Tim Kubart Receives GRAMMY Nomination For 'Building Blocks'
Grammy Award-winning artist Tim Kubart's album of 12 original songs, Building Blocks, has received a 2018 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Children's Album. Building Blocks is one of five albums, out of hundreds released this year, to receive the honor. The 61st GRAMMY Awards celebrations will be hosted by the Recording Academy in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 10, 2019.
On December 14th, Tim Kubart will return to Woodward Park Elementary School (his alma mater) in Farmingdale, NY, to sing with the 90 Junior Chorus students who appear on the song "We Are Growing" on the album. He will also record a special with SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Kids Place Live show next week. The special will air in January.
Building Blocks is a pop celebration all about growing: growing wiser, growing bolder, and, above all, growing our circle of caring for family, friends, and those around us. Kubart is also the 2016 Grammy Award-winner for Best Children's Album (for his album Home), a television and podcast host, children's book author, and Sesame Street songwriter. This fall, Postmodern Jukebox launched the weekly "Postmodern Juicebox" musical variety series on YouTube, with Tim as host. He has earned a prominent place in the family music world for get-up-and-dance tunes that connect with kids by speaking to the experiences that shape their world.
With joy-filled songs about events and activities from the first day of school to field trips and block parties, Building Blocks celebrates the way new challenges bring new opportunities to care. "As we grow so does our capacity to care -- for our family, our pets, our neighbors, and our communities, both locally and globally. Building Blocks is about watching our hearts grow as we do," says Kubart, who earlier this year participated in a U.S. Embassy arts exchange tour of Nigeria. "As a society, it's our job to nurture the good in children. We take what we learn at home to the wider community."
The new album is produced by Dominic Fallacaro, who recently signed on to music direct prolific songwriter Max Martin's West End musical, and features guest spots by children's media stars, including Steve Burns ("Blue's Clues"), Carly Ciarrocchi ("Sprout House"), and Genevieve Goings ("Choo Choo Soul"). Building Blocks is filled with Kubart's signature stadium pop sound, culminating with its anthem of inclusivity, "Block Party".
Kubart has worked on numerous family music projects, most notably "Sesame Street." His first Sesame composition "We Can All Be Friends" is the introduction of Julia, the first Muppet with autism. The encouraging "Oopsie-Do!" on Building Blocks is also the title of Tim's acclaimed first picture book, published by HarperCollins earlier this year. Kubart won national notice as host, producer, and writer for the Emmy Award-nominated LIVE show for preschoolers, "Sunny Side Up" on NBC-Universal's Sprout Channel. Today, he co-hosts the "Highlights Hangout," a podcast for Highlights magazine, which brings the trusted brand of puzzles and games to a New Medium.
When he's not singing and dancing for kids, Kubart is known the world over as the "Tambourine Guy" from the viral collective and internationally touring Postmodern Jukebox. Sara Niemietz and Drue Davis from PMJ also appear on Building Blocks. This fall, he'll star in a PMJ spinoff project. To get all the Tim Kubart news, visit www.timkubart.com.