As recently reviewed in Family Fun --
A New CD That Proves Oldies Are Still Goodies
Cabaret for kids? It may sound crazy, but it works on Moon Soup, a snazzy kid-friendly disk from nightclub singer Tamara O'Leary. Possessed of a feathery alto voice, O'Leary has a knack for choosing Great American Songbook standards with luscious melodies and witty lyrics that tickle the fancies of kids born more than half a century after the music's heydey. Lunar imagery is sprinkled throughout, including the dreamy "Moon River" and the whimsical "If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon." Ages 6 and up Family Standards, $15 CD; www.familystandards.com
- Moira McCormick, Family Fun Magazine, October 2005
And reviewed by American Idol's Michael Orland --
"It [MOON SOUP] is what American Idol is for television. It's a CD the whole family can get into.
Host of the Bloomberg show, Joe Franklin, raved "MOON SOUP breaks new ground in family music. Tamara O'Leary, a brilliant new singer, has put together a gem of a recording: jazz standards for families. It's a must for every family and their respective CD collections. Go out and buy it! If you can't, then beg, borrow or steal it!"
Featuring selections by Cole Porter, Henri Mancini, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Sammy Cahn, among others, MOON SOUP delightfully achieves what may have seemed incompatible goals in presenting children's music: to combine intelligent songwriting, with fresh jazz-pop interpretations on a recording as appealing and appropriate for children as for their parents. Family Standards has carved a new niche in the music industry - FAMILY MUSIC. Parents are tired of listening to mindless simplistic songs and long for real music for their little ones. Music they can share and enjoy with their children.