Kira Willey | Kings & Queens of the Forest

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Kings & Queens of the Forest

by Kira Willey

Kira Willey is back with her unique, two-in-one combination of captivating songs and get-up-and-move inspiration. With 13 great original tunes kids & parents will love, it also includes Bonus Yoga Tracks and a booklet with more than 50 simple yoga poses!
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Pop
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1. Roller Coaster
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2. Mr. Cricket Hop
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3. Follow Me
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4. Let the Sun Shine In
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5. The Mixing Bowl
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6. Go Plane Go
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7. Little Deer Isle
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8. Mama Nature
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9. Tap My Drum
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10. Stand Up
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11. All I Wanna Do Is Dance
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12. Kings & Queens of the Forest
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13. Underneath the Rainbow
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14. Let the Sun Shine In (Yoga Track)
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15. Roller Coaster (Yoga Track)
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16. Mr. Cricket Hop (Yoga Track)
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17. Follow Me (Yoga Track)
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18. Underneath the Rainbow (Yoga Track)
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19. Stand Up (Yoga Track)
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20. Tap My Drum (Yoga Track)`
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21. Little Deer Isle (Yoga Track)
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22. Kings & Queens of the Forest (Yoga Track)
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23. Go Plane Go (Yoga Track)
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24. All I Wanna Do Is Dance (Yoga Track)
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25. The Mixing Bowl (Yoga Track)
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26. Mama Nature (Yoga Track)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Award-winning children's artist Kira Willey is back! Best known for her worldwide hit, “Colors,” featured in a Dell laptop commercial in 2008, Kira is releasing her newest CD, “Kings & Queens of the Forest: Yoga Songs for Kids, Vol. 2.”

“Kings & Queens of the Forest” is the follow-up to Kira Willey’s award-winning debut album, “Dance for the Sun.” The new CD is a unique two-in-one combination of captivating songs and get-up-and-move inspiration. More than just great original tunes that kids (and parents!) will love, it also includes 13 bonus Yoga Tracks and an illustrated booklet with more than 40 simple yoga poses. Yoga has never been more kid-friendly--and family music has never been more active and fun.

"Children are natural yogis," Willey says. "The foundation of yoga is imitating aspects of the natural world--trees, mountains, animals--and kids take to it quickly and easily. And when you set the movements and poses to fun music, children are instantly, and completely, engaged.”

Willey wrote the music and lyrics for all 13 original songs, and plays mandolin, violin, ukulele, and guitar on the album. Her music has been described as upbeat, joyful, and danceable. Check out the song clips!

Kira Willey grew up in New England playing classical violin and singing with her musical family. While living in New York City, she taught music to young children and realized that her students had the most fun when they were up and moving—wiggling, stretching, dancing. Kira had the idea to combine music and yoga as a way to fully engage kids, giving them the mind/body benefits of yoga plus the joy of hearing many styles of music. She founded Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids in 2006.

When she began teaching kids’ yoga (after getting certified through Next Generation Yoga and Baby Om, both in New York City), she brought along her guitar and a few tunes she had written. Instant hit: the kids loved it when Kira sang and played, and they always asked for more music. They learned the songs very quickly, sang along, and easily remembered the poses that went with them.

Kira began writing more and more songs to use in class, which eventually inspired her to record “Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids,” released in 2007. Thanks to positive word-of-mouth, great reviews, a handful of awards, and (last but not least) a request from Dell to use her song “Colors” in a worldwide ad campaign in 2008, Kira’s music has found a large, diverse and devoted following. Eighteen-year-olds on Facebook, parents of developmentally disabled kids, and at least one monk in Dublin… and many others, have been inspired and moved by her songs.

Kira has received an Independent Music Award for Best Children's Album: “Dance for the Sun,” an Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Song: “Caterpillar Caterpillar,” the Just Plain Folks Best Children’s Song Award: “Colors,” a 2007 Parents’ Choice Award: “Dance for the Sun,” and two Children's Music Web Awards--one for Best Recording for Preschoolers: “Dance For The Sun,” and one for Best Children’s Song: “Caterpillar Caterpillar.”


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Lauren

For adults too!
Wonderful songs and lyrics to get anyone's day off to a good start. For all ages and even those who do not do yoga. The songs just make a person want to move and dance, put on a smile and be happy.

oky

OMazing Kids Yoga music
What I LOVE about this CD:
I am a huge fan of folk music for kids and Kira's vocal and musical style makes you smile inside .... I enjoy listening to it just as music as well as using it in my work with kids as a Speech-Language Pathologist & in OMazing Kids Yoga.
The songs would be great to use in any classroom, therapy clinic & yoga studio..... the songs have universal appeal.
Songs can tie in to specific yoga poses & the instructional book with lyrics and pics of each yoga sequence for each song is attached to the inside cover of the CD case. The yoga tracks include detailed instruction from Kira with the music playing softly in the background.
The music will appeal to a wide age range of kids (and even those of us who are "kids at heart"!).
Love the positive & upbeat message in each of the songs. Listen to the lyrics and you will hear many great built-in self-affirmations, positive social interactions & messages of taking care of our world!

Shannon

Wonderful, family-friendly album!
I found this great review of your album, "Kings and Queens of the Forest" on Zoogobble.com! Check it out here! http://www.zooglobble.com/archives/2012/01/share_the_mixing_bowl_kira_willey.html
"Five years ago Kira Willey released Dance for the Sun: Yoga Songs for Kids, an album of, well, yoga music for kids. It was, against the expectations I had when first presented with an album of "yoga music for kids," pretty good. It wasn't dorky, it wasn't goopy, and, frankly, you could listen to it even if you and your kids didn't know a downward dog from a hot dog. (And I say that as someone who practices -- albeit without real training -- yoga.) It also proved to be the exception to the rule -- no other similar CD I've heard has come close to its listen-ability. My wife used it to help teach a couple basic yoga sessions for kids, too.
So I was pleased to hear last spring that Willey was working on a follow-up, and now it's finally here. It's called Kings & Queens of the Forest: Yoga Songs for Kids Vol. 2, and I think folks who liked the first go-round won't be disappointed with this new album. And if you're not sure whether it's for you, Willey's offering up a couple of songs off the new album free for the downloading. You can go to Willey's site for a free download of the peppy "Mr. Cricket Hop." "

Vicki

Captivating
This music is breathtaking. I love the sweet lyrics and folksy sound. I definitely recommend this CD!