Press Release Oct. 19, 2009
(For Immediate Release)
Challenge & Fun: “The ‘I’m Me!’ Children’s CD is a Breath of Fresh Air.”
Hope’s “lyrics are easy to understand and fun to repeat,” stated her Parents’ Choice Awards (PCA) evaluation summary. “The a cappella songs are as singable as those with instrumental backup. Each song – original or traditional – is buoyed by her impressive use of voice and vocal sound effects.”
The Silver Honor awarded for Hope’s children’s CD is one of only three silvers given this fall in the PCA music audio category. Four music projects were given gold-level kudos, and more than two dozen other musicians were commended for their work. The Parents’ Choice Awards committees recognize only about 20 percent of all items submitted for stringent judging. Categories include books, toys, DVDs, software, TV, video games, magazines, websites and audio.
Hope heard about her award via email and responded with the same sunny disposition evident in her songs. “I was excited and called my mom right away,” the artist explained. “Then once it was up on the Parents’ Choice website, I sent an email to all of my close friends to let them know – as this is quite an honor,” she said. “I remember just over a year ago – while writing and recording ‘I’m Me!’ – I had looked up the Parents' Choice Awards. Now…to be included with a silver award is just great.”
“I’m Me!” is geared for children 1 to 7 years of age. Hope also recently released her second CD on the Little Maple Leaf Productions label, a collection of soothing songs and lullabies titled “World of Dreams”.
“Charlie Hope’s music is one of our sweeter products,” said Rob Wilson, the director of marketing for Challenge & Fun, a wholesaler of children’s natural and wholesome products. “The ‘I’m Me!’ children’s CD is a breath of fresh air.”
To hear a song written and performed by Hope, check out the online music video clip featuring her winsome train tune on www.charliehopemusic.com. The website also lists her concert and event schedule.
The Parents’ Choice Foundation was established more than 30 years ago by author and educator Diana Huss Green, who envisioned a non-commercial clearinghouse to help parents find the very best quality toys and learning products. Today, the foundation’s award panel includes educators, performing artists, librarians, parents, scientists and children who endeavor to evaluate products objectively.
“The Parents’ Choice Awards committees look for products that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate imagination and inspire creativity,” states the organization’s website. “Judges are interested in how a product helps a child grow: socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically and physically. Among the considerations of the jurors and judges: the learning value, the play value, the appeal and the cost. A product’s originality weighs heavily in the judges’ decisions.”
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Do you have questions about the “I’m Me!” music CD or Challenge & Fun, Inc.? Would you like to set up an interview with singer-songwriter Charlie Hope? Call Rob Wilson at the Challenge & Fun Inc. office at 1-888-384-6200 or 1-508-881-7500.
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