A Life of Song by Ella Jenkins offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a milt-cultural world. This album was co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. This full length CD is 21 songs and was released in 2011.
In A Life of Song, Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music,” offers stories and songs that speak to her youthful years as an African American child in a multi-cultural world. Her career of more than a half century earned her the first Lifetime Achievement Grammy award for a children’s music artist, and her more than thirty recordings teach us to learn from one another while taking pride in our own heritage. This African American Legacy recording of Ella singing with children from the Cool Classics after-school program spotlights her own heritage while showing her delight for the traditions of others. This album was an addition to the Smithsonian Folkways African American Legacy series, and was co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Some of the songs included on this CD are, Pick a Bale of Cotton, One Two Three O'Leary, Calling a Square Dance, Black Royalty, Little Sally Walker, Cotton-Eyed Joe, I Want to Be Ready, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Rock My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham, Amazing Grace, Somebody's Talking about Freedom, Sadie Complete, Uncle Flood and the Blues, Milk Cow Blues, Summertime, The Cuckoo, The Farmer in the Dell, This is Your Year, Children, and I'm On My Way to Canaan Land.
• Full Length CD 21 song collection
• Released in 2011
• Great for the classroom or home