American Heroes is a collection of eleven richly produced original pop-rock-folk songs written by Jonathan, Dave Kinnoin (Disney, Henson, Sesame Workshop)and Peter Bliss (NSync, Barbara Streisand, J. Geils Band).
You get sweet rockin' melodies, family values and painless history lessons all in one! Is there a better way to learn about great people? There's a song each about Thomas Edison, Sacajawea, George Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Franklin, Clara Barton and Abraham Lincoln.
HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT
WINNER OF THE NAPPA GOLD AWARD!
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARENTING PUBLICATIONS
(The nation-wide consortium of 44 parenting magazines)
WINNER OF THE PARENTS' CHOICE AUDIO APPROVAL AWARD!
(Awarded by The Parents' Choice Foundation)
"Flawlessly performed and produced."
Family Fun Magazine
"This prolific children's music veteran has earned a devoted following for his rock 'n' roll stylings and positive messages... In rock ballad rhythms, Sprout paints a kid-accessible picture of each historical figure... offer(ing) family values in the best sense of the term and a celebration of the imagination." The Los Angeles Times
"I'm a big fan of this remarkable [American Heroes] series... (a) delightfully entertaining educational tool."
Kathy O'Connell, Metrokids
"This fresh album combines educational lyrics and catchy beats to make a highly entertaining listening experience that marches to the beat of a different drum."
"Jonathan Sprout is making it his business to educate children about some of the nation's real heroes." FOX TV Evening News, Philadelphia, PA
"(The heroes) are musically brought to life in a fun and informative way... Jonathan's 3,000 performances and six albums worth of experience are showcased well on American Heroes -- he's learned his craft well... maybe someday some youngster will get the idea to add Jonathan Sprout to the list of American heroes! He's certainly a role model for the Nineties."
L. A. Parent Magazine
"(Sprout's) bright upbeat contemporary style keeps the story-songs moving at a good pace and the subject matter interesting. American Heroes is an excellent starting place for some lively discussions both at home and in the classroom."
Central Florida Family
"Sprout's tuneful melodies, backed by a children's chorus and contemporary instrumentation, will appeal to adults and children alike."
Sesame Street Parents Magazine
Chosen as sole recipient of BEST EDUTAINMENT AWARD
Deborah L. Moore, Tribune Media Services
"Sound production is excellent (and) the concept of conveying the exploits of these famous Americans in contemporary song enhances the curriculum."
Booklist Magazine (American Library Association)
A featured Product Pick in Learning Magazine
"Jonathan Sprout has done it again! American Heroes is outstanding in every way; wonderful music, lyrics and singing. What a fantastic way to teach kids about some great American legends. Radio AAHS is proud to give airplay to this entire album!"
Don Michaels, Radio AAHS Music Director
"He's so contagious. His messages are always so positive and motivating, filled with merriment and joy and good music."
Ruth Sauter, Presenter & Director
Music & The Arts
The Doylestown Intelligencer, Doylestown, PA
"One glance at the faces watching singer and songwriter Jonathan Sprout tells a tale of rapt attention... (as) Jonathan recounts the lives of his heroes with drama, humor, and respect for his young audience."
Gerald Kolpan, Reporter
FOX TV Evening News, Philadelphia, PA
"Illuminating, uplifting and occasionally funny, these pleasant songs detail the inventions, leadership, courage and compassion of an interesting mix of history makers."
Grade: "A" Parenting Magazine
"Our car does not run without your CD!"
"Good quality edutainment."
"Every child likes good music and every child needs a real hero. Sprout has made that irresistible and necessary match in American Heroes."
Parenting Plus Magazine
Jonathan Sprout has performed more than 4,000 children's concerts, more than 1,000 adult shows and coordinated more than 700 songwriting workshops over the past 33 years. He has appeared on numerous TV shows and radio stations across the United States. He is the recipient of ten ASCAP special awards, two NAPPA Gold Awards, a Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and two Parent's Choice Awards. Sprout's two most recent releases include songs about American Heroes. In addition to releasing eight acclaimed albums, Mr. Sprout has contributed to several internationally released children's albums.
Some of Jonathan's influences: Don McLean, Paul Simon, Richard Marx, James Taylor, Nik Kershaw, Martina McBride, Jethro Tull, Peter Kater and Yes.