Fall’s iQ Kids Radio Featured Artist: Justin Roberts
Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business. With numerous national awards and recognition, and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.
Roberts began his music career in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band, Pimentos for Gus. By day, he was a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn't long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally.
In 1997, Justin released his first CD, Great Big Sun, and the critics took note. By 2001, Justin had hit the road full time, doing what he loves most: playing music for appreciative crowds. Word spread and shows started selling out. He has played at such renowned venues and festivals as NYC's Symphony Space, DC's National Geographic Live, LA's Getty Museum, Seattle's Moore Theater, Lollapalooza, and Chicago's Ravinia Festival.
Justin has performed in front of millions of people on The Today Show, and his song “Get Me Some Glasses” was featured on a World Series broadcast. He's also garnered kudos and raves from national media including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, People, Entertainment Weekly, and the Chicago Tribune.
Justin's latest CD Recess rocks with gigantic electric guitars, intricate vocal harmonies, and impossibly catchy melodies that will burrow deep into your brain. In his most unrestrained release yet, Justin explores the world from multiple perspectives - kids who love to play, the proud but exhausted parents of twins, and a loyal pet dog, just to name a few. Whether kids are jumping through the chalked boxes of “Hopscotch” or running around the playground to the triumphant electric rock of “Recess,” these 12 original songs will add energy to any day.
Once again, Justin Roberts & the Not Ready for Naptime Players raise the bar for family music with a playground full of bright new songs for parents and kids to enjoy together. Roberts explores the joy and freedom of recess, the marvels of the imagination, and that unique combination of melancholy and wonder as school finally lets out for the summer.justinrobertsmusic.com/bio.php
Lyrics from: “Giant Sized Butterflies” a song about the first day of school
I felt so nervous in the morning light
My mom said that it would be alright
Still I had giant sized butterflies on that first day
So she made me some hot oatmeal
It couldn’t change the way I feel
I was I don’t know how it would go on that first day
We’re in the car and we’re on our way
When we get there, Mom will you stay?
Mom I need that space but just in case on that first day
It’s my first day
It’s my first day