A Family-Friendly CD That Rocks!

With smash hits likes “The Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” parents don’t always get to listen to music they necessarily enjoy. Don’t get me wrong–these catchy tunes are popular with children for a reason. But sometimes we need a break from the perpetual nursery rhymes.

That’s where Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers’ Gift Horse comes in. We’ve loved listening to this new album from the grass-roots American rock band. As a fan of The Sixers previous work, I think it’s safe to say their newest release is one of most mature and cohesive albums to date. Several of the songs focus on themes of family or growing up in the U.S., which I know is a relatable topic for most of us.

“I wrote the last two songs on the record, ‘Roots and Wings’ and ‘Noelle, Noelle,’ while we were making it,” says Kellogg on the band’s website. “I realized I had more to say about the subject of family, and that makes me think it’s got to be a huge thing for a lot of people. So I try to write in a way that’s going to positively impact people without being too obvious or literal.”

Check out the “Roots and Wings” music video below. And let us know in the comments section what your favorite family-friendly albums are–that don’t mention spiders or bus wheels.


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  1. by Erich Johansson

    On December 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Love seeing the SK6ERS getting some press! I don’t know a single person who can’t relate to at least one song on the album. Great stuff!

  2. by Joanna L.

    On December 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Love Stephen Kellogg and love that my kids can sing a long to so many of their songs… Sweet Sophie, See you later, etc.!

  3. by JeanB

    On December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love Stephen’s songs and his obvious love for family. It really shines thru in his writing & performances, songs about meeting his wife (Such a Way, 1993), and one song for each of his 3 daughters (Noelle, Adeline and Sophia) are just part of the wonderful SK6ers catalog.
    Another family friendly CD worth checking out is the soundtrack to ‘Curious George 2′ featuring original and ‘reimagined’ songs by Carbon Leaf. Favorites are ‘The Friendship’ and ‘Heart of the Day’.

  4. by Sue

    On December 8, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    The SK6ers deserve great success – not only because their music is awesome (and it REALLY is) but they are nice people too. I have every CD since day one and can honestly say they are my favorite band. Their music works for any occasion so give them a try…you won’t be disappointed.