A truly original voice on the Kindie music scene, Steve Weeks performs with both a boisterous sense of humor and a deep sense of purpose. “We’re supposed to be entertaining and educating kids,” the Colorado-based singer-songwriter enthuses. “I am sincere about the music I write. If it’s not coming from the heart or isn’t fun, I won’t write it.”
That focused attitude about his craft has led to a series of smile-inducing delights across multiple albums, beginning with a trio of themed projects known as “The Alphabet Songs Series.” More recently, Weeks has issued Dandelion, another storytelling masterpiece that continues his musical exploration.
Weeks has long been known for his richly layered acoustic-based songs, experimentation with unusual percussion (including cans, pots and pans, even tinker-toys) and diverse musical styles that range from reggae to bluegrass to folk-hop. But at the heart of his music is always an outlandish story or a touching tale: The title track from Weeks’ new album, for instance, features a dandelion who just wants to be considered a flower instead of a weed.
“This is simple, elegant songwriting,” says Kenny Curtis, program director at Sirius XM satellite radio, “with a heavy dose of whimsy.”
Weeks, who placed first (with his song “Up!”) in the children’s music category of the 2007 U.S. Songwriting Competition, boasts three tracks that have reached No. 1 on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live.
In part, that national success is a credit to Weeks’ joyous sense of word play, as heard on the zippy species-listing romp “Birdsong” from Dandelion. Still, as quirky and upbeat as Weeks’ songs no doubt can be, they are solidly constructed and warmly textured. “I write from a place of sincerity,” Weeks says. “Even the silly songs come from some real experience.”
Although music was a childhood passion, the South Carolina native says his career in independent kids (or Kindie) music was forged through happenstance. A self-taught musician, he found himself composing a series of songs for his own children’s pre-school curriculum a few years ago. The songs were well-received, and his reputation grew from a network of friends outward, eventually making Weeks' music a staple on the national children's music scene: “The whole thing grew very organically.”
Listeners have responded. After the national recognition that Alphabet Songs received, Dandelion arrived to overwhelming praise, proof that Weeks is an artist who’s here to stay.
“I want to be able to leave a real legacy with people,” Weeks says. “It really makes my day when someone tells me that they listen to my music as a family and that my songs mean something to them. I’d love to think that someday people will remember my music as a fond part of their growing-up experience.”