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Sunday, February 02 2014 15:59

Review: ELLA JENKINS - "123s & ABCs"

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It's incredible to think of any musical artist being able to release a staggering 34 full-length albums over the course of their career, but in an incredible 56 years of recording for Smithsonian Folkways, that's exactly the number that ELLA JENKINS recently reached, with the release of "123s & ABCs."

Jenkins, a Chicago resident, is often referred to as America's "First Lady of Children's Music," and with her albums come a certain level of comfort, with each song delivered in a trusted voice that kids embrace.

Ella Jenkins - 123s and ABCs tracklisting:

Ella Jenkins - 123s and ABCs1. Easy as ABC
2. Johnny Had One Friend
3. One, Two, Three, Four, Five
4. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
5. One Potato, Two Potato
6. Eight Clay Pigeons
7. Counting from One to Ten in Spanish
8. Counting in Swahili
9. One, Two, Three, O'Leary
10. Numbers and Alphabets
11. ABCs
12. And One and Two...
13. Ten Green Bottles
14. Farmer Brown Had Ten Green Apples
15. The Rabbi Teaches ABCs/English ABC Song
16. This Old Man

Rock Father Approved! 2014

We've been listening to "123s & ABCs" for a few weeks now, both here at Rock Father HQ and in the car during our daily travels (preview three tracks here) and the connection with my girls was immediate. Jenkins is a natural teacher and the informal presentation brings a "live" feel to the 16-song collection geared toward helping kids learn counting and the alphabet.

"123s & ABCs" is highly-recommended for preschoolers and is available now on Amazon and iTunes.

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James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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