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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, PA… 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 hold… 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 at… 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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  • Rehearsal! #musikfest
    Rehearsal! #musikfest
  • Several hundred early elementary students rest at the end of an assembly I did in May. Kids need time when they're not required to do anything at all. When I ask them to lie still and do nothing but breathe, I rarely witness any protest--instead, I feel a sense of relief from them, and often gratitude.
    Several hundred early elementary students rest at the end of an assembly I did in May. Kids need time when they're not required to do anything at all. When I ask them to lie still and do nothing but breathe, I rarely witness any protest--instead, I feel a sense of relief from them, and often gratitude.
  • Morning practice in Maine
    Morning practice in Maine
  • A classically trained violist and violinist meet in high school orchestra, listen to hip hop after school, and merge the two to create Black Violin, now touring the country. Brilliant, unique, beautiful. Their message: do what you love, but do it differently than anyone else. It was a thrill to see them play. #blackviolin
    A classically trained violist and violinist meet in high school orchestra, listen to hip hop after school, and merge the two to create Black Violin, now touring the country. Brilliant, unique, beautiful. Their message: do what you love, but do it differently than anyone else. It was a thrill to see them play. #blackviolin
  • I often get asked for sheet music to my songs, to which I reply, "sorry, they're all just in my head..." But thanks to Brilliant Star magazine, actual sheet music now exists for my song Bloom! Listen at kirawilley.com/music
    I often get asked for sheet music to my songs, to which I reply, "sorry, they're all just in my head..." But thanks to Brilliant Star magazine, actual sheet music now exists for my song Bloom! Listen at kirawilley.com/music
  • That's a wrap!
    That's a wrap!
  • Green screen! 
Shooting the final scene for "The Leader in Me" video with @MaGiK World Animation. Can't wait to share!
    Green screen! Shooting the final scene for "The Leader in Me" video with @MaGiK World Animation. Can't wait to share!
  • Here’s what I learned yesterday about stop motion animation: it requires a borderline super-human amount of patience. It’s crazy cool though…and the result, featuring some fabulous kids and a song of mine, will be part of Bethlehem’s South Side Film Festival in a few weeks! Stay tuned…
    Here’s what I learned yesterday about stop motion animation: it requires a borderline super-human amount of patience. It’s crazy cool though…and the result, featuring some fabulous kids and a song of mine, will be part of Bethlehem’s South Side Film Festival in a few weeks! Stay tuned…
  • I led the opening assembly at an elementary school’s Arts Day today, where I challenged a few hundred kids, K-5th grade, to sit quietly with eyes closed while I sang “Colors” to them. They were brilliant; they all did it beautifully. A first grade boy called out to me after, “Hey! I really liked that part when we closed our eyes and listened to the music…”
    I led the opening assembly at an elementary school’s Arts Day today, where I challenged a few hundred kids, K-5th grade, to sit quietly with eyes closed while I sang “Colors” to them. They were brilliant; they all did it beautifully. A first grade boy called out to me after, “Hey! I really liked that part when we closed our eyes and listened to the music…”
  • It's official! Look out, grownup yogis...no one in the family is safe now, I can teach ALL OF YOU!
    It's official! Look out, grownup yogis...no one in the family is safe now, I can teach ALL OF YOU!
  • "The show was so beautiful! We couldn't even stand it." Maybe the best thank you note I've ever gotten
    "The show was so beautiful! We couldn't even stand it." Maybe the best thank you note I've ever gotten
  • Go plane go
    Go plane go
  • Crack o' dawn @WFMZTV appearance this morning, promoting our big March 14 benefit. Good thing my backup singers are professionals
    Crack o' dawn @WFMZTV appearance this morning, promoting our big March 14 benefit. Good thing my backup singers are professionals
  • Posters are in and the word is spreading! Tickets are on sale for the Donegan Elementary benefit kids' concert at Zoellner, March 14--get yours now!
Zoellnerartscenter.org
    Posters are in and the word is spreading! Tickets are on sale for the Donegan Elementary benefit kids' concert at Zoellner, March 14--get yours now! Zoellnerartscenter.org
  • Putting the finishing touches on the new Colors (2014 Remix) video!! Haven't heard the song? Listen here: kirawilley.com
    Putting the finishing touches on the new Colors (2014 Remix) video!! Haven't heard the song? Listen here: kirawilley.com
  • Video shoot! Kept up the smile the whole time--it was about 15 degrees and my face just froze that way
    Video shoot! Kept up the smile the whole time--it was about 15 degrees and my face just froze that way
  • Two in the house down with the flu--I'm thinking this will help me ward it off
    Two in the house down with the flu--I'm thinking this will help me ward it off
  • #tbt my beautiful, talented mother 1944-1982
    #tbt my beautiful, talented mother 1944-1982
  • Such an honor to vote in the Grammys!
    Such an honor to vote in the Grammys!
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