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Annie Lynn: Bio

Annie Lynn, President and Chief Composer at  AnnieBirdd Music, LLC, began writing songs when she was 14 years old, while acting in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” with the Germantown Theater Guild in Philadelphia. Asked to write “a nature song” by the show’s director, Annie wrote “Listen,” and the song and the show were subsequently filmed and shown on CBS. “I remember being this excited 14 year old kid, so psyched that the first song I had ever written was on TV,” Annie reflects now. “If someone had told me that 30 years later, I’d be recording that song with my own child, I would have laughed! Now I have whole communities of school-aged children singing my own choruses back at me, and it really is a great feeling….”

This same great feeling carries over into many of Annie’s songs. Her children’s singles, “That’s All There Is,” "Listen - a nature song" "STOP THAT! - A Bullying Prevention Song" and "New School" have been featured and favorably reviewed on the Peabody Award-winning children’s radio program “Kids Corner with Kathy O’Connell” on Philadelphia’s WXPN, with rebroadcasts on Sirius Radio. The songs remain in rotation.

A Collaboration between Annie and songwriter/engineer/producer Chris Arms, recently produced a multi award winning CD called  "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms and Friends...No Time for Hate and other Songs for Schools."  This CD is ideal for schools, choirs and homeschoolers especially, and contains karaoke versions of the songs for assemblies, and offers youtube video links with practice videos and lyrics.  Topics include:

* bullying prevention

* tolerance and acceptance of others

* identity and self

* determination and motivation

* going to a new school

* nature conservation, including a new music video for Earth Hour!

Annie & Chris hold 14 International Songwriting Awards

 

Annie also volunteers, time permitting, as a music assistant in her school district, and teaches her songs. She even took one elementary school choir to the Harrisburg State Capitol to sing her songs for the Senators and Representatives!

Annie's music can also be heard featured on :

*National radio   *podcasts   *cable/Network TV    *business websites

*Book Trailers   *Rodeo (YUP, you read that one right!)

Her song, “The Key To My Heart,” was licensed as music for an educational video to promote reverse-mainstreaming in Pennsylvania schools. The song instantly became the lynchpin for the entire effort, and generated a surprisingly large number of requests for copies from teary-eyed parents.

Education:

* Classically trained, B.S.ed with concentration in Music Education

* University of Hartford, Hartt College of Music - CT

* West Chester University - PA

* Paralegal Degree: Main Line Paralegal - PA

 

 Before becoming a professional songwriter, Annie taught music in K-5th grade, in Pennsylvania.

As a singer/songwriter, she performed in area clubs throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Annie has also worked previously as a performer/educator for Prescription Music, a music education touring company dedicated to preserving traditional folk music. 

Annie is a proud, card carrying member of the:

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)

* National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

* International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA)

* Children's Music Network (CMN)

Annie is also the mother of now 17 year old Alexander, (an honor roll student....can I brag, please?) a budding singer/songwriter, and frequent co-collaborator and touring partner.

 Cool Stuff and Awards:

We're On Your Radio!

Thanks to Sagan Thacker in North Carolina, at Radio Active Kids at Asheville FM 103.3; Grandfather Paul Stark at Musical Merry Go Round at KDHX 88.1 FM St. Louis; Paul Butler at Kids Crossroads  AND Imagination Parade at WFDU 89.1FM in NYC, Dave Loftin at The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl Podcast, as well as Chloe's Friendship Circle, a  Podcast for Kids and Families, and Totsradio.com and RadioNursery.com for their generous airplay.  Also thanks to Stefan Shepard at Zooglobble.com for the nice review of "I Kept Your Present" Finally, thanks to "That Family Show" for featuring our song "It's Earth Hour" and helping us get those free song downloads out!  For Links to listen to these programs and reviews,  along with other talented Kindie artists...go to my links page.

