Archive for May, 2010

Texas State Musician Sara Hickman Wins Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Product Award for New “Big Bird, Little Bird” DVD

Posted in Press Releases on May 30th, 2010

For Immediate Release

 

“Big Bird, Little Bird”
New DVD From Singer/Songwriter Sara Hickman
 Wins Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products 2010

 

 

In Stores June 15, 2010

 

 

Austin, TX – (May 31, 2010) – The visually stunning new Big Bird, Little Bird DVD from renowned singer/songwriter Sara Hickman was just named a winner in Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products 2010.

 

            Dr. Toy’s Best Vacation Products Awards were developed by noted child development authority, Stevanne Auerbach, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Dr. Toy), as a service to consumers who desire to purchase safe, affordable, educationally-oriented, and stimulating toys and play products for children for vacation time at home or on the road. The award winning products include innovative toys, books, CDs, crafts, DVDs, games, puzzles, and many other play products for children of all ages and interests.

Dr. Toy’s Best Children’s Vacation Products are carefully chosen, using extensive criteria she has developed over many years, from among hundreds she has reviewed at toy fairs, in catalogs, and through many other sources.  The criteria she uses includes: safety, age-appropriateness, design, durability, lasting play value, cultural and ethnic diversity, good transition from home to school, educational value, learning skills, creativity, improvement in the understanding of the community and the world, good value for price, and, naturally, fun.

                       

Big Bird, Little Bird, based upon Hickman’s award-winning CD Newborn, – features 13 of Hickman’s soothing songs for children ages newborn to five.  The DVD is brought to life through bright, colorful computer animation (one by Hickman herself) that engages young viewers and creates a calming bonding experience between parent and child that can be shared and enjoyed again and again.

Whether learning about the goop lingering in the corner of your eye, the family tree or a dispute between two birds over a crumb of bread, Big Bird, Little Bird DVD is a sweet union of visual, lyrical and musical art and a stunning treasure to be added to any wee one’s DVD library.                  

 

Songs – ranging from 52 seconds to 5 minutes – are “It’s Alright (Acapella), “A Slice of Heaven,” “Goop’s In It,” “Big Bird, Little Bird,” “Lily,” “This Heart,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “The Family Tree (You and Me),” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “We Are Each Other’s Angels” and “It’s Alright.”

 

The DVD also includes 14 short parenting tips – hosted by Hickman, a former certified parenting instructor – offering ideas on what to expect as they enter the glorious challenge that is their newborn’s life.  Tips include “Nursing,” “First Hello,” “Introduce Your Baby,” “Being Polite,” “Being on the Same Level,” “No-No to Pacifiers,” “G.E.M.s,” “Feeling Frustrated,” “Early to Bed, Early to Rise,” Consistency is Key,” “It’s a Whole Other World,” “Going to the Store,” “Family Ritual” and “Rap Up.”

 

Hickman, the Official State Musician of Texas for 2010-2011 (following Willie Nelson), plans on using Big Bird, Little Bird to help families create together and bring art programs into public schools, is an acclaimed recording artist who is devoted to both her two girls and children’s and community causes. A National Reading Ambassador for Half Price Books in 2004, Hickman traveled the country performing and reading to children.  She has served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences; was awarded the Humana “Women Helping Women” award for her contributions to such organizations as Safe Place, Habitat for Humanity and Race for the Cure; and was made an honorary member of the National Association of Music Therapy for her inspiring work.  She has toured nationally with such artists as Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg and has released several recordings for adults.

 

Previous CD releases include Newborn, a collection of 15 traditional and original tunes; Toddler,  featuring  31 songs, stories and poems around one minute in length; and Big Kid, 24 tracks featuring a variety of musical styles –hip-hop, country, folk, swing, blue grass and rhythm & blues. All have received numerous awards from organizations that honor the very best in children’s programming, including Parents’ Choice, National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA), Dr. Toy, Creative Child Magazine and others.

