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Annie Lynn: Bio

Annie Lynn, President and Chief Composer at  AnnieBirdd Music, LLC, began writing songs when she was 14 years old, while acting in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” with the Germantown Theater Guild in Philadelphia. Asked to write “a nature song” by the show’s director, Annie wrote “Listen,” and the song and the show were subsequently filmed and shown on CBS. “I remember being this excited 14 year old kid, so psyched that the first song I had ever written was on TV,” Annie reflects now. “If someone had told me that 30 years later, I’d be recording that song with my own child, I would have laughed! Now I have whole communities of school-aged children singing my own choruses back at me, and it really is a great feeling….”

 

This same great feeling carries over into many of Annie’s songs. Her children’s singles, “That’s All There Is,” "Listen - a nature song" "STOP THAT! - A Bullying Prevention Song" and "New School" have been featured and favorably reviewed on the Peabody Award-winning children’s radio program “Kids Corner with Kathy O’Connell” on Philadelphia’s WXPN, with rebroadcasts on Sirius Radio. The songs remain in rotation.

 

A Collaboration between Annie and songwriter/engineer/producer Chris Arms, recently produced a multi award winning CD called  "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms and Friends...No Time for Hate and other Songs for Schools."  This CD is ideal for schools, choirs and homeschoolers especially, and contains karaoke versions of the songs for assemblies, and offers youtube video links with practice videos and lyrics.             Topics include:

* bullying prevention

* tolerance and acceptance of others

* identity and self

* determination and motivation

          * going to a new school

* nature conservation, including a new song for Earth Hour!

 

Annie's music can also be heard featured on National radio, podcasts, and is also being used in several cable and network television commercials, business websites, and one fine rodeo in Texas! Annie also licensed her song “The Key To My Heart,” as music for an educational video to promote reverse-mainstreaming in Pennsylvania schools. The song instantly became the lynchpin for the entire effort, and generated a surprisingly large number of requests for copies from teary-eyed parents.  

As a classically trained musician, Annie holds a B.S.ed with a concentration in Music Education from West Chester University in PA. Annie also studied Music Education at the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford in CT, as well as WCU. Before becoming a professional songwriter, Annie taught music and first through fifth grade in several Pennsylvania elementary school systems. As a singer/songwriter, she performed in area clubs throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Annie has also worked previously as a performer/educator for Prescription Music, a music education touring company dedicated to preserving traditional folk music. 

Annie is a proud, card carrying member of the:

* Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)

* National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)

Annie is also the mother of now 17 year old Alexander, (an honor roll student....can I brag, please?) a budding singer/songwriter, and frequent co-collaborator and touring partner.


 Cool Stuff and Awards:

WINTER 2017:

April 2017: 

Our song, "It's Earth Hour" was just used in a video for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)/Earth Hour Taiwan in a recap of the observation of Earth Hour in Taiwan. I will put a link to the video in "News"

March, 2017:

Our music video for the song "IT'S EARTH HOUR" ended up being seen, as of 3/28/17, by:

* 150 COUNTRIES!

* 11,025 VIEWS!

* SONGS DOWNLOADED FOR NON-COMMERCIAL USE

* Reposted on FB and Retweeted on Twitter by environmental groups including WWF branches around the world

It was thrilling to hear from people around the world, and also join together in the mission to #ChangeClimateChange 

 

  *** Annie Lynn nominated in the  International Songwriting Contest (ISC)  for her song, "New School", featuring cousins Alex W., and Hannah S. on vocals, and the amazing Wanamaker Lewis on Banjo. This song is in the Best Children's Song category.  Final Results pending...

 

***  The song "It's Earth Hour!" by Annie Lynn, was featured on The Children's Music Network's "Tuneful Tuesday" blog, as well as a story by Annie about Earth Hour and some vital info you need to participate!   See my "Links" section for info on this.

 

***  The song "It's Earth Hour!" by Annie Lynn, was featured on the podcast and youtube channel of "That Family Show"  See my "Links" section for info on this show.

