YAMA Teaching Artist Alastair Moock’s Album for Families Facing Cancer Nominated for Best Children’s Album Grammy Award

                

Young Audiences of Massachusetts teaching artist Alastair Moock’s latest album, “Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World's Bravest Kids,” has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Children's Album! 

The record grew out of songs co-written with his daughter, Clio, after she was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012.  The compilation expresses messages of bravery and empathy for families facing childhood cancer.  “I saw this healing process that music can have with kids and I wanted to bring it to other kids who are going through this,” Alastair explains on the album’s website.  Many tracks on “Singing our Way Through” include guest folk artists such as Elizabeth Mitchell and The Okee Dokee Brothers, and the final track features the voices of cancer patients from the Boston Children’s hospital, “the world’s bravest kids.” 

Alastair began a crowd-funding campaign to cover recording expenses and to help distribute the album to families in need, and after raising over $30,000 the album was released in July 2013.  The record has been featured on NPR’s on All Things Considered, Good Morning America Live, and on the cover of the Boston Globe Magazine.  Alastair has launched the “Singing Our Way Through” campaign to bring the album and live performances to hospitals, clinics, camps, and patient retreats across the country.  Alastair continues to offer free copies to organizations that treat and work with life-threatening illnesses, as well as families of young patients. 

 

 

As a teaching artist for Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Alastair offers a variety of performances and workshops.  His “Language of Song” program teaches students critical language arts skills, using the elements of song to illustrate key concepts of literacy including subject, mood, setting, point of view, rhyme and alliteration. His “Music and Social Change” program introduces students to three of America's most pivotal movements for social revolution: the Labor Rights Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Anti-War Movement of the 1960's and 1970's.  Through this performance, students learn about these historical events and how music helped shape and advance these social movements.  Alistair also offers a post-performance workshop in songwriting, using lyrics to teach literacy skills and as a vehicle for self-expression.  Learn more about Alastair’s YA programs here

The award winner will be announced January 26th at the Grammy Awards. Best of luck to Alastair!  Find out more about this talented artist and his inspiring album here.

Check out his official music video for the track “When I Get Bald,” above, featuring Alastair’s daughter, Clio, and other pediatric cancer patients.  

 

 

 

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