A few weeks or so back I received a copy of Zee Avi’s Nightlight album in the mail. Having never heard of Zee Avi before I figured this would go into the line up of albums I already had waiting for a listen. This was a mistake. HUGE mistake. There are two weeks that I can never get back where I missed out on this awesome kids album that’s for kids but it’s not…
Okay, let me explain the “for kids but it’s not” comment. You see, Zee Avi’s Nightlight may be the first foray into the family music genre from this surprising Malaysian artist, but it is far from amateur. Here’s what I like to call her “mini-resume” and it truly is impressive ::
Zee was the winner of the International Youth Icon Award in 2011 in her birth home Sarawak, Malaysia, and has been recognized as one of the top 10 Malaysians by MSN, which has led to inspirational speaking engagements with young people around the world. Zee has played at several prestigious festivals including Borneo’s Rain Forest World Music Festival, Australia’s Byron Bay Festival, San Francisco’s Noise Pop, Austin’s South by Southwest, Mountain Jam in New York, Lilith Fair, Bonnaroo and Street Scene in San Diego. Zee now resides in New York and Los Angeles.
Award winning, top 10 list included, inspirational speaker, and successful musician. Then she goes and makes her first family music album and well, not surprisingly, it’s amazing!
Nightlight is a compilation of Zee Avi’s personal twist on covers for classic songs such as Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and “Dream A Little Dream” by Louis Armstrong. Every time I hear her version of “The Circle Game” by Joni Mitchell, I remember being a kid at summer camp. *sigh* What great memories!
The album wraps with a “Nightlight Medley,” which is Malaysian lullaby medley that will calm and soothe your little ones to slumber. Now, my girls won’t fall asleep listening to music, but there are many times while we are driving around where I need soothing tunes to calm them (and myself) and this song really works.
Honestly, the whole album is beyond awesome for a calming and catchy listen. I am excited to have Zee Avi’s Nightlight added into our summer trips and adventures soundtrack.
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