 

February, 2017:

*** Annie Lynn and Chris Arms are nominated in the Just Plain Folks Songwriting Contest  for their entire CD  "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms and Friends: No Time for Hate and Other Songs For Schools" in the Best Educational Children's CD category.  Final Results pending...

 

*** Annie Lynn nominated in the Just Plain Folks Songwriting Contest  for her song, "New School", featuring cousins Alex W., and Hannah S. on vocals, and the amazing Wanamaker Lewis on Banjo. This song is in the Best Children's Song category.  Final Results pending...

(Note: 2nd time I ever competed against myself, lol!)

January, 2017:

*** Annie Lynn and Chris Arms awarded Honorable Mention in the Children's Genre of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, for their song "No Time for Hate"

*** Annie Lynn awarded Honorable Mention in the Children's Genre of the Mid-Atlantic Song Competition, for her song, "That's All There Is - Feat. Alex W."

(Note: First time I ever competed against myself, lol!)

WINTER 2016 TO PRESENT!!! : We're On Your Radio!

Thanks to Sagan Thacker in North Carolina, at Radio Active Kids at Asheville FM 103.3; Grandfather Paul Stark at Musical Merry Go Round at KDHX 88.1 FM St. Louis; Paul Butler at Kids Crossroads at WFDU 89.1FM in NYC, Dave Loftin at The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl Podcast, as well as Chloe's Friendship Circle, a  Podcast for Kids and Families,  for their generous airplay.  Also thanks to Stefan Shepard at Zooglobble.com for the nice review of "I Kept Your Present" Finally, thanks to "That Family Show" for featuring our song "It's Earth Hour" and helping us get those free song downloads out!  For Links to listen to these programs and reviews,  along with other talented Kindie artists...go to my links page.

FALL 2016:

November, 2016:

  Interview with Chloe's Friendship Circle Podcast... See my "LINKS" section for info on this show!

November 23 at 8:07pm · Post by Chloe's Friendship Circle...

"Thank you to Little Ditties and SCHOOL SONGS FROM ANNIEBIRDD MUSIC, LLC for two AMAZING interviews today! Happy Thanksgiving! " CLINK LINK >
https://www.podomatic.com/…/episo…/2016-11-23T17_03_04-08_00


*   The song "STOP THAT! - A Bullying Prevention Song, and our story, were featured on the website of The Pacer Center for Disabilities, as well as Pacer's other website Kids Against Bullying.  They will continue to host the video, and we are allowing this video to be downloaded for those who can use it. The mp3 of the song, as well as its karaoke version, lyrics and practice videos remain available for purchase at several excellent outlets.....(see BUY/LICENSING)  Story under "Press"

*   Our first radio hit from years ago, "That's All There Is" is one of  29 OTHER TRACKS only on Sing Through the Storm, which is a CD to help HAITIAN PEOPLE'S SUPPORT PROJECT continue to do their good work.  30 Kindie artists donated songs. Check out the music! 

  Attendance and participation at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's:

 PMEA District 11 – 12th Annual Professional Staff Development Conference – November 8, 2016

Breakout Sessions Attended Included:

* Early Childhood Music 101 (General Music)

* Can You Pat Your Head and Rub Your Belly? An Approach to Part Work to Stimulate the Brains of Young Singers (General Music/Choral)

* Don’t Just Survive...Thrive in Middle School General Music (General Music)

  Attendance and participation at Sixth Annual Arts and Education Symposium, held in Harrisburg, PA and sponsored by:

* Pennsylvania Arts and Education Network

 * NAMM Foundation

* The Education Policy and Leadership Center

 * The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association

* Progressive Music  / Ron Cowell

Breakout Sessions Attended Included: 

* ESSA & Opportunities for Arts Education - Presented by Lynn Tuttle, Director of Content and Policy, National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

* Overview of the PA Council on the Arts'  Education Division 

* Pennsylvania PTA -  Reflections Arts Program

Summer 2016:

THE AWARD WINNING SONG, "NO TIME FOR HATE" IS FINALLY SCORED AND AVAILABLE ON SHEET MUSIC.  CURRENTLY LICENSING TO CHOIRS AS WELL AS SCHOOLS. THANK YOU TO DAVID HEITLER-KLEVANS!