 

Future releases include DVDs based upon Toddler and Big Kid will be available in 2011. Big Bird, Little Bird is approximately 30 minutes (plus parenting tips) and will be available for a suggested retail price of $14.95 from Hickman’s music label Sleeveless.  To order visit www.sarahickman.com.

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DVD Title:                  Big Bird, Little Bird

Category:                    Children; Ages newborn – five years old

R/T:                             Approximately 30 minutes (plus parenting tips)

SRP:                            $14.95 includes non-commercial public performance rights

 

Press Information:      Andrea Blain/Andrea Blain Public Relations

                                    847-933-9884 phone/847-673-5836 fax

andrea@andreablainpr.com                          

Tune in For Musical Fun and Hit All the Right Notes with “HIT Favorites: Music, Music Everywhere” on DVD July 20, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment

Posted in Press Releases on May 18th, 2010

Tune In For Musical Fun And Hit All The Right Notes With Your Favorite Preschool Pals!
Music, Music Everywhere
 DVD And Music CD Set Trumpets Into Stores
July 20, 2010 From Lionsgate And HIT Entertainment
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                                Street Date: 7/20/10
Order Date: 6/23/10
DVD SRP:  $14.98
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Your children will be singing, laughing and dancing along with their favorite friends Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Kipper and Angelina Ballerina in Music, Music Everywhere July 20, 2010 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.  The package includes a full-length DVD AND a Bonus Music CD, for a suggested retail price of only $14.98, a great value!
Fans of these preschool favorites will also join the alphabet parade and attend a park concert with Barney, enjoy music on the construction site with Bob and his Can-Do Crew, ”Peep Peep!” along with Thomas, and drum up the fun with Kipper and his pals. Chock full of musical fun, this DVD special also features Angelina Ballerina’s “Musical Day,” from the debut of her all-new CG animated series.  The bonus CD features five fun songs:  “P-I-A-N-O,” “Good Manners,” “Roll Call,” “Narrow Gauge” and “The Next Steps Theme Song.”
 
DVD SYNOPSIS
Jump on stage for a musical adventure full of high notes and sing-along fun! Barney, Bob the Builder and Thomas strike up the band and discover that piano-playing is even better with friends. Join Rusty the diesel engine as he learns to toot his own horn, sing with Lofty and his bird friends and pirouette alongside Angelina as she teaches her pals that music is a beautiful language. Get ready for a harmonious ride that will have you singing and dancing for more! 

 

Episodes:
·       Barney – “Play Piano With Me”
·       Bob the Builder – “Roley’s Important Job”
·       Thomas & Friends – “Tuneful Toots”
·       Kipper – “Arnold’s Drum”
·       Angelina Ballerina – “Angelina’s Musical Day”

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION
Year of Production: 2010
Title Copyright: 2010
Thomas & Friends © 2010 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane (Thomas) Limited.  Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Design is Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off.
Bob the Builder © 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited and Keith Chapman.  The Bob the Builder name and character, related characters and riveted logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
Barney © 2010 Lyons Partnership, L.P.  The Barney name and character, related characters and the overlapping dino spots and Barney and star logos are trademarks of Lyons Partnership, L.P.  Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. and other countries.
© 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited and Mick Inkpen.  Based on the books by ©Mick Inkpen.  The Kipper name and character are trademarks of Michael Inkpen.  Registered in the U.K.
© 2010 HIT Entertainment Limited. The Angelina name and character and the dancing Angelina logo are trademarks of HIT Entertainment Limited, Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig.
Type: TV on DVD
Rating: NR
Genre: Children/Family/Animated
Age Target:  2-5
Language: English and Spanish
Closed Captioned: English Closed Captioned
Format: Full Screen
Feature Running Time: 55 minutes
DVD Audio Status: 2.0 Dolby Digital
Program Website: www.hitentertainment.com
To download art, visit www.lionsgatepublicity.com or www.hitnewsonline.com

For artwork/additional information contact Andrea Blain at andrea@andreablainpr.com
or 847-933-9884.

