AMERICAN HEROES #3
Nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY® AWARD
"Best Musical Album For Children"
Winner Dr. Toy 10 Best Audio/Video CD/DVDs for 2009!
Winner 2010 Family Choice Award!
Winner of 2010 Mom's Choice Gold Award!
Winner 2009 National Parenting Publications GOLD Award!
Winner 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Award!
Winner of the Film Advisory Board 2009 Award of Excellence!
iParenting Media Award "2009 Best Products" Winner!
Winner of the 2009 Creative Child Seal of Excellence Award!
Awarded the 2009 Dove Foundation "Family-Approved" Seal!
"Jonathan Sprout's American Heroes #3 is a collection of highly produced pop rock tunes that sound a bit like Bon Jovi and The Jonas Brothers meet James Taylor. His sophisticated sound is rich with intricate, interweaving counter melodies and a full assortment of instruments, including walls of electric and acoustic guitars, pop synth sounds, banjos, mandolins, accordions, horns and various keyboards." The GRAMMY Museum, Los Angeles, CA
"Jonathan Sprout’s American Heroes #3 delivers another rich punchy packet of diversified heroes including Wilma Rudolph, George Washington Carver, Cesar Chavez, John Muir and Pocahontas to name just a few. The songs are hip and happening - finely produced and performed tributes to some brilliant folks who have left a strong imprint on our society. Perhaps American Heroes #10 will have a nod to Jonathan Sprout! Yes indeed, learning can be a memorable experience." John Wood, Kidzmusic.com
MUSIC Review by Fred Koch
"Teachers and parents often ask children to name someone they would consider a hero. Television reporters often cite public servants who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help fellow citizens. And on Jan. 15, the world witnessed the heroic work of Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, who saved countless lives as he masterfully piloted his crippled US Airways airplane into the Hudson River.
But too often children think of celebrities as their heroes. As parents and teachers, we need to help children differentiate between stardom and heroism. We look up to celebrities for their talent. Heroes we look up to because of their deeds.
Jonathan Sprout has made it his mission to educate children about some of America’s heroes. Sprout has just released the third CD in his American Heroes series, another collection of awe-inspiring songs designed to inspire children.
Sprout follows the same format for "American Heroes #3" as he did on his critically acclaimed projects, "American Heroes" and "More American Heroes." Once again Sprout collaborated with Dave Kinnoin (another outstanding children’s songwriter and musician). Once again they crafted a collection of exceptional songs that spotlight such outstanding Americans as Jane Addams (Nobel Peace Prize), Elizabeth Blackwell (first U.S. female doctor), George Washington Carver (agricultural scientist), Cesar Chavez (civil rights activist), Milton Hershey (chocolate king/philanthropist), Thomas Jefferson (third president), John Muir (conservationist), Pocahontas (peacemaker), Wilma Rudolph (Olympic gold medalist) and Jonas Salk (polio vaccine).
You know some of their stories of pain and struggle, heartache and perseverance. But these musical biographies are also filled with the power of imagination, selfless acts and remind us of the courage it takes to be true to your heart and passionately follow your dreams.
I have written many times about what separates good children’s music from great children’s music. It is in the subtle and often-unseen musical artistry present in a well-crafted project. "American Heroes #3" is another fine example.
Take the first song, "Chocolate King," for example. "Believe and never stop/Keep your eyes on the mountaintop. /A little bump in the road doesn’t mean a thing/To the Chocolate King." Pretty simple and even somewhat clichéd, right? But the magic comes when Sprout links the lyrics with a melody and accompaniment that support and propel the song into rock anthem status. This song reminds me of the old Fleetwood Mac song, "Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow."
Each song is a self-contained lesson that soars well beyond what we might think "educational" music for children might be. Again, the reason is Sprout makes these stories come to life by judiciously and strategically using the magic of melody and the power of brilliant musical arrangements to support each song. You will also appreciate the fact that the liner notes contain an informative summary about each American hero.
In addition to all of the fabulous musical biographies contained in "American Heroes #3," there are two "bonus" songs. My favorite, "Good For Me," could be interpreted from several points of view (child to parent, citizen to hero), but I see the song as a soundtrack to a teacher’s end-of-the-year slide show about her class. Here’s the chorus: "It’s good for me that I found you/To be that special someone I can look up to/You’re with me now, and you’ll always be/Yes, you’ll always be good for me." This powerful song is a perfect culminating sentiment for such a magnificent collection of songs about individuals who started out as regular people and ended up as heroes.
I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to buy Sprout’s first two CDs, "American Heroes" and "More American Heroes." Be sure to go to his web site for more information. Look for the link to CD Baby where you can hear 30-second clips of each song.
And remember, you too can be a hero to a kid!"
NEWSOUND KIDS E-REVIEW (October 2011)
The pages of history are filled with men and women who have followed their dreams, harnessed their bravery and used their ingenuity to make the world a better place. With the music of Jonathan Sprout, kids get the opportunity to meet these inspiring figures through a wildly creative set of songs that turns history class into a rockin' good time. AMERICAN HEROES #3 offers kids a chance to learn about chocolatier Milton Hershey through a song that promotes believing in one 's self and reaching for success. The power of determination in the face of adversity is highlighted in "He Will Not Give Up," about polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk, and "Can't Stop Running" is dedicated to Wilma Rudolph, who became a star athlete, despite being physically handicapped. The instrumentation is upbeat and uplifting, with warm acoustic guitar, a little rock guitar, energizing rhythms and a touch of brass in places. Fellow singer/songwriter Dave Kinnoin joins in the writing of several of the album's songs. Nominated for "Best Children's Music" album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Winner of 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Award and the 2009 iParenting Media Award
School Library Journal (Starred Review March 2010)
**American Heroes #3. CD. 44:27 min. Prod. by Sprout Recordings. Dist. by CDBaby.com. 2009. ISBN 0-9677954-2-7. $12.99."Gr 1-5–Award-winning singer-songwriter Jonathan Sprout is back with his third collection of fun, inspirational songs about American heroes. Using a variety of musical styles on this Grammy Award nominated album, he honors the legacies of Jane Addams, Elizabeth Blackwell, George Washington Carver, Cesar Chavez, Milton Hershey, Thomas Jefferson, John Muir, Pocahontas, Wilma Rudolph, and Jonas Salk. Some of the songs are very straightforward in their focus, while others are slightly more obscure. All, however, have terrific melodies, are eminently singable, and contain important lessons children need to learn about perseverance, having a dream, standing up for what is right, and caring for others. Even the instrumental piece “Compassion” evokes strong feelings of warmth and love. “Doctor” (Elizabeth Blackwell) is particularly delightful and inspiring. The steady beat of running feet can almost be felt in Rudolph’s homage, “Can’t Stop Running.” The song celebrating the life and work of Cesar Chavez, “Si Se Puede,” will find a happy home in most music teachers’ repertoires. The quality of both the singing and songwriting is excellent, and all the songs are great musical tie-in to classroom lessons on real-life heroes as well as character education units.– Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA"
"Delightfully inspiring songs ... The arrangement and lyrics of songs like "What He Wrote," "Pocahontas" and "Si Se Puede!" are uniquely strong and enhanced by beautiful melodic voices that resonate enthusiasm, entertain and capture our imagination. What makes "American Heroes #3" exceptional is the lyrics that celebrate extraordinary people.
The wonderful tempo and lyrics of "Good For Me' is poignant. It reaches the very heart of believing you can be the hero of your dreams.
(The CD is) full of wonderful tunes about great people who inspire children and the child in all of us ... Delightful ... Fascinating..."
Janet Stokes, Chief Executive, Film Advisory Board, Inc.
American Heroes #3, January 19, 2009
Jonathan Sprout and his co-writers have brought to light/life
some of America's most famous and courageous (and some lesser known)
contributors to the betterment of humankind in a way that will fascinate
and inspire not only young people but their parents and teachers as well.
This CD is a must in every classroom and home!
"Hip and fun songs and lyrics."
