Doug Fleming, Jr. is committed to creating and performing engaging music primarily for children ages one through seven-years that promotes movement, learning, and fun.
Music has always played a prominent role in Doug Fleming's life. He launched his professional music career early when, in fifth grade, he landed his first gig as lead guitarist in a local band, "The Peacemakers." Besides playing in and writing pop-style songs for Seattle-based bands throughout his youth, Fleming regularly participated in school events including a lead in "The Mikado" and a minor role in another Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, "H.M.S. Pinafore." As a student at University of California Santa Cruz, he began writing pop tunes in earnest. In the mid-1980's, he returned to his native Seattle where he continued to play guitar with regional groups, write music and pursue an early childhood education certificate and teaching credential.
In the early 1990's, Fleming landed a teaching position in Seattle's Head Start program. Inspired by the need to jazz up the curriculum, he began writing and performing music that taught the kids, while they had fun sing and dancing. His songs were a big hit. After almost a decade of teaching and writing tunes for his class, Fleming decided to take the next step and cut his first CD's-"Little Square Wheels" and "Shufflin' Farm."
Released in July of 2001, Shufflin' Farm is a rockin' fun sequel to Fleming's debut CD, Little Square Wheels. While capturing the same movement inspiring nature of it's predecessor, along with more childhood messages like "Use Your Words", and "Crying is Alright", Shufflin' Farm is a little more sophisticated with it's beat & a tad bit more diverse in musical styles. A little more swing, some bluesy jazz moments, an old standard spiritual, a lullaby, & even a live track, complement the signature pop/rock/folk-style melodies for which Fleming is noted.
Perfect for keeping youngsters entertained when vacationing, traveling to grandma and grandpa's house or just for hanging around home, "Shufflin' Farm" is a fun and entertaining compilation of charming songs. The collection teaches kids lessons and values such as "using your words," "life on the farm," and "staying in line." Fleming's music has a sincere, yet fun chemistry that makes his CDs favorites with children and adults. This newest CD features nine original songs and two old favorites performed by Fleming under the independent label iPoet Music and the direction of Bill Rigert.