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Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

We caught up with four of the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album: Bill Harley, Elizabeth Mitchell, the Okee Dokee Brothers and the Pop Ups.

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    Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

    Bill Harley

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    Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

    Elizabeth Mitchell

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    Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

    The Okee Dokee Brothers

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    Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

    The Pop Ups

Photograph: Susan Wilson

Meet the 2013 Grammy Award nominees for Best Children's Album

Bill Harley


For years, Elmo, the Muppets and animated film–inspired CDs (think Aladdin and The Lion King soundtracks) dominated the children’s category of the Grammy Awards. Things began to change in the 2000s, when artists like They Might Be Giants, Dan Zanes, Pete Seeger and Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer won top prizes. This year, though, kids’ indie, or kindie, music has a bigger presence than ever at the Grammys. Nominees in the Best Children’s Album category include four artists who perform in and around the city on a regular basis and associate themselves with the kindie rock scene: the Okee Dokee Brothers (Can You Canoe?), the Pop Ups (Radio Jungle), Elizabeth Mitchell (Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie) and Bill Harley (High Dive). (The fifth nominee is the label JumpinJazz Kids, which produced a compilation called A Swinging Jungle Tale.) All will be vying for that little golden gramophone statue on Sunday, February 10. (The award will be presented at a ceremony before the prime-time telecast.)

As a way of celebrating this sea change in children’s music, we caught up with the four kindie artists to learn more about their various roads to the Grammys. Read on to see what they have to say about everything from their musical inspirations to playing for New York City families. Plus, we've added playlists at the end of each musician's interview so you and your kids can listen to some tunes from the nominated albums. Also, check back here on Monday, February 11 to find out who won and to see photos of the Grammy Awards as experienced by the kindie four.



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