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Amy gets her gum and sings about it
August 16, 2007
By MYRNA PETLICKI Contributor

Amy Lowe's not ashamed to admit she has a fondness for gum. The Chicago songwriter even sings about it in her Parents' Choice Award-winning album, "I Like Gum." Her crystalline voice, honesty and clever original songs are a few of the reasons why families look forward to Lowe's performances. She will share her musical wit and wisdom, backed by guitarist Dave Katzman, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Jewett Park, 836 Jewett Park Drive, Deerfield.
Lowe's selections will include a silly song called "Lickety Split" which she said is about "a character that lives in a land far away where everything is made out of feet." Despite its playful title, Lowe's "Miles Be-Boppin Hoppin" has a serious message. It's about "how sometimes being different can actually be a way to lead people to a new way of looking at life," she said.
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Amy Lowe, a Chicago singer-songwriter, brings her silly songs for kids to Deerfield.
Lowe, who has a diverse career, declared that she enjoys performing for family audiences because "I love the energy of all ages. Kids are so honest and adults appreciate the joy and humor."
For details, call (847) 945-0650.
- Myrna Petlicki



Fire in Boomtown
1999 Storytelling
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Performed By: Amy Lowe
Performed By: Megan Wells
Producer: Emphasis Entertainment Group/Emphasis Kids
CD Price: $14.98
Tape Price: $9.98
Review:
A sterling mix of music, commentary, theater and history as Amy Lowe and Megan Wells recount the story of The Great Chicago Fire of 1871. First, they dispatch the legend, captured in that catchy song ("One Dark Night") that vilified Mrs. O'Leary and her lantern-kicking cow for the raging inferno that destroyed an entire city. They paint a vivid picture of a city that grew far too fast, with far too little planning and they sing chillingly of the "Mud, Wood, Drought, Blunder & Wind," conditions that led to the devastation. Most poignantly, Lowe and Wells interweave their haunting song, "Listen to the Wind," with eloquent testimony from actual eyewitnesses to the tragedy. The pair wind up this well-researched, beautifully performed piece of historical, musical theater on an uplift, commemorating the losses and the hardy souls who survived to rebuild their lives and their city.
Lynne Heffley ©1999 Parents' Choice
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SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL 2007
Social Studies
Movin' in, Building a Town: The Story of Naperville. 1 CD. 59:21 min. Emphasis Kids. 2006. ISBN 1-893967-30-1. $15.98.
Gr 3–6—This CD is a musical tribute to the settling of Naperville, IL, in 1831. There are 21 catchy and fun songs and stories on the CD which was originally created to accompany a set of workshops taking place at the Naper Settlement. Amy Lowe, a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, wrote and performs all of the songs, accompanied by guitar and percussion instruments. She's also accompanied by back-up vocalists, including a fifth-grade class on the song "The First Schoolmaster." Interwoven with the songs are bits of narration to supplement the historical information. Some songs profile figures in Naperville's history, such as "Captain John Naper," a tribute to the city's founder, and "The First Schoolmaster," which tells about Lester Peet and lists the fathers of all 22 of his students during his first year of teaching. Among the other songs are "The Blacksmith," "Paw Paw Post Office," and "Pay the Toll." The liner notes include the lyrics as well as historical photographs of Naperville. A solid addition to school and public libraries, especially those requiring more material on this time and place in history.—Maren Ostergard, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA
- School Library Journal


Local Singer Brings Music, Fun to Students at Krejci Academy
CorporatePartner SPOTLIGHT
Students at Krejci Academy were
treated to a special musical performance
on April 5, by local singer and songwriter
Amy Lowe. Lowe, who was
commissioned by Naper Settlement to
write the musical history of Naperville,
performed Movin’ In, Building a
Town—The Story of Naperville for nearly
60 students at the Little Friends school.
Students from nine classrooms and
ranging in age from 9-17 attended the
hour-long performance. Among the
students in attendance were several who
participate in the school’s DRUMS
(Discipline, Responsibility and Unity
makes for Musical Success) program and
in the Krejci Choir.
“Amy easily engaged the students by
inviting and encouraging them to echo
her lyrics throughout her performance,”
said Principal Camille Smith. “It was
truly a unique opportunity for our music
students, as they were able to view a
musical performance from a totally
different perspective.”
Movin’ In, Building a Town—The Story
of Naperville tells the story of the city’s
175-year history through 21 unique
musical arrangements.
“In addition to learning about the
history of our community, the students
also learned the importance of being
respectful listeners. We are so grateful that
our students had the opportunity to
actively participate in such a unique
performance,” added Smith.
A Musical Day: Nearly 60 students from
Krejci Academy enjoyed a musical
afternoon with local singer Amy Lowe.

- FOCUS Little Friends


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Scott Miller
04-12-2006, 02:17 PM
My occasional post about materials that I consider to be worthwhile kid fare:

Brighter Than Fireflies by Amy Lowe. A children's musician who writes cool original songs and has a talented band to perform them. Highly recommended.

www.amylowe.org
- SCOTT MILLER


HENDERSON, Nev. — Singer/storyteller Amy Lowe will perform at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street in Henderson. Admission is $3 per person to the all-ages show. The performance is part of the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Morning Children’s Series, which brings child-friendly music and entertainment to Henderson recreation facilities.
Lowe’s performance is called “Stomp Your Feet to the Jammin’ Beat,” and includes interactive stories and songs designed to spark the imagination. A variety of themes will be explored, including world peace, family, self-esteem, tall tales and fantasy. Lowe accomplishes this through songs that range from serious to seriously silly.
An award-winning singer and teaching artist, Lowe has performed locally and internationally at festivals and special events for more than 15 years. Her many recording credits include a number of CDs, including “Fire in Boomtown,” “Sing Lowe Score High,” and “When I Grow Up.”
“Amy Lowe is a dynamic artist with a unique way of telling a story with music and original material,” said Sue Kohl, assistant recreation coordinator with the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Her enthusiasm gets people of all ages involved, especially children. They can’t help but to be a part of Lowe’s interactive performance.”
Lowe holds a bachelor’s degree in arts in theