Children's Music

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  • Grammy nominated CD "The Playground" with Tony Bennett
    Sound Imagination composer/producer Ed Kessel co-directed KidzAmerica, a professional children's singing group, who performed two selections with Mr. Bennett. The album which also features Rosie O'Donnell, Kermit the Frog and Elmo is a hit with kids everywhere.

    Sample "Put on a Happy Face"


  • In 2000, Ed Kessel had the honor of working with Tony Bennett at the opening ceremonies of the US Open Tennis Tournament. Ed and KidzAmerica director Manfred Knoop wrote a special vocal arrangement of "America The Beautiful" for Tony Bennett and KidzAmerica that wowed the crowd and started off the event with a bang! The event was broadcast on national TV.
    US Open
  • The duo also directed KidzAmerica on VH1's "Save The Music," and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show".
    Save the Music

  • Ed composed the score for the Macy's and Bullock's Paddington Bear national television campaign. It was such a hit with Macy's that it opened the door to many other children's commercials, including a national spot for Babar! Babar

  • In 2003, KidzAmerica, under the direction of Ed and Manfred, once again performed at the opening ceremonies of the US Open Tennis Tournament this time with "Star Search" winner Tiffany Evans.

  • Ed and Partner, Manfred Knoop wrote the lyrics and music to a children's book by Nancy Sellin entitled, "The Laughing Ground" narrated by Stacy Keach and featuring KidzAmerica.
    the Laughing Ground

Ed Kessel is in his element when working on children's projects. Still a kid at heart, he easily taps into his whimsical imagination and youthful spirit. He began dabbling in children's music when his niece Sarah was born. He wrote her a lullaby entitled, "Carnival Dreamland." This led to many other children's projects including a children's ballet, "The Toy Shop" which was premiered by the New Philharmonic of New Jersey in 1994. Ed proudly dedicated "The Toy Shop" to his two nephews, Sammy and Nathan.

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