Music with BRIAN News!
March 21, 2013
A big "Thank you" to the School & Library Journal in the US for a great review of our CD, "Everyone"!
PreS-Gr 3–Canadian children’s music artist Brian Morcombe scores another hit with his latest album. Featuring 16 original songs, this collection is packed with tunes that will get children up and moving. Whether they are acting like silly Billy goats, sleepy koalas, race car dudes, or astronauts, listeners will enjoy jumping, dancing, and clapping along. Also included are a variety of songs with topics that young children can easily relate to, including “Who Should You Call,” “Grandpa’s Cars…Grandpa’s Rules” and “6 in 2 Days.” Catchy lyrics backed by fun, energetic melodies make all of these tunes always entertaining, and never didactic. A must-have for story times, classrooms, and living rooms where dancing is encouraged.–Veronica De Fazio, Plainfield Public Library District, IL
March 15, 2012
Woot woot! Our latest CD, Everyone has won a Parents' Choice Award in the USA! Thank you to all of our family, friends and fans for supporting us in getting this very prestegious award.
Feb 7, 2012
Music with BRIAN has been nominated for the Junos! Other nominees for Children's Album of the Year include Vancouver's Bobs & Lolo, Guelph's Eddie Douglas, Toronto's Charlie Hope and Vocal Paint. All are exceptionally talented and we are thrilled to be on the ticket along side of them. Can't wait to celebrate with all of the nominees in Ottawa!
Feb 4, 2012
Music with BRIAN will be appearing at Great Wolf Lodge as part GWL's March Break celebrations. This performance is for registered in-house guests, so checkout Great Wolf Lodge's website for room availability! It's going to be a howling good time, hope to see you there!
Music with BRIAN is excited to annouce that we have been invited to perform at Canmore's Children's Festival in Canmore, Alberta on May 19, 2012! To all of our friends in Alberta, we hope you can come out and join in the fun! More details will be available on our Events page soon.
Oct 18, 2011
Thank you to the Orangeville Banner for their wonderful article and photo from our donated show at the Headwaters Montessori School in Orangeville! We had loads of fun singing, dancing and learning all about music and musical instruments. Orangeville Banner and Headwaters Montessori ROCK!
Sept 26, 2011
What a party! Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Guelph Youth Music Centre for our release concert. We are excited to announce that we were at capacity! If you have pictures, send them our way so we can post them on our Facebook Fan Page! We hope all of the parents and children that were able to make the show had as much fun as we did. We also hope you enjoy the new CD, Everyone. It's available on-line or at Simply Wonderful Toys in Guelph among other retailers.
Sept 25, 2011
It's here! Music with BRIAN's latest CD Everyone! Produced by Stuart Brawley who has worked with music giants Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Cher, Don Henley, Seal, Katy Perry and many more, this CD has an energy that must be heard. 17 original songs cross many musical genres including rock, pop, hip hop, dance, country, folk, grunge, 60's surf, big band and more. It is music parents keep playing in the car long after they've dropped off the children and it's available for purchase at our web store, CD Baby and very soon on iTunes.
Music with BRIAN Facebook Fan Contest - Drum Roll Please!!!
Congratulations to Kristina Balmer, winner of our Grand Prize... an 8gb iPod Touch!
Congratulations to the winners of a Music with BRIAN CD, DVD or Children's T!
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Draw winners will be contacted via Facebook to make arrangements for the delivery of their prizes!
A Huge Thank You to all of our fans - stay tuned... our next contest will be announced in January 2011!!!
(posted Dec 31, 2010)
Music with BRIAN iPod Touch Facebook Fan Contest!
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CD #3 In The Works!
Have you heard the news?!?! We're working on our third CD and we think its going to be the best Music with BRIAN CD yet. CD #3 will have lots of new exciting and interactive songs that you've come to know us for and will be 10 times sillier. We're working with Juno nominated Canadian song writer and producer Stuart Brawley at his studio in California to create something completely different! Recent artists that Brawley has worked with include Celine Dion and Don Henley of the Eagles. Stay tuned for more info and release dates!
Resource Links awards Sing Sing Sing “E” for Excellent, Enduring, Everyone Must See It!
Sing Sing Sing is the first CD produced by Guelph-based Brian Morcombe. Morcombe’s voice is rich with enthusiasm without becoming sticky sweet and is backed chiefly by acoustic guitar and a broad range of instruments including horns, Irish whistle, bongos, electric bass and steel drums. The bulk of the 18 tracks on the album were written by Morcombe himself and demonstrate a natural song-writing ability that hasn’t really been seen on the children’s music scene since Laurie Berkner. Of the self-penned titles, Zoo Time Boogie, Funny Monkeys, Like a Bird and the title track Sing Sing Sing are amongst the strongest tracks and are all an absolute joy to listen to. Jamaica Farewell, Five Little Monkeys, Oh Susanna and Hokey Pokey are amongst the re-arranged traditional tunes that round out the collection.
