at a hoe down!  It was too cute the way my 6 year old son tried to play the spoons, I didn't have the heart to tell him that they were plastic, but he was beating and banging away and having a grand ole time!!

My 7 year old daughter kept swinging us around and around until I had to beg out of her square dancing hoe down techniques, my tummy just couldn't handle her pace!

We loved the vibrant pace that the music was delivered as well as the wholesome messages that each song portrayed.  My kids loved Hope's "I Can Do It", "Five Little Monkeys" as well as the melodic, country ballad of, "Holcomb Rock Road".  Each of the songs were fabulous to listen to and enjoyable to have playing while your busy doing other things.

My kids give this CD two thumbs up and recommend it to children of all ages who enjoy great music to surround themselves with.

Coming next from Hope Harris, in fall 2011, will be Picasso, That’s Who, an album honoring great artists through the centuries.  Looking ahead to spring 2012, Hope plans to release an Earth-friendly CD titled Lemonade Stand.

Cousins Jamboree, previously released locally in Richmond, Virginia, is available online at www.hopeharris.com, amazon.com, and cdbaby.com.
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CD Details: Cousins Jamboree  
For ages 3 - 10.
Label: Holcomb Rock Records
SRP: $15.00
Run time: 42 minutes.

** Disclosure: I did not accept any compensation from the sponsors other than review copies, my views are my own, reviewed by me..as I see it~!! **

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