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Jonathan Sprout's Biography

 GRAMMY® Nominated Recording Artist Finds His Unique Calling

Career Highlights

Dominates the Field of Original Hero Music for Children

Lessons to Kids: Differences between Celebrities & Heroes 

 

6,514 lifetime performances * 5,486 children’s concerts * 814 Songwriting Workshops * 10 albums of original music * 2010 GRAMMY nomination "Best Children's Recording" * iParenting "Best Product of 2009" Winner * 3 Parents’ Choice Awards *  3 NAPPA Gold Awards * 2 Film Advisory Board Awards of Excellence * Family Choice 2009 Award * 2010 & 2014 Dove Foundation "Family-Approved" Seal * Dr. Toy 10 Best Audio/Video Products for 2009 & 2014 * 2010 & 2014 Mom's Choice Gold Award * 2010 Gifty's Awards Finalist * Featured artist on Grammy nominated Healthy Foods CD 2011 * Featured artist on Grammy winning All About Bullies Big & Small CD 2012 * 2014 KIDS FIRST All Star Recognition Award * 2014 KIDS FIRST! All-Star Award * 2014 Tillywig Brainchild Award * 2014 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award * 2014 The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval * 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award * 2014 Global Music Award Bronze Medal * 2015 Family Choice Award * 2015 Santa's Choice Award

Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jonathan Sprout has dedicated the past 22 years to creating meaningful and captivating "hero music" for children. Sprout began this journey in 1994 after reading the results of a nationwide poll detailing children's top 10 heroes, which included cartoon characters and several professional athletes whose off-field antics were anything but heroic. This made Sprout question, "who are our real heroes and why are we not teaching our children about their importance?" Sprout's idea to write and record songs for children about real heroes was born.

Since then, Jonathan Sprout has written over forty songs and has released four American Heroes albums about some of the most remarkable men and women in American history. His albums detail the amazing stories of legends ranging from Pocahontas to Neil Armstrong. With the help of author-lecturer Dr. Dennis Denenberg, a noted heroes specialist, Sprout "chose people who lived and breathed elements of good character and are good examples that children can understand and emulate." His list of heroes includes politicians, athletes, scientists, feminists, civil rights leaders, and many other admirable individuals.

Jonathan has performed more than 5,000 concerts and lead more than 800 songwriting workshops for children. His recordings and concerts have earned critical acclaim as groundbreaking entries in the field of educational children's music. His American Heroes #3 album was nominated for a Grammy® in 2010. Jonathan is passionate about his work and believes his "particular combination of entertainment and education that comes from singing about heroes gives [him] a sense of fulfillment and joy [he had] only dreamed of in [his] early days when [he] was performing in nightclubs and coffeehouses."

American Heroes #4 is a stunning collection of highly produced pop rock tunes. His sophisticated sound is rich with intricate, interweaving countermelodies and a full assortment of instruments, including walls of electric and acoustic guitars, pop synth sounds, banjos, mandolins, accordions, horns and various keyboards.

American Heroes #4 has a big, bold sound – strong, full, vibrant, and expressive vocal on top of pop, rock, Latin and gospel rhythms. The remarkable choices of instrumentation and production make a statement: this CD is a celebration of heroes! It is chock full of whimsy and humor and you can discover something new every time you listen. Jonathan does a staggering amount of research for each song, making history not only come alive for children, he makes it sing!

 

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