We recently had the chance to review Cousins Jamboree by Hope Harris.
“Hope Harris combines country and swing with a little touch of show music … Harris has a clear and friendly voice that reminds one of Kate Taylor and Patsy Cline.”
– Lahri Bond, 2010 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor Award review of Cousins Jamboree
“Cousins Jamboree – with a whopping 16 songs – serves up all the energy of a live performance and then some. With rich arrangements and whimsical lyrics, the charm of this folksy artist shines through on every track.”
– Richmond Family Magazine
"With a 2011 Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award for her new CD Cousins Jamboree proudly in hand, independent children’s musician Hope Harris is all set to share her music with the world! Rocking songs, whimsical songs, heartfelt songs, and soon-to-be sing-along-songs combine on this 16-track album of Hope Harris originals and arrangements, each one set with imagination, style, and country warmth.
Beautifully produced by the man who co-produces the Dan Zanes family albums, Rob Friedman, Cousins Jamboree cannot help but engage listeners from the get-go, in large part due to the open friendliness and musical purity of Hope Harris’s inviting voice. Hope relies on the quality of her singing to carry the song and compliments her young listeners by assuming they are intelligent enough to appreciate music that doesn’t rely upon gimmicks. In creating Cousins Jamboree, Hope’s wish has been to create a down-home, good-times celebration showcasing country, swing, jazz, blues, ‘50s rock & roll, folk, and show-tune sounds — a montage of American music — while at the same time reminding children that being kind to one another, looking out for friends, and behaving with good manners is a happy way to live.
A graduate of the University of Virginia and, later, the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, Hope Harris spent many years living and performing in NYC, appearing both on and off Broadway, in regional and stock productions across the country, and even doing stints at venues like Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café. A crowning success in the kids’ realm was her starring appearance, for three years running, as “Baker Bobbie” for the Park Slope, Brooklyn, Chocolate Chip Chamber Music Series, for which she is also a contributing scriptwriter. Hope now lives with her family in Richmond, VA but returns often to NYC to perform.
Coming next from Hope Harris, in fall 2011, will be Picasso, That’s Who, an album honoring great artists through the centuries. Looking ahead to spring 2012, Hope plans to release an Earth-friendly CD titled Lemonade Stand."
What we thought: This CD is forty minutes of down home fun:) You can't help but sing along with the catchy lyrics and you'll find its hard to sit still while Cousins Jamboree is playing:) We really loved Hope Harris' style and voice and these songs were more than just fun, they also teach some wonderful lessons along the way. We really enjoyed Cousins Jamboree and we're really looking forward to Hope Harris' next CD. This CD is perfect for kiddos ages 3-10 and their parents:) ABCD Diaries gives Cousins Jamboree an A+!
Buy It: Find this wonderful CD at your favorite music dealer.
Disclosure: ABCD Diaries was given a CD for review purposes only. We were in no other way compensated. The opinions expressed in this post are ours and ours alone.