Our good friend Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of the Children’s Folk Song, turned 92 on August 6th. What an accomplishment!
Ella has performed her songs featuring acoustic instruments (in the tradition of the culture she is singing about) on all seven continents including Antarctica! As she travels, she makes a concerted effort to learn about the cultures of the people she is visiting, taking home their musical traditions and languages that she then shares with her audiences. Ella’s recordings have received Parents’ Choice awards and Grammy nominations. Ella is a recipient of the GRAMMY’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
A reunion-type reception in her honor was held in Chicago on August 14th and it featured performances from local and national children’s music performers. This event celebrated Ella’s 60 years as a recording artist, as well as the 50th anniversary of the release of her seminal album, “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song.”
This reception was put together by the creators of a very exciting upcoming documentary about Ella entitled, “Ella Jenkins: We’ll Sing a Song Together.” They invited everyone who had ever worked with her to come and record their stories, which will be featured in the documentary. For information on how you can help finish the film by making a tax-deductible contribution, please contact producer Tim Ferrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can view our entire collection of Ella Jenkin’s CDs on our website at: https://www.edact.com/ella-jenkins