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“I greatly appreciate your helping to create so many lovely memories for families from across our Nation."

Michelle Obama

"Rhythm Child’s music is upbeat, friendly, and always optimistic with catchy drum rhythms and soulful beats to put a smile on your lips and movement in your hips."

Common Sense Media

"Rhythm Child is something like the Spearhead of kid’s music."

Singing in the Bathtub

“Say It & Play It helps teach and enhance skills such as following directions, sequencing, eye-hand coordination, and practicing use of both hemispheres. Listening to the music enhances health, relaxation and mental stimulation, spatial temporal reasoning, and improves memory.”

Academics Choice Award

About Rhythm Child

Singer/songwriter/percussionist/educator Norman Jones is ushering in a new era of children’s music. His family band and brand “Rhythm Child” is an innovative platform offering children soulful and meaningful music with an interactive component to bolster health and developmental skills. With accolades and endorsements ranging from the First Lady to respected educational media, Jones and Rhythm Child are reimagining the kid’s music experience.

The Los Angeles-based artist is a pioneering musician in the ska revival of the 1980s, a period in music that embraced multiculturalism, socially conscious lyrics, and refreshingly rich and diverse grooves. Previous to Rhythm Child, Jones was best known for his work with the iconic band General Public with whom he toured with nationally and internationally, and appeared with on Arsenio Hall. His children’s music furthers this esteemed tradition and has been best described as “John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Otis Redding playing a music festival on Sesame Street.” The Rhythm Child repertoire is a mix original material and interpretations of classic children’s songs and nursery rhymes done with vibrancy and purposeful grooves.

“I play the same type of music I’ve played for 30 years. Music based on rhythmic improvisation, a high level of musicianship, raw energy, and deep lyrics,” Jones says. “I want to give kids a sense that the music is not talking down to them, and that it’s filled with flavor and realness.”

Through Rhythm Child, Jones has released 2 full lengths, 1 EP, an instructional drumming CD, an illustrated lyric book, and he’s also offering a REMO Sound Shape Drum & Stick with the Rhythm Child Logo printed on the head. The signature drum allows children to be a part of the music, granting them a powerful interactive tool to use at shows and at home while enjoying Rhythm Child CDs.

Jones and the Rhythm Child band and brand have earned plaudits from a diverse array of respected establishments. The Instructional Drumming CD was recently spotlighted by the Academics' Choice Awards, an organization committed to honoring mind-building media and toys. The group praised Rhythm Child’s interactive component, saying: “It helps teach and enhance skills such as following directions, sequencing, eye-hand coordination, and practicing use of both hemispheres. Listening to the music enhances health, relaxation and mental stimulation, spatial temporal reasoning, and improves memory.” Rhythm Child has also been heavily supported by Sirius/XM satellite radio, and World Music tastemaker Putumayo, who has featured Rhythm Child on two music compilations. In addition, Norman Jones was recently picked by REMO Drums to be an endorsee.

Rhythm Child is a family business built over 10 years of love, hard work, and dedication. Jones’s kids, Bailey and Andre, frequently play in the band, and his wife, Heather, manages the group. Rhythm Child began as an organic offshoot of Jones’s robust performance schedule. “It started when my wife and I had our first kid, and I was doing outdoor gigs around LA. I started to incorporate nursery rhymes into those shows as interludes and bring instruments so kids there could play along while we jammed,” Jones explains. In the decade since those formative shows, Jones has become an authority on engaging children through music and is regularly teaching classes about how to use rhythm-based activities in the classroom to stimulate learning.

It’s been an adventure for Norman Jones and his Rhythm Child band and brand, going from garden party gigs to earning the coveted spot playing for thousands on the White House lawn during the annual Easter Egg Roll. “It’s an example of the American Dream in real life,” Norman Jones says proudly. “We developed from a simple idea to a performance at the White House and beyond—that is what 10 years of hard work will turn into.”

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