Cultures, kids and music collide for a joyful explosion of original songs, available on February 17, 2017
This album from Little Miss Ann and Amy D. “(It) makes me shake, shake, shake and sing la, la, la!” I love stripped down folk-esque music and Keep On is an upbeat, simple, and international take on my favorite genre of music. Amy D joined Little Miss Ann’s band in 2015, and the musical connection led to the process of writing and recording the songs of Keep On. Ann and Amy provide a fresh take on the tradition of sing-along, call-and-response style songwriting of trailblazers like Chicago-based Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Elizabeth Mitchell, and other enduring artists of the genre. Many songs on the album are also firmly rooted in Chicago. Their common Filipino backgrounds inspired two of their original songs: “Ube,” (one of my favorite songs on the album) about a cherished Filipino staple, the purple yam, and “The Senses Song,” which mentions halo-halo and lychee, sweet treats from Filipino cuisine.
Ann and Amy’s voices blend so well together and their harmonies are like melting butter and they play with many musical styles. I immediately get a feeling of peacefulness, especially on “The Senses Song” which goes over each part of the senses and invites listeners to remember things they smell, touch, etc. that makes them happy. It’s so sweet, hopefully, and happy all rolled into one. There are some interesting songs on this album including a silly rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” which includes blending sweet harmonies, mandolin, and a toy piano. It screams fun! There is also a very outlaw country “Where Is Thumbkin?” included. Guest artists on Keep On include Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés (who we LOVE!) and Tim Sutton from Ratboy Jr.
My daughter Brooke with her fav person, 123 Andrés
Recorded in the Hudson Valley of New York with Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones, Keep On ranges in musical styles. As Jones says, “These two complement each other perfectly. If it sounds like we were having fun it’s because we were. These songs come straight from the heart!” After meeting at a kids’ music class in Chicago, Ann and Amy discovered that they had many things in common, musically and culturally. Amy D joined Little Miss Ann’s band in 2015, and the musical connection led to the process of writing and recording the songs of Keep On. Ann and Amy provide a fresh take on the tradition of sing-along, call-and-response style songwriting of trailblazers like Chicago-based Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Elizabeth Mitchell, and other enduring artists of the genre. Many songs on the album are also firmly rooted in Chicago. Do not miss this very lovely family album for all ages, you won’t be sorry!
Keep On Track Listing:
- Shake & Sing
- Hill And Gully Rider
- The Senses Song
- Tiptoe Through The Tulips
- The 606
- Swing Me
- Where Is Thumbkin
- Keep On Keepin’ On
Produced with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the digital edition of Keep On is available in January via Bandcamp. It will also be available on physical CDs and for downloading from cdbaby.com, amazon.com, and iTunes on February 17. A CD release party will be held at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen on February 26, and on March 26, Ann will perform at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY, with award-winning artist Suzi Shelton. The duo is also busy planning music videos to reflect this shared musical and cultural heritage.
Join the sing-along!
See the Little Miss Ann Band, featuring Amy D,
Little Miss Ann will also perform a show with Suzi Shelton at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY, on March 26.