The debut CD will be enjoyed by children and adults alike and comes highly recommended for both home and school use. It can be purchased from Morcombe’s website at: www.musicwithBRIAN.com.
CM Magazine Gives Sing Sing Sing 4 Stars Out Of 4!
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Brian's 30 years of music experience shines through in his debut CD. Some are traditional tunes that kids would readily recognize like "Do Your Ears Hang Low?" and "Five Little Ducks" and others are original ones like "Taking a Trip" and "Like a Bird."
His animated voice is warm and soothing. His original songs are fun and witty and cross many genres. For example, "Jump Up" is pop, "Zoo Time Boogie" is funk, and "Hey Diddle Diddle" is Celtic music. So there is something for everyone… Within each song, there tends to be numerous repetition of verses, sometimes with an alteration of a word or two, and so it is not too difficult to learn them after at least a couple of listens. Furthermore, I must warn you that regardless of whether you are a kid or an adult, his songs make it so easy for you to start bobbing your head up and down and get dancing. Another thing I like about [Brian]’s CD is his interpretations of old and familiar songs. They are quite catchy. My personal favourite is "The Hokey Pokey." The lyrics and underlying tune are recognizable, but how the vocals and instruments are arranged and performed give it a fresh and even brighter feel to it. I could not stop myself from getting up and actually doing the hokey pokey!
Simply listening to the songs is not an option! I highly recommend this CD to kids and their parents. Be prepared to boogie on down and smile a big smile!
CMA Management Magazine; February 2009 – Cover Story
From The Office to The Stage
It’s 5:01 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. Upon leaving his office, Morcombe removes his tie and unbuttons his shirt to reveal a radiant lime green t-shirt. His black dress shoes are traded in for an 80s-style pair of Converse kicks. His accounting books and ballpoint pen are swapped for an acoustic guitar. His visions of tax statutes are replaced with images of funny monkeys and trains. The transformation from Brian Morcombe: Tax Specialist to Music with Brian: Canada’s up and coming children’s singer, is complete.
The early stages
“When I was five years old, we had an organ in our house,” Morcombe explains of his early attachment to music. “It’s not the easiest instrument to learn and I probably drove my parents crazy!” As a child, Morcombe and his brother Stuart would spend hours learning and playing music. “He was very inspirational, and taught me how to improvise and experiment creatively,” he says. Morcombe attended Mayfield Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, a high school that attracts artistically talented students interested in dance, drama, music or visual arts. In his final year of high school alone, Morcombe appeared in 126 on-stage performances. “After high school, most of my friends were accepted into music schools in Canada and the USA. I was accepted into York University’s music program as well as McMaster and Guelph’s business programs.”
It was at this point that Morcombe was faced with a big decision — choose the life of a musician, which could prove to be a long, hard and difficult road to follow, or pursue the career that is deeply rooted in his family — business and accounting. He made the decision to attend the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University for business studies.
“I always received immense support from my family,” he says. “My parents were successful business people and they wanted me to pursue business studies. They regularly reminded me that, ‘the music will be there, you can always go back to it, but get a solid foundation first.’ ” After his post-secondary education, Morcombe obtained his CMA designation. He credits the designation’s multifaceted curriculum as a key reason for his decision. “Being a CMA is more than just accounting and tax,” he says. “It’s knowing how to handle issues involving HR, marketing, IT, and operations management. The CMA program really prepared me for everything in my career.” Morcombe couldn’t have imagined how true those words would “play” later on in his life. After spending nine years in the corporate world and working as a senior tax manager with a big 4 accounting firm, an afternoon with his children proved to be an eye-opening experience. “My son Timothy always wanted to share ‘music time’ with the family,” Morcombe explains of a ritual the family shares in which they play instruments and sing together. “On this particular day, we decided to have music time in the park. As we were singing ‘Wheels on the Bus,’ we noticed a group of kids had started to gather around us and were singing along.”
A star is born
Soon after, Morcombe was asked to play a series of children’s concerts at his local library. Crowds of 15 turned to 50, then 200. “I was astounded ... family and friends suggested that I should release a children’s CD,” he says. Morcombe rekindled his love affair with music that started at an early age. He produced a children’s CD entitled, “Music with Brian: Sing Sing Sing;” an eclectic mix of feel good songs that kids can sing along to and parents can enjoy, combined with topics that stimulate and encourage kids’ learning. The response to the CD was overwhelming. “The experience has been very rewarding so far,” he says. “My team (his “roadies” and a sound team) and I have delivered over 100 performances across Canada and we are planning performances in the U.S. and United Kingdom. We’ve come a long way since my first gig, where it was only me and my guitar.”
In [MAY] 2009, Morcombe release[s] his second CD “Can You Dance?” “Having the CMA designation has a positive influence on the business side of being a children’s performer,” he explains. “Through the CMA Professional Development Program, I’ve learned how to embrace change, and feel that I’m equipped with the business knowledge to establish and market my own business. My knowledge and skills as a CMA are just as relevant in the office as they are when talking about ‘Music with Brian.’ ” Morcombe notes that his circle of CMA colleagues have been particularly helpful with advice and tips on how he can further develop his business. Also, his closest “circle” — his wife and children, have been very supportive. He says his family is a key factor in reducing the stress and rigours of pursuing his passion. He notes that his family is deeply involved with the show (his wife and kids often pass out name tags to the audience) as well as the planning. “A lot of it is vacation time — I haven’t been on a real vacation in quite some time. Fortunately for my family (who often travels with Morcombe), it feels like a vacation.”
On weekends, Morcombe works closely with his wife Susan, a psychological associate with a master’s degree in developmental psychology, to craft songs for young children that emphasize core developmental skills such as cognitive, motor, language, social, memory and attention skills.
Though his career might seem like a grand juggling act between balancing work, music and family, Morcombe sees no signs of slowing down and is quite happy. “There are athletes who are in the corporate world and
other talented and passionate individuals who are accountants, similar to myself,” he says. “We work diligently to make sure we are not ignoring our commitments, but also our dream. If you give up your dream, you’ll never get to truly enjoy the benefits of it. It is an incredible thing.”
Arda Ocal is a Mississauga, Ont.-based writer and on-air personality with Rogers
Do Re Mi Quite A Blast - Guelph Tribune Volume 23, No. 8 January 27 2009
A group of junior and senior kindergarten student at St. Michael School reacted with great enthusiasm to an hour-long music workshop delivered Friday by Brian Morcombe, a tax accountant with a Guelph accounting firm who is also now a professional musician. The workshop was one of 16 that Morcombe is doing this winter and spring for kindergarten students in local public and catholic schools under an offering of the Edward Jhnson Music Foundation called Do Re Mi - An interactive Music Education Program. Morcombe discovered his love of performing children's music during a park visit in the summer of 2006 where he played guitar for his two sons, only to find he'd attracted a big crowd of dancing, singing and laughing children, a news release said.
MUSIC WITH BRIAN AT GPL - SNAP Guelph Vol. 4 No. 3 - February 2009
This past January, tax accountant turned Pied Piper, Brian Morcombe, performed his hilarious and entertaining brand of music for children at the Guelph Public Library's Main Branch. It did not take long for Brian to have the kids hopping, jumping, skipping and giggling their way through this audience-participation show. "Music with BRIAN" will make its first across Canada tour later this year playing fundraisers for libraries, schools and hospitals. For more info at about Guelph Public Library programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Photography by Lynn Varil.
PEEL POLICE OPEN HOUSE
BRIAN and the Music with BRIAN team had a great day performing as part of the The Peel Police 11th Division Open House in Mississauga! Thank you to all of those that came out to support this incredibly important fundraiser. Music with BRIAN donated this show and 50% of all CD, Maraca and T-Shirt sales were donated directly to the Peel Police community charities.
HOW MUCH IS THAT DONKEY IN THE WINDOW?
The children were dancing up a storm at DONKEY DAY! The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada rescues donkeys from across Canada and cares for them at this great sanctuary. Have you visited the Donkey Sanctuary?
HMN FUN WALK
BRIAN along with the Running Room, firefighters, the Kitchener Warrior Mascot, and all the great volunteers and families of Hildegard Childcare Centre raise $3,000 as part of the HMN Fun Walk!
BRIAN VOLUNTEERS AT RAINBOW DAY CAMP
BRIAN donates two shows to Rainbow Day Camp! Rainbow Day Camp located at the University of Guelph offers great summer day camp experiences to many children including children with special needs. The kids had a great time dancing and singing to BRIAN’s music. BRIAN wants to thank the staff of Rainbow Day Camp for the incredible work they do with children every weekday at this fantastic camp!