AnnieBirdd Music, LLC, together with Astro-nomical Productions has just finished two music videos, for Kindie Artists Vivi Melody and Uncle Dox.  Views currently over 2.5K....and this is just the first week!

Spring 2016:

We are in production of a music video, featuring puppets, for Annie's songs "That's What I Wonder About Life" and "The Key To My Heart".

 Also working on new music video for "The Dog Eat Human Blues"  (Illustrators and puppeteers feel free to contact me for future projects!) 

Winter 2016:

 FEBRUARY 11, 2016: Annie Lynn,Chris Arms, and Alexander Wilczewski were selected as Semi-Finalists in THE SONG OF THE YEAR SONGWRITING CONTEST, for their Ramones-like holiday hit song, "I KEPT YOUR PRESENT."

*** DECEMBER 2015:  International release of the holiday hit song on Amazon.com and music video " I KEPT YOUR PRESENT"  Go to youtube channel to view...  www.youtube.com/anniebirdd


OCTOBER 2015:  Arch Street United Methodist Church Choir in Philadelphia performs "NO TIME FOR HATE"  at a special service on October 18, 2015.  They will continue to use this song, as well as "WHO I AM" for their services, and social justice outreach.


SEPTEMBER 2015: Release of new video featuring puppets, of "NEW SCHOOL"  This song won honorable mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.   

 

AUGUST 2015: "Annie Lynn, Chris Arms & Friends: No Time for Hate and Other Songs for Schools" awarded "BEST CHILDREN'S ALBUM" (August) by The Akademia Music Awards

JANUARY 2015:  Recording and release of new music video for  "It's Earth Hour" 

DECEMBER 2014:     RELEASE OF CD "NO TIME FOR HATE AND OTHER SONGS FOR SCHOOLS" BY ANNIE LYNN AND CHRIS ARMS.

DECEMBER 2013: - THE SONG "STOP THAT! - AN ANTI-BULLYING ANTHEM" USED IN A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE COUNTRY OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IN THEIR CRUSADE TO END BULLYING. (SEE LINK TO VIDEO UNDER "NEWS" SECTION.)

OCTOBER, 2010:   ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS SELECTED AS FINALISTS IN THE SONG OF THE YEAR COMPETITION FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE."

MAY 2009:   ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS SELECTED AS FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE CHILDREN'S GENRE OF THE 12TH ANNUAL UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST.

AUGUST, 2008: ANNIE & CHRIS ARMS ALSO SELECTED AS SEMI-FINALISTS FOR THEIR ANTHEM "NO TIME FOR HATE" IN THE U.K. SONGWRITING COMPETITION

MARCH 2008: SONG "NEW SCHOOL" IS FEATURED WITH SEVERAL OTHER NATIONAL CHILDREN'S ARTISTS ON A CD COMPILATION PUT OUT BY INDIE MUSIC FOR LIFE (see link page)  THE CD WILL RAISE MONEY FOR PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH AND WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PEDIATRIC PATIENTS.

FEBRUARY, 2008: ANNIE & JIM BURNS SELECTED AS TOP TEN FINALISTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS FOR BEST COUNTRY/BLUEGRASS SONG, "MY BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN SKIES."

SEPTEMBER, 2007: THE SONG "NEW SCHOOL" (FEATURING SON ALEX AND COUSINS HANNAH S. ON VOCALS AND WANAMAKER LEWIS ON BANJO)  AWARDED HONORABLE MENTION IN THE JOHN LENNON SONGWRITING COMPETITION.

FEBRUARY, 2007: ANNIE AND HER SON ALEX W. SELECTED AS TOP TEN FINALISTS IN THE BEST GROUP/DUO CATEGORY OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACOUSTIC MUSIC AWARDS FOR "THAT'S ALL THERE IS." ( Now Alex is seeking higher pay and less homework. Negotiations are at a stalemate.)

 

Thanks for listening! See You Soon…… Annie