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Montreal Families

Grammy-winning musician releases storybook CD

Just days after the launch party for her latest release, Blue And Red Make Purple, Montreal-based artist Jennifer Gasoi won a gold Parents’ Choice Award, which recognizes the best in children’s books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, video games, television and websites.

On her new storybook CD, Gasoi wrote all the lyrics, sang vocals, played the ukulele, piano and glockenspiel and was accompanied by a full band. Blue And Red Make Purple, released by publisher The Secret Mountain, is a compilation of 12 songs from her debut album, Songs For You, and sophomore album, Throw A Penny In The Wishing Well. The albums feature an amalgamation of different genres like Cajun, folk, bluegrass, doo-wop, gospel and jazz while exploring the universal themes of individuality, friendship and adventure.

Alongside the lyrics, illustrator Steve Adams created vivid and colourful drawings of animals embarking on a musical road trip. At the back of the book, Gasoi put together a listening guide full of fun facts, activities and questions for children ages 5 to 8 to discuss with their parents or at school. Next to the title of each song, Gasoi indicates the genre, explains its origins and discusses the instruments heard in the track. The goal of the storybook CD, says Gasoi, is to give kids tools to express themselves creatively.

With a solid background in jazz, she moved from Vancouver more than a decade ago and says she felt she could really explore herself as an artist in Montreal because of the city’s vibrant diversity. In 2013, she won a Grammy for her sophomore album, has been nominated for two Juno awards, and has received several other honours in the field of children’s media.

You can find her albums and her storybook CD at several stores including Renaud Bray, KidLink and online at Amazon. Gasoi will be performing a holiday show on Dec. 4 at the Jewish Public Library.

For more information or to download her music, visit jennifergasoi.com.

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