November & December 2018: 

Late October and all of November have been full of radio play on several different kids radio programs, and three of our songs were featured. I cannot fully describe the joy I get seeing a kid hear themselves on the radio for the first, and every time. It never gets old and is heart swelling.

SONG ALERT!!!

AnnieBirdd Music, LLC has been given the distinct honor of writing the Multicultural Children's Book Day Theme Song for Multicultural Children's Book Day on January 25th, 2019. It will be used in a music video done by Mia Wenjen.We are in the studio with a handful of children every weekend between late November to mid December. Song wraps Dec. 19th. Music Video premiere in January, 2019.   We are looking for people to send us photos of themselves or their class or family, holding up a multicultural book. See Below for Details!

Multicultural Children's Book Day MUSIC VIDEO

October 2018: 

After years of being asked to separate our songs into singles, we decided to make a few into singles. Our latest release into the digital world of singles, is "WHO I AM" an identity song. Cover Art for single is Rob Sayegh Jr., Check out his spellbinding illustrations at www.robsayart.com

Cover Art fly Rob Sayegh Jr. for single WHO I AM

 

 

Release of our new song "Is That You Randy?" written by Walt Wilczewski and Annie Lynn. This is a song that addresses the fears kids have at night about going to bed, and monsters coming out. It's also good for kids with OCD, as it uses some of the same self-soothing techniques, including visualization.  We were fortunate to have this song illustrated to accompany the digital distribution. The Artist we hired for this was the talented & playful illustrator, Traci Van Wagoner. (www.tracivanwagoner.com)

 

 September 2018:  

RELEASE OF NEW VOTING SONG ON NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY!!! We are making our new voting song, GO OUT AND VOTE - YES YOU!!! available for free download (non commercial use ONLY!) along with karaoke version, via Soundcloud. This song is important, please listen.

  cut and paste> https://soundcloud.com/annie-lynn-6

August 2018:

We are in the studio mixing our voting song for Sept. release, and also recording our next song for Halloween, with kids, and we are also working with an artist on this song.

July 2018:

* Recording with kids on new bipartisan VOTING SONG!

* Reviewing portfolios of two dozen artists for my next music video to begin Early August

* Working on newest Kidlit/Kidlit Art Song AND Kindie Radio song

* Going crazy trying to accommodate all the requests for songs on certain subjects. I am grateful to the teachers who sent me their ideas, and also to those who offered to help me tackle some difficult subjects.

June 2018: 

* Interview with Mr. Jedlie on the Reading With Your Kids Podcast. We discussed the symbiosis between Kid Lit, Kid Lit Art and music, bullying prevention efforts in both Jedlie's and my company, and the No Place for Hate program.  I was honored to be asked, and accepted into the Kid Lit community. I also shared the new book trailer from Patrick Adams Books and AnnieBirdd Music, LLC on the show.

May 2018:

* Release of Book Trailer for "Amazing Lisa Rocks", based on the "Lisa Goes to..." book series by Patrick Adams.   Song By Patrick Adams and Annie Lynn.

 

 

* Release of music video for song "The Dog Eat Human Blues featuring Astro the Wonder Dog"    Artist is Kent Whittington.

 

 

February, 2018:

* Newest Video for "It's Earth Hour" released, and had over 400 views the first day from 72 countries. 

* Song, "It's Earth Hour" was made available for FREE DOWNLOAD (with karaoke!)  to celebrate and acknowledge the observation of Earth Hour around the world, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m., this year, on Saturday, March 24th, 2018. Non commercial use only.

January,  2018:

* Featured review of NO TIME FOR HATE AND OTHER SONGS FOR SCHOOLS in online parents/teacher website "What To Do With The Kids" (See Press/Reviews)

* Finishing recording/mixing commissioned song for Children's Lit author, for book trailer.

