The follow-up to Kira Wiley’s award-winning debut CD, ” Dance for the Sun “, is a unique two-in-one combination of captivating songs and get-up-and move inspiration. Featuring great original tunes that kids (and parents!) will love, it also includes 13 bonus yoga tracks and an illustrated booklet with more that 50 simple yoga poses. Yoga has never been more kid-friendly and family music has never been more active and fun!
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Kira originally created “Dance for the Sun” to use in her kids’ yoga classes, but the CD has since found a devoted following above and
beyond its connection to yoga. It has won six music-industry awards–including a prestigious Parents’ Choice Award and the Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Album–and kids and parents alike can be found listening to “Dance for the Sun” at home, in the car, and at school, even when they’re nowhere near a yoga mat.
When Kira’s song “Colors” was chosen for Dell’s laptop ad campaign in 2008, its worldwide exposure brought Kira’s music to people around the globe. Yoga instructors, schoolteachers, and parents have all discovered the magic that Kira’s songs work with children, whether they’re doing the yoga poses, calming down with the slower songs, or grooving to upbeat tunes like “Caterpillar Caterpillar” (which won the Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Song).
But “Dance for the Sun” is not only a collection of hip family tunes–ranging in style from folky guitar songs to jazzy numbers and traditional African melodies–but also an easy, fun way to get kids moving and improve their health and self-esteem. For a fun, low-key yoga practice that your kids will love, you can listen to the CD’s Bonus Yoga Tracks and use the beautifully illustrated booklet. The instructions are clear and fun, and the poses and movements simple–no yoga experience necessary!
Kira’s songs are in frequent rotation on XM/Sirius Radio, and she performs with her band at music festivals, schools, yoga studios and other family-friendly venues. For booking information, please email email@example.com.
Both parents and critics give “Dance for the Sun” rave reviews:
“The sweet nature and aspect of Kira Willey’s family-oriented CD is in the singular fact that the lyrics and music aren’t childlike – nothing singsongy here…this record gives a musical respect to its audience, both young and old, in the interesting and delightful authentic songs she has created. This is one of the best family records we’ve heard and we look forward to more!” –Editors’ pick, Earbuzz.com
“I really love the mix of doowop, jazz, etc….killer sax, upright bass, and lots of other little surprises! Kira’s voice has that soft, breathy quality that I love (so Suzanne Vega, especially on Caterpillar Caterpillar)…and I love the atmosphere of the songs (particularly that they aren’t all just generically happy/silly)…there’s real depth in there, including lyrically…but on a level that is accessible to kids, and exposes them to more sophisticated musical styles. Bravo!” –Sue Hartman, PA
“Every parent, teacher and caregiver should own this!” –Mary Vawn, NY
Kira’s songs are also included on the following compilations:
“Calling All Kids,” by Meijer, featuring “Colors”
“Independent Music Awards 2008,” by the Musician’s Resource Group, featuring Best Children’s Song “Caterpillar Caterpillar”
“Children’s Radio Sampler” by Oasis, featuring “Caterpillar Caterpillar”