Fabulous!!, February 22, 2009
Another wonderful CD by Jonathan Sprout, February 22, 2009
Jonathan Works Wonders Again, January 20, 2009
By Brian K. Malek "Heroes Fan" (Lancaster, PA)
My fifth graders have been waiting for Jonathan's new "American Heroes #3" album for several weeks now and they were NOT DISAPPOINTED. I have been teaching for ten years and Jonathan's songs completely energize and captivate my students every year. His music not only entertains, but TEACHES you about REAL HEROES! Countless parents have told me his CD's have worn out their car stereos. Catchy tunes and educational lyrics...for all ages. Way to go Jon! Another "instant classic!"
Another great CD by Jonathan Sproutauthor: Dr. Dennis Denenberg
Once again, Jonathan has created awesome songs about REAL heroes and their achievements. His mastery of what they did and their heroic qualities capture the human essence of these incredible men and women. Kids and adults will not only learn about these heroes; they will find themselves singing along! Bravo.
Educational and fun!, February 7, 2009
"This is actually the third album in a series by the wonderful and award-winning talented singer/songwriter Jonathan Sprout. The American Heroes Series is a collection of original songs that teach children about some of America's greatest citizens.
This is a must have for teachers--and I will be giving one to my son's Kindergarten teacher when he starts this Fall! It is simply awesome. And I say this not just because of the fun upbeat music that gets toes tapping and hands clapping, nor because of Jonathan's wonderful singing, all but for another reason.
We first listened to the cd with my two year old. And both boys together listening to fun lively music tends to result in lots of laughing, clapping and dance moves that would make Michael Jackson jealous (just saying....).
But I really wanted my older son to listen to the words in the songs and the stories being told. So when my two year old went down for a nap, I put the music back on, and called my son to join me. Now he and I do reading, coloring, counting and all the normal kinds of educational activities parents do with preschoolers, but I never really discuss history with him.
This is why I not only love this album, but am so grateful it arrived in our mailbox for a review! We sat on that couch together and talked about the different 'heroes' that Sprout sings about. How some overcame great challenges to be successful, and how nice it is to want to help others. Learning through music is perfect for kids, and I loved how my 4 year old responded to the songs. But I can also imagine this album being perfect for elementary school children of all ages.
The "heroes" on this collection are Jane Adams, Elizabeth Blackwell, George Washington Carver, Cesar Chavez, Milton Hershey, Thomas Jefferson, John Muir, Pocahontas, Wilma Rudolph and Jonas Salk. I admit I needed some brushing up on my history as well-- and learned a few things myself listening to the songs!
My son was fascinated of course with Milton Hershey 0r as he is known in the song, "Chocolate King." He was also very interested in "Peanut Man," better known to us as George Washington Carver. I was struck by the story of Wilma Rudolph, beautifully told in the song, "Can't Stop Running," which I hadn't known before.
I could go on and on about this album, but it may be better for you to check it out yourself! You can listen to some clips and get an idea of what I'm raving about, and you can buy "American Heroes 3" (or any of the American Heroes collection ) at Amazon."
Irene Bellamy at HappyHealthyFamilies.com
Holiday Gift Guide: CD’s for your Children
Music has always been a favorite in our household. We enjoy a different variety of music, from country, to classic, to even a little bit of rock and roll. Our favorites are usually country and oldies, but we are always open to different tunes. My husband and I travel a lot and to occupy our time, we listen to music. We occasionally get sick of the radio, especially going through mountains and losing signal, so we try to stick to CD’s. I had the opportunity to review three CD’s during our recent travel to Tennessee. It was a four hour drive there and back, so we definitely needed some entertainment, besides talking. The CD’s we listened to are great for children and perfect stocking stuffers for Christmas.
>American Heroes #3 is part of the American Heroes collection. The American Heroes #3 CD is written and sung by Jonathan Sprout. The CD has 12 songs and the songs are educational, upbeat, and very information. The songs being sung are about America’s greatest citizens. I was able to listen to stories about people who did wonderful things, such as the founder of Hershey Chocolate. Although the stories do not tell you their complete history, it does give you a glimpse into their lives. Each song is a story about a different person. The songs are easy to sing along with, the beat/rhythm gets you moving, and a wonderful tool for learning. You can really tell that Jonathan put forth the effort, the hard work and dedication, to provide a fun, educational learning system for children. I would recommend this CD in schools, as teachers can play it for their students. The age group I would recommend it for is 2nd to 5th grade students.
