PJ LIBRARY is well known for its award-winning Jewish children’s books, but what about its award-winning music? Indeed, the program’s music selections can also win awards, as exemplified by well-decorated musician Joanie Leeds.
Last month, PJ Library musician Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights took first place in the Children’s Category of the USA Songwriting Competition.
“My song ‘Family Tree’ just won first place,” Leeds announced in a statement submitted to PJ Library. “Thanks to the amazing Jonatha Brooke for singing on the song and Dean Jones for producing the track.”
“Family Tree” is a track on the Joanie Leeds CD of the same name going out to PJ families in the Challah Toast (3 to 4 Years) Age Group this year.
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
This CD has easy-to-learn songs with beautiful melodies that will capture the hearts and imagination of young children. The concepts of love and Tikkun Olam (caring for the Earth) are presented in ways sure to encourage a child’s sense of belonging to the community and booster self-confidence.
AWARDS PILE UP
While winning the USA Songwriting Competition is no small feat, Leeds has won several awards for her Jewish children’s music in recent years:
- Independent Music
Leeds was honored as the Children’s Music Song Winner.
- Parents’ Choice Gold
Leeds’ 2010 album, I’m a Rock Star, was honored in the Music Category.
- National Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA)
Songs from Leeds’ album, What a Zoo, earned NAPPAs, including a Gold Award.