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TOP KIDS/FAMILY: CHILDREN'S POP
"C'mon an' Swing in my Tree!" is a quality recording of twelve original children's songs by The Sunflowers packaged in a charming fourteen page board book illustrated by top children's artist Giselle Potter.
Gifted storyteller and singer Terri Taylor Fontaine is the groups' lead vocalist, and her husband, Michael, writes the songs, sings backup, and plays guitar.
Terri and Michael's credits range from appearing on Broadway, network TV series, variety shows, and movies for television, to performing on theatre and variety stages all over the United States and in six foreign countries. In recent years, they've been performing Americana music with their band, True West, but Terri and Michael are the parents of two children, so it's only natural that they have gravitated to kid's music. Bob Stain, founder of the world famous Ice House in the Los Angeles area says Terri and Michael "...are serious about having fun" and "...they put the entertainment in the entertainment business."
Jon Walmsley produced the CD with Michael. Jon, whom you'll remember as the musical brother Jason on The Waltons TV series, is thirty-year veteran of the music business in Los Angeles and Nashville. He plays every instrument he keeps in his closet on this album.
The CD is enclosed in a colorful board book with eight illustrations by Giselle Potter, who is best known for her many children's books, including "The Big Box" with Toni Morrison, the delightful "Quinton Fenton Herter III," and her own autobiographical books, "The Year I Didn't Go to School" and "Chloe's Birthday...and Me." Giselle is also frequently published in The New Yorker Magazine and The New York Times.