Artist Spotlight: Justin Roberts

Artist Spotlight: Justin Roberts

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Beth Callaghan
Dec 1, 2010

When it comes to kids' music, there's a lot out there to choose from, and a lot of it is, well, difficult on grown-up ears. Not Justin Roberts. With a "kindie"-rock style and lyrics that will dazzle you with their cleverness, Roberts appeals to kids of all ages. Learn a little more after the jump!

The New York Times featured Roberts in an article last April, describing his music as "witty, smart, raw." His recently-released CD, Jungle Gym, illustrates the kinds of songs he usually produces, ones that recall oft-forgotten childhood rituals, milestones or challenges with insight and humor. "Snow Day" brings back the fun of an unexpected day off ("Please don't say the words 'late start' / that would only break my heart"), "Fire Drill" evokes the excitement of that deviation from routine ("I can't believe the thrill / I'm on a fire drill"), and "New Haircut" explores the trauma of the salon ("And when I stepped out of that swirling chair / the floor was covered with my hair").

All his albums feature multiple breakout hits that you will find parents singing at his concerts-- they usually know all the lyrics. "Stay-At-Home Dad," from Pop Fly, is one such hit; you'll find kids and adults alike shouting "Cause he's a STAY... Stay-at-Home Dad, chips can fall where they may / I've got a STAY... and if I were giving grades he'd get a B or an A." (You can see his video for this one, featured on The Land of Nod website, here.)

All Justin Roberts' albums are available for purchase on his site or on iTunes. He also offers apparel, accessories and gift certificates. View more of his videos on his site as well.

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