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Backseat Yoga Breaks!  Podcast

Last fall, the wonderfully smart, hilarious Mindy Thomas of SiriusXM Radio’s Kids Place Live asked me to create a series of yoga breaks for her listeners, along the lines of the ones I put in between songs in my live shows. Except...as they were for radio, I wouldn't be able to actually demonstrate anything. Oh, and the other thing--they would be aimed at kids BUCKLED INTO CAR SEATS. What kind of yoga could they possibly do?

Turns out--they can do A LOT.  When I got to work on it, I realized...they can… Read more

CD RELEASE DAY! 

I’m so happy to say that my third album, “How to be a Cloud,” is out today! Have a listen here; I'm thrilled that it’s getting some lovely early reviews. My CD-release-day gift to you is a free download of the first single, “Gotta Lotta Happy,” which is currently in rotation on Sirius XM’s Satellite Radio. 

One of my favorite songs on this record is “Colors (2014 Remix).” We gave new life to my biggest hit by adding the voices of 75 beautiful kindergarteners from Donegan Elementary School in Bethlehem,… Read more

How to be a Cloud 

  We’ve been working away on the third album, "How to be a Cloud," aiming for a September release. Woo-hoo! Here’s the way I work: I get enough songs together to think about an album, and my brilliant producer Zak Rizvi and I make a plan and get going. Shortly after we start, I come up with another song while at the grocery store, and then another while doing the dishes, one while lying awake at night, etc., and now, as we speak, we have an album of about 25 songs. As the amount of data a CD can… Read more

Rikers Island Soup 

  Completely off the topics of kids' yoga and music: I am an average cook, with occasional disasters, and very rare moments of brilliance. Here's the thing for me with cooking for a family of five: the EVERY DAY-ness of it. It never stops. You get one meal conquered and the next is breathing down your neck. (I'm tired just thinking about it, and I have no idea what to make for dinner.) I sometimes make half-hearted attempts to "meal plan," one of those mommy-blog terms, and I will tell you I stink… Read more

focus pocus 

My daughter can get so focused on her drawing that she can't hear me call her for dinner the first four times, until I go whisper directly into her ear. During lots of other less-than-favorite activities, however, she and the rest of our family often have a bit of trouble staying in the proverbial zone. We call it Pinball Disease in our house--bouncing back and forth between tasks or activities, and an hour will pass with absolutely nothing to show for it. (This applies to grownups doing tax preparation as… Read more
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"Sweet-voiced Kira Willey will enchant audiences of all ages with this album!" -Pop Culture Classics
 
"How to be a Cloud offers the comfort of a hug, the warmth of a cup of hot cocoa on a cold day, and a heart full of gratitude." -Kids Can Groove

"Every piece of this collection is infused with joy, love, and peace" -Cherry Blossoms Blog

 
"Kira’s vocal and musical style makes you smile inside...listen to the lyrics and you will hear many great built-in self-affirmations, positive social interactions & messages of taking care of our world!" -OMazing Kids
 
 
 

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Jan30

School Yoga Concert and Video Premiere!

Donegan Elementary School, 1210 East Fourth Street , Bethlehem, PA

 

Kira and her band will present a school-wide assembly with lots of singing, dancing and yoga! Plus, the world premiere of the music video for "Colors (2014 Remix)," starring some former Donegan kindergarteners!

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Mar14

Kira Willey & Friends CD Release & Benefit Concert!

Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015

 

Join Kira and her full band for a blowout CD Release party! This can't-be-missed event will be a benefit for Donegan Elementary on Bethlehem's South Side, which has just lost funding for its incredibly valuable after-hours programs for kids who really, really need them. Stay tuned for special guest announcements! Mark your calendars now...tickets will be available within a week!

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Apr19

Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids with Kira Willey

Karma Kids Yoga, 25 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

 

Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids is an active, musical parent/child class packed with yoga poses, songs, movement, imaginative play, and relaxation. Kira will teach to her original tunes--songs from her popular kids' yoga albums-- as well as play live music throughout this fun and energetic class to facilitate the flow of poses and keep children completely engaged. Come move and sing with Kira, and experience the joy of yoga with your young ones! No yoga experience necessary. Ideal for ages 3-8 with parent--other family members are welcome!