Jonathan Sprout: American Heroes
"This CD is the third in a series by Jonathan Sprout in which he delves into American history to find remarkable heroes from our past. Writing songs about true-life stories, Jonathan transforms a children’s CD into something that is both fun and educational.
And this history lesson is for the grown ups, too! Have you heard of John Muir (known as “the father of our national parks”), or ever wondered who was the first woman doctor in America? The stories behind these lives are rich and exceptional—what a wonderful gift to share with your family!
Jonathan’s music is fun, too. From folk to classic rock, these songs cross genres and will appeal to both kids and adults. Our favorite songs on the album are Doctor, about Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor in America, and Peanut Man, about George Washington Carver, the famous scientist who developed over 300 products made from peanuts."
American Heroes #3 inspires children with not only the endeavors that brought these individuals to prominence but the personality traits that made their successes possible. Although Jonathan Sprout's carefully researched biographical anecdotes and historical facts are geared primarily for the enjoyment of elementary and middle school students and their families, the stories of these remarkable lives are an inspiration to all ages. At a time when Americans are looking for hope and inspiration, Jonathan Sprout reminds us that the keys to future success can be found in motivating stories of the past ... (a) wonderful CD."
"An entertaining cd for the little ones PLUS a history lesson!
"My daughter is in the preschool stages of learning, so to her this is just another fun music CD. To mommy, it's so much more. I can fully appreciate the value of learning that accompanies these fun songs and know that while she is having fun listening to a song while we are running errands in the car around town she is secretly learning.
Remember how when you were a kid you seemed to learn things better if they had a rhythm or were in a song? Well, that's what Jonathan Sprout has done with these historical figures. He has told their story in a beautifully rhythmic song. The lyrics are catchy, the tunes are easy and you find yourself singing along. I think even grown-ups will find themselves either remembering something they had forgotten or learning a totally new fact.
Jonathan Sprout has been making children's music for a lot of years and it shows. I love the fact that his music doesn't seem like he's trying too hard... if that makes sense, it just seems to comes natural to him. It's not goofy or cheesy like some kids music. He's not trying to be cool, he's just trying to make really great music that our kids will listen to and learn from. This album actually sorta reminds me of some of the School House Rocks songs... remember those from when you were a kid? I still remember words to the ones about not drowning your food and about being about being a bill on Capital Hill... just to name a few. It's the same concept behind his songs,teaching through music.
The American Heroes series have received wide acclaim and multiple awards and for good reason. I love the fact that it's educational and my child will learn from it and it will grow with her as she matures, but also that it's music she will listen to and mommy and daddy won't be sick of after hearing it a gazillion times.
We definitely think that this CD is a both a fun and educational and would highly suggest it. We plan on packing it in the car for our family vacation next week!
You can listen to some samples of the songs off this album on his website JonSprout.com (along with the others in the series)"
"In his American Heroes series, Jonathan Sprout’s concept is simple: Write rock-and-roll-oriented songs around short, biographical narratives of great Americans. In the third installment of his series, American Heroes #3, Sprout highlights many Americans who may have been overshadowed as time moves on. Opener "Chocolate King" gets to the heart of Milton Hershey, "He Will Not Give Up" tells the story of Jonas Salk and his quest to find a vaccine for polio, and "Can’t Stop Running" relates the feat of Wilma Rudolph’s running on a twisted ankle to become the first U.S. female athlete to win three gold medals in track and field at the Olympics. Sprout’s passion for history is clearly showcased here through his voice, and he conveys important lessons in a way that's both accessible and fun for kids."
Mike Ayers, GrandParents.com
“Lively music … meaningful lyrics … American Heroes #3 is well packaged. The cover is a wonderful painted mountain-scape – a symbol of the obstacles the heroes overcame.”
“Jonathan Sprout’s songs are catchy and loaded with history.”
The Allentown Morning Call, Allentown, PA