essence goldman, an award-winning singer-songwriter, will release her first-ever children’s album on the label myKaZoo Music through Universal Music Enterprises on January 29th. A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo is an infectious collection of originals and familiar favorites for kids and kids-at-heart. The album began as a gift of love for her son, Rhys, who has been enjoying these lighthearted, humorous tunes since he was born. Instant classics, these ukulele-, guitar- and banjo-laced gems include "T REXXXXX!," "Gotta Wear Clothes," "Everybody Has a Butt," "Rocks ‘n Sand," and "Comin to Getcha." essence offers clever and witty songs that promise to entertain as well as educate the little ones and won't make parents want to jump out the window.
A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo was produced in a grass-roots way: essence’s first album funded solely on the support of her fans on Kickstarter. Most songs were co-written by Jeffrey Pease with illustrations by Alex Conn. The banjo, ukulele, guitars, upright bass and drums were played by instrumentalist extraordinaire Daniel Berkman, who also served as her producer. essence credits her son, Rhys, as her ultimate inspiration.
In addition to the A Dog Named Moo...CD, she is releasing “T REXXXXX!” as a book; “Everybody Has a Butt” as a smart phone app; and three animated videos (“T REXXXXX!” in claymation, “Everybody Has a Butt”’ and “Yum Yum”).
essence is a sixth-generation San Francisco native who grew up immersed in music and the arts. Her parents were artists and quintessential flower children from Haight-Ashbury, hence her given name is spelled with a lowercase e. Upon graduating from college, essence signed to a division of MCA Records. In 1998, she won The National Lilith Fair Talent Search (5,000 entries). essence was then signed to RCA records for three years and worked with producer Bill Bottrell (Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow). With producer Garth May, she completed her critically acclaimed ‘Mariposa’ record. Subsequently she signed with Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu) out of Manhattan. essence produced ‘Feels Like The Future’ independently in 2009 which lead to winning the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest (15,000 entries), and second place in the International Song Writing Contest (2010). essence has opened for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Linda Perry
myKaZoo Music is a new family music label created in partnership with Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). For more information about the company’s plans to develop and present high quality family music experiences, visit www.mykazoomusic.com.