* TEACHERS/HOMESCHOOLERS  * FREE SONG DOWNLOAD (for NON commercial use) - "Listen - A Nature Song" - Earth Day will soon be upon us, before you know it. I wanted you to have a song to work on the next couple of months, so you can proudly perform this at YOUR Earth Day celebration/observance.  Thanks to songsforteaching.com for helping get these free song downloads, complete with karaoke version and lyrics, out to those who can bring its message of Nature Conservation to others.

HERE IS THE FREE SONG LINK: (You may have to paste into your browser...sorry)   http://songsforteaching.com/freedownloads/18/0118abirddlisten.htm

December 2017:

* Re-release of the Holiday Hit, "I Kept Your Present." by Annie, Chris Arms and Alex W.  Featured on RADIO AGAIN!

* Working on completion of a music video, supporting "The Dog Eat Human Blues"

* Annie has accepted a commission for a song for an author and illustrator, to be used in a book trailer and also for radio play.

November 2017:

* Attendance at the Pennsylvania Arts in Education Network (PAEN) Symposium in Harrisburg, PA including breakaway sessions concerning ESSA and Title Funding.

* FABRIC OF PEACE CEREMONY - HARRISBURG, PA STATE CAPITOL

Annie and her husband Walt, performed at the Harrisburg, PA State Capitol for Senators and Representatives.

Annie performed her song "No Time for Hate" seven years after debuting that song at the Capitol with the Glenside Elementary choir. She and Walt also lead the Regional Center for Women in the Arts in singing Bob Dylan's "Blowin' In the Wind". 

The occasion was a celebration of the "Fabric Of Peace" which is an ongoing project begun by women, in 2008.

The mission of the Fabric of Peace is to make a positive statement by women connecting our shared interest in keeping peace in the world.

 The quilt got so big, it was separated into five sections.

Below are two links, one to the performance, the other to the Quilt Display.....

 

 

EXTRA EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT!!!

SEPTEMBER 2017:  Annie Lynn has been awarded GRAND PRIZE for Best Children's Song, in Session I of the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her song "That's What I Wonder About Life" featuring Annie, and her son Alex W., and cousins Hannah S. and Andrew S.

ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR THE WINNING SONG!

Joshua M. Allen was the artist  I hired to bring my vision to life. Thanks Josh. Find Josh at http://www.starsprinklesupercollider.com

Please listen and just TRY not to let your heart swell...

 

FALL 2017: BACK TO SCHOOL!

* The music video of our multi award winning Back to School song, "NEW SCHOOL," has been receiving radio play and has officially been viewed over FOUR THOUSAND times, in 108 countries, so far!

The top 26 viewing countries in order of highest views are: USA,  UK, CANADA, Italy, Spain, Greece,  India, Vietnam,  France, Australia, United Arab Emirates,  Russia, Germany, Egypt, Ireland,    Romania, Mexico, Pakistan, Israel, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, Lebanon, Brazil, Turkey South Africa.   MONGOLIA had the lowest number of views. Maybe internet isn't as strong?!

* Music video for "That's What I Wonder About Life" has just been illustrated by the fabulous artist Joshua M. Allen, and will be premiering the end of September.

* Recorded exciting, funny new song, based on a children's book. Can't wait to share it soon! #kidlit #kidlitart

Summer 2017:

 Writing New Songs!!! Recording New Songs!!! Music Videos being made!

April 2017: 

Our song, "It's Earth Hour" was just licensed by and used in a video for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)/Earth Hour Taiwan in a recap of the observation of Earth Hour in Taiwan. I will put a link to the video in "News"

March, 2017:

OUR music video (different from WWF's Version) for the song "IT'S EARTH HOUR" ended up being seen, as of 6/18/17, by:

* 150 COUNTRIES!

* 12 THOUSAND VIEWS! (we still continue to get international viewers DAILY! HEY WORLD! Thanks for stopping by!)