Sara Hickman Releases New DVD “Big Bird, Little Bird” Based On Her Award-Winning “Newborn” CD – In Stores June 15th

Posted in Press Releases on May 9th, 2010
A Lyrical Video Love Letter for Your Newborn
From Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Sara Hickman

 

 

New DVD ‘Big Bird, Little Bird’

Visually and Musically Stunning Bonding Experience Between Parent and Child

 

On DVD June 15, 2010

 

 

Austin, TX – (May 10 , 2010) –  Send your little ones off to dreamland with visions of flowers, clouds and butterflies dancing to the delightful vocals of renowned singer-songwriter Sara Hickman in Big Bird, Little Bird, a beautifully animated program coming to DVD June 15, 2010.

 

Big Bird, Little Bird, based upon Hickman’s award-winning CD Newborn, – features 13 of Hickman’s soothing songs for children ages newborn to five.  The DVD is brought to life through bright, colorful computer animation (one by Hickman herself) that engages young viewers and creates a calming bonding experience between parent and child that can be shared and enjoyed again and again.

 

Whether learning about the goop lingering in the corner of your eye, the family tree or a dispute between two birds over a crumb of bread, Big Bird, Little Bird DVD is a sweet union of visual, lyrical and musical art and a stunning treasure to be added to any wee one’s DVD library.                  
           
Songs – ranging from 52 seconds to 5 minutes – are “It’s Alright (Acapella), “A Slice of Heaven,” “Goop’s In It,” “Big Bird, Little Bird,” “Lily,” “This Heart,” “You Are My Sunshine,” “The Family Tree (You and Me),” “All Things Bright and Beautiful,” “We Are Each Other’s Angels” and “It’s Alright.”

 

The DVD also includes 14 short parenting tips – hosted by Hickman, a former certified parenting instructor – offering ideas on what to expect as they enter the glorious challenge that is their newborn’s life.  Tips include “Nursing,” “First Hello,” “Introduce Your Baby,” “Being Polite,” “Being on the Same Level,” “No-No to Pacifiers,” “G.E.M.s,” “Feeling Frustrated,” “Early to Bed, Early to Rise,” Consistency is Key,”
“It’s a Whole Other World,” “Going to the Store,” “Family Ritual” and “Rap Up.”

 

Hickman, the Official State Musician of Texas for 2010-2011 (following Willie Nelson), plans on using Big Bird, Little Bird to help families create together and bring art programs into public schools, is an acclaimed recording artist who is devoted to both her two girls and children’s and community causes. A National Reading Ambassador for Half Price Books in 2004, Hickman traveled the country performing and reading to children.  She has served on the board of directors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences; was awarded the Humana “Women Helping Women” award for her contributions to such organizations as Safe Place, Habitat for Humanity and Race for the Cure; and was made an honorary member of the National Association of Music Therapy for her inspiring work.  She has toured nationally with such artists as Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg and has released several recordings for adults.

 

Previous CD releases include Newborn, a collection of 15 traditional and original tunes; Toddler,  featuring  31 songs, stories and poems around one minute in length; and Big Kid, 24 tracks featuring a variety of musical styles –hip-hop, country, folk, swing, blue grass and rhythm & blues. All have received numerous awards from organizations that honor the very best in children’s programming, including Parents’ Choice, National Association of Parenting Publications (NAPPA), Dr. Toy, Creative Child Magazine and others.

 

Future releases include DVDs based upon Toddler and Big Kid will be available in 2011. Big Bird, Little Bird is approximately 30 minutes (plus parenting tips) and will be available for a suggested retail price of $14.95 from Hickman’s music label Sleeveless.  To order visit www.sarahickman.com.
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DVD Title:                         Big Bird, Little Bird
Category:                           Children; Ages newborn – five years old
R/T:                                    Approximately 30 minutes (plus parenting tips)
SRP:                                   $14.95 includes non-commercial public performance rights

 

Press Information:             Andrea Blain/Andrea Blain Public Relations
                                           847-933-9884 phone/847-673-5836 fax
andrea@andreablainpr.com