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.
* 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.
* 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)
* Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
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. Alex is also the video producer and editor for all AnnieBirdd Music, LLC videos.
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.
Just finished making the advertisement for MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY 2020, featuring the Theme Song we wrote. This year's theme is "Physical and Developmental Challenges:Understand and Celebrate Our Differences."
If you'd like to be part of this music video, and share your book recommendation, please watch this..... (Watch it anyway, lol)
What a great way to start out November. I attended SCBWI-Eastern PA's Fall Philly Conference. Standouts for me were presentations on Writing for the Educational Market as well as an outstanding presentation on Marketing Your Book.
Attended the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival in New York. Got to meet some previous clients that are now friends, and also to meet some of the authors and illustrators that have given new life to Children's Literature, a new DIVERSE life... This was one of the best run book festivals I have ever attended and the speakers were interesting and knowledgeable.
* Our book trailer with song, with Author Dawn Prochovnic, Jacob Souva & West Margin Press is now featured and then on permanent display in Kidlit TV's Book Trailer Section. Here's the link...
ATTENDED THE SCBWI HOUSTON CONFERENCE - I came to meet up with friends and also some future clients. I learned how to become a better songwriter just by listening to the advice given by the panelists. I learned a great deal about the kidlit publishing business, and had a wonderful time learning and socializing. This was a very well put together conference.
* PODCAST APPEARANCE: My son Alex W., (Star of Where Does A Pirate Go Potty song) and I enjoyed a playful chat with Author Michele McAvoy, on her podcast MY MESSY MUSE. Here's a link to that interview where Michele points out to listeners all the ways that music can be used to personalize Kidlit and make it more compelling to the reader...
IT'S OUT!!! WHERE DOES A PIRATE GO POTTY? Here is the book trailer with the song we wrote with Author Dawn Prochovnic, and the animation for the book trailer done by Illustrator Jacob Souva, published by West Margin Press. It turned out beautifully. If you want to see this funny book trailer, as well as be entered to win a free book or manuscript critique by Dawn AND a free copy of our CD "No Time for Hate and Other Songs for Schools" head over to the blog of Author Tara Lazar, where she was kind enough to premiere the book trailer and interview Dawn and me.
HERE IS THE LINK TO TARA LAZAR'S BLOG:
AnnieBirdd Music, LLC has been on a recording binge all of August. We are back to finishing our Climate Crisis Anthem, to be given to schools and Climate Strikers to sing at protests. The song is based on the words of Climate Warrior Greta Thunberg, as well as students from all over the world, who carried signs of warning and hope. Kid singers come in this weekend!
COMMISSION ALERT: We are writing a book trailer and school visit song for an established Kidlit Author for her upcoming book. This one covers Girl Power, Friendship and STEM. We love the story AND the Author. More to come on this...
We FINISHED our Kidlit Commission for a book trailer song.
The Author, Illustrator and Publisher loved it and approved it as ready to go. The trailer will be out late August, I think, at which point I will share the secret identity of this multifaceted, talented, funny, kind Author. I could get used to co-writing with Authors.
Our first singer on our STEM song (Environmental, what else....)put down the lead vocal. She delivered the exact vocal sentiment needed to make this song's purpose clear. We now send it to the other kids to learn, and in 2 weeks they come to record. I am excited to share it. Looks like some time in August.
This is from our session.
* This is shaping up to be an exciting month already! We began recording our STEM song and now the kids come in to do their parts.
* We have accepted our next cherished commission from a talented, funny Author, for their book trailer.