Lois Young has been featured on E! TV as one of the nation’s top singer-songwriters for children and was one of the first artists signed to the Sony children’s music label. Her CDs have won Parents’ Choice Awards and are favorites on radio shows across the country. Whether singing about birds on Sesame Street or trees in Washington D.C., for a ceremony at the Capitol Building, Lois delighted thousands of families for decades. Lois’s shows in Los Angeles were voted “Best in Children’s Theater” by the Los Angeles Times and her large and enthusiastic following prompted the mayor to invite her to perform for over 3,000 children as part of the concert series L.A.’s BEST.
After returning to her home state of Delaware, Lois performed at hundreds of venues such as the Grand Opera House in Wilmington for all the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) graduates in the Christina School District and was featured in Reading Today, for her excellence in children’s educational programs. She has also been featured on the cover of Crossroads in The Wilmington News Journal for her popular family concerts. She was chosen by the Delaware Division of Libraries to perform for every library in the state, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Her long-running series of monthly themed shows at the Newark New Century Club Theater received rave reviews and attracted families from as far as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Lois Young’s career as a children’s composer, recording artist, and puppeteer was launched over a decade ago when she first began writing and performing songs for her young daughter Amy. From that inauspicious beginning, a career was born that now includes award-winning albums, concert performances, and theater productions complete with life-size puppets.
Lois is a classically trained singer and actress who was an opera major at Manhattan School of Music and studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the famed New York Neighborhood Playhouse. She performed extensively in New York theater, TV shows in Los Angeles, and in over 50 national commercials before becoming a parent and discovering her talent for relating to children.
I had finally found my audience, explains Lois.
It began with Amy, my deep love for children, and my ability to see the world through their eyes. I also began to take my experiences as a parent and make them creative.
Lois continued to work as an actress so that she could finance her first album of original songs. With its success, she was soon able to devote herself full time to what had, by then, become her dream.
I knew I had found my calling, and I was doing something meaningful in life, adds Lois.
I knew it was up to me to make it happen.
Drawing on her theatrical experience, Lois decided to transform some of her most popular tunes into a musical review. She wove a storyline around her most theatrical songs, created lots of audience participation and added a supporting cast of large animated puppets who help her sing some of the songs (thanks to Lois’s mastery as a puppeteer and ventriloquist). The result was a humorous and captivating hour of delightful music and non-stop fun. Lois produced two critically acclaimed children’s theater productions, including
The Lois Young Show, which was voted the
Best in Children’s Theater by the Los Angeles Times in their annual Retrospective of the Arts. Her following was so large and enthusiastic, it prompted the Mayor to invite her to perform for three thousand school children as part of L.A.’s BEST. Many children and parents also know her from the popular Good Housekeeping Christmas Video,
Rockin’ Reindeer, and with 3 albums of original songs to her credit, she was one of six well-known artists chosen to launch the original Sony Kids Music label.
Lois and her husband, keyboardist, composer and arranger, John Southard, launched their own company, Lois Young Childrens Productions, and subsequently produced three CDs: Dinosaur Diner, Pancake Party, and Jellybean Soup.
When I write, I try to get into children’s hearts and heads and experience the world the way they do, explains Lois. Many of her topics reveal just that. The sixteen songs on Pancake Party depict a child’s world from a child’s perspective, including runny noses and where to wipe them, not being able to fall asleep at night, and temper tantrums. The fourteen new songs on Dinosaur Diner also express the joys and dilemmas of childhood from getting new shoes to handling a melting ice cream cone. The seventeen songs on Jelly Bean Soup speak to many topics from diversity, friendship and courage and bullying to the rainforest, our oceans, planting gardens, the constellations and learning the twelve months of the year. All three albums feature an exciting variety of musical styles from pop, rock, jazz and Broadway to tender, heartwarming ballads.
Lois brings a unique theatricality to her high energy, interactive live concerts. Over the years she has performed for thousands of children, and her commitment to educating, inspiring, and entertaining young audiences has never wavered. Her whimsical imagination, ability to sing in different styles and character voices, infectious laugh and unguarded honesty break down the barriers between child and adult. Parents and grandparents delight in her lovely singing voice and the true to life experiences her lyrics detail. Lessons about intangibles, such as sharing, cooperation, appreciation, and consideration are subtly and creatively conveyed through her encounters with each puppet and within her songs.
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