* SONGS DOWNLOADED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL USE

* Reposted on FB and Retweeted on Twitter by environmental groups including WWF branches around the world

It was thrilling to hear from people around the world, and also join together in the mission to #ChangeClimateChange  

*Annie Lynn nominated in the Finals of the International Songwriting Contest (ISC)  for her song, "New School", featuring cousins Alex W., and Hannah S. on vocals, and the amazing Wanamaker Lewis on Banjo.

This song is in the Best Children's Song category.   It is also up for Best Children's Song in the Just Plain Folk Songwriting Contest.

Here is the hit video of New School, burping included....sorry Mom.

 This song continues to be our biggest hit overseas, and is currently enjoying generous airplay. Thank You. WE LOVE IT!

 

*  The song "It's Earth Hour!" by Annie Lynn, was featured on The Children's Music Network's "Tuneful Tuesday" blog, as well as a story by Annie about Earth Hour and some vital info you need to participate!   See my "Links" section for info on this.

*  The song "It's Earth Hour!" by Annie Lynn, was featured on the podcast and youtube channel of "That Family Show"  See my "Links" section for info on this show.

February, 2017:

* Annie Lynn and Chris Arms are nominated for Best Educational Children's CD in the Just Plain Folks Songwriting Contest  for their ENTIRE CD  "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms and Friends: No Time for Hate and Other Songs For Schools"   Final Results still pending as of March, 2018.

*Annie Lynn nominated for Best Children's Song in the Just Plain Folks Songwriting Contest for her song, "New School", featuring cousins Alex W., and Hannah S. on vocals, and the amazing Wanamaker Lewis on Banjo. This song is in the   Final Results pending,  due in October, 2017......

(Note: 2nd time I ever competed against myself, lol!)

January, 2017:

* Annie Lynn and Chris Arms awarded Honorable Mention in the Children's Genre of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, for their song "No Time for Hate"

Annie Lynn awarded Honorable Mention in the Children's Genre of the Mid-     Atlantic Song Competition, for her song, "That's All There Is - Feat. Alex W."

(Note: First time I ever competed against myself, lol!)

November, 2016:

*   Interview with Chloe's Friendship Circle Podcast... See my "LINKS" section for info on this show!

November 23 at 8:07pm · Post by Chloe's Friendship Circle...

"Thank you to Little Ditties and SCHOOL SONGS FROM ANNIEBIRDD MUSIC, LLC for two AMAZING interviews today! Happy Thanksgiving! " CLINK LINK >
https://www.podomatic.com/…/episo…/2016-11-23T17_03_04-08_00

*   The song "STOP THAT! - A Bullying Prevention Song," and our story, were featured on the website of The Pacer Center for Disabilities, as well as Pacer's other website Kids Against Bullying.  
Pacer Center will continue to host the video, and we are allowing this video to be downloaded for those who can use it. The mp3 of the song, as well as its karaoke version, lyrics and practice videos remain available for purchase at several excellent outlets.....(see BUY/LICENSING)  Story under "Press"

*   Our first radio hit from years ago, "That's All There Is" is one of  29 OTHER TRACKS only on Sing Through the Storm, which is a CD to help HAITIAN PEOPLE'S SUPPORT PROJECT continue to do their good work.  30 Kindie artists donated songs. Check out the music! 

https://singthroughthestorm.bandcamp.com/releases

October 2016:

Attendance and participation at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's:

PMEA District 11 – 12th Annual Professional Staff Development Conference – November 8, 2016

Breakout Sessions Attended Included:

* Early Childhood Music 101 (General Music)

* Can You Pat Your Head and Rub Your Belly? An Approach to Part Work to Stimulate the Brains of Young Singers (General Music/Choral)

* Don’t Just Survive...Thrive in Middle School General Music (General Music)

Attendance and participation at Sixth Annual Arts and Education Symposium, held in Harrisburg, PA Breakout Sessions Attended Included: 

* ESSA & Opportunities for Arts Education - Presented by Lynn Tuttle, Director of Content and Policy, National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

* Overview of the PA Council on the Arts'  Education Division 

* Pennsylvania PTA -  Reflections Arts Program

Summer 2016:

THE AWARD WINNING SONG, "NO TIME FOR HATE" IS FINALLY SCORED AND AVAILABLE ON SHEET MUSIC.  CURRENTLY LICENSING TO CHOIRS AS WELL AS SCHOOLS. THANK YOU TO DAVID HEITLER-KLEVANS!

AnnieBirdd Music, LLC, together with Astro-nomical Productions has just finished two music videos, for Kindie Artists Vivi Melody and Uncle Dox.  Views currently over 2.5K....and this is just the first week!

Spring 2016:

We are in production of a music video, featuring puppets, for Annie's songs "That's What I Wonder About Life" and "The Key To My Heart".

Also working on new music video for "The Dog Eat Human Blues"  (Illustrators and puppeteers feel free to contact me for future projects!) 

Winter 2016:

 FEBRUARY 11, 2016: Annie Lynn,Chris Arms, and Alexander Wilczewski were selected as Semi-Finalists in THE SONG OF THE YEAR SONGWRITING CONTEST, for their Ramones-like holiday hit song, "I KEPT YOUR PRESENT."

DECEMBER 2015:  International release of the holiday hit song on Amazon.com and music video " I KEPT YOUR PRESENT"  Go to youtube channel to view...  www.youtube.com/anniebirdd

OCTOBER 2015:  Arch Street United Methodist Church Choir in Philadelphia performs "NO TIME FOR HATE"  at a special service on October 18, 2015.  They will continue to use this song, as well as "WHO I AM" for their services, and social justice outreach.

SEPTEMBER 2015: Release of new video featuring puppets, of "NEW SCHOOL"  This song won honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.   

AUGUST 2015: "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms & Friends: No Time for Hate and Other Songs for Schools" awarded "BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM" (August) by The Akademia Music Awards

JANUARY 2015:  Recording and release of new music video for  "It's Earth Hour" 

DECEMBER 2014:

RELEASE OF CD "NO TIME FOR HATE AND OTHER SONGS FOR SCHOOLS" BY ANNIE LYNN AND CHRIS ARMS.

DECEMBER 2013:

THE SONG "STOP THAT! - AN ANTI-BULLYING ANTHEM" USED IN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE COUNTRY OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IN THEIR CRUSADE TO END BULLYING. (SEE LINK TO VIDEO UNDER "NEWS" SECTION.)

OCTOBER, 2010:   ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS SELECTED AS FINALISTS IN THE SONG OF THE YEAR COMPETITION FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE."

MAY 2009:   ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS SELECTED AS FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE CHILDREN'S GENRE OF THE 12TH ANNUAL UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST.

AUGUST, 2008: ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS ALSO SELECTED AS SEMI-FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE U.K. SONGWRITING COMPETITION

MARCH 2008: SONG "NEW SCHOOL" IS FEATURED WITH SEVERAL OTHER NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ARTISTS ON A CD COMPILATION PUT OUT BY INDIE MUSIC FOR LIFE (see link page)  THE CD WILL RAISE MONEY FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH AND WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PEDIATRIC PATIENTS.

FEBRUARY, 2008: ANNIE & JIM BURNS SELECTED AS TOP TEN FINALISTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS FOR BEST COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS SONG, "MY BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SKIES."

SEPTEMBER, 2007: THE SONG "NEW SCHOOL" (FEATURING SON ALEX AND COUSINS HANNAH S. ON VOCALS AND WANAMAKER LEWIS ON BANJO)  AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION IN THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING COMPETITION.

FEBRUARY, 2007:  

Annie and her young son, Alexander, have just been selected as finalists in the BEST GROUP/DUO Category of the INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS, for their hit single "THAT'S ALL THERE IS." He is now asking for more TV time and less homework (Negotiations are at a stalemate).