Please call (646) 638-1444 for price information and to register

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May2

Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids with Kira Willey

Dig Yoga, 204 North Union Street, Lambertville, NJ

 

Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids is an active, musical parent/child class packed with yoga poses, songs, movement, imaginative play, and relaxation. Kira will teach to her original tunes--songs from her popular kids' yoga albums-- as well as play live music throughout this fun and energetic class to facilitate the flow of poses and keep children completely engaged. Come move and sing with Kira, and experience the joy of yoga with your young ones! No yoga experience necessary. Ideal for ages 3-8 with parent--other family members are welcome!

$20 per family--please call 609-460-6222 to register!

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    #tbt my beautiful, talented mother 1944-1982
  • Such an honor to vote in the Grammys!
    Such an honor to vote in the Grammys!
  • Happy to say I've finally gotten to the point where being on live TV is slightly more fun than it is terrifying. This is from last month's appearance on WFMZ TV with the sweet and welcoming Eve Tannery
    Happy to say I've finally gotten to the point where being on live TV is slightly more fun than it is terrifying. This is from last month's appearance on WFMZ TV with the sweet and welcoming Eve Tannery
  • Newest member of the family. 1985 Yamaha. Writing songs on piano again!
    Newest member of the family. 1985 Yamaha. Writing songs on piano again!
  • #tbt Hammin it up somewhere in Greece
    #tbt Hammin it up somewhere in Greece
  • Our Sirius XM live show airs this weekend! Friday 10 PM, Saturday 9 AM & 5 PM, Sunday noon (all EST). This pic is from right after the taping, signing CDs for some really sweet fans
    Our Sirius XM live show airs this weekend! Friday 10 PM, Saturday 9 AM & 5 PM, Sunday noon (all EST). This pic is from right after the taping, signing CDs for some really sweet fans
  • On my way to WFMZ TV studios - seriously early gig
    On my way to WFMZ TV studios - seriously early gig
  • #tbt Minuet in G
    #tbt Minuet in G
  • I'm receiving complaints that my pumpkin is too happy
    I'm receiving complaints that my pumpkin is too happy
  • One cupcake left from the @PBS launch party...I guess you can put a logo on anything...!
    One cupcake left from the @PBS launch party...I guess you can put a logo on anything...!
  • Finally, my husband sees fit to put me on the cover
    Finally, my husband sees fit to put me on the cover
  • Had no idea what we were in for when we volunteered to help at the #runningskirts water station at the #runnersworld half today...THIS is what we were in for! morph suits are surprisingly warm...#skirtencounter
    Had no idea what we were in for when we volunteered to help at the #runningskirts water station at the #runnersworld half today...THIS is what we were in for! morph suits are surprisingly warm...#skirtencounter
  • Age 10 and full of it #tbt
    Age 10 and full of it #tbt
  • Played classical violin growing up. Could not have been less cool in high school. But I became a classical music geek along the way--and I had to have a pic w my favorite violinist, the incredible Itzhak Perlman, when I saw this at Sirius XM studios
    Played classical violin growing up. Could not have been less cool in high school. But I became a classical music geek along the way--and I had to have a pic w my favorite violinist, the incredible Itzhak Perlman, when I saw this at Sirius XM studios
  • Cool guys - my rockin band with Absolutely Mindy at Sirius XM
    Cool guys - my rockin band with Absolutely Mindy at Sirius XM
  • Farmers market gig today - just a hired hand for once, contributing harmonies and violin to a set of Magnetic Fields songs. Plus I got all my produce for the week, so it was a win-win
    Farmers market gig today - just a hired hand for once, contributing harmonies and violin to a set of Magnetic Fields songs. Plus I got all my produce for the week, so it was a win-win
  • The proofing table: final stages of CD art
    The proofing table: final stages of CD art
  • Hoots n Hellmouth killin it! At one point the lead singer created an incredible reverb effect by singing directly into the soundhole of his guitar. Might have to try that at a gig sometime
    Hoots n Hellmouth killin it! At one point the lead singer created an incredible reverb effect by singing directly into the soundhole of his guitar. Might have to try that at a gig sometime
  • Last hurrah of summer
    Last hurrah of summer
  • Trees!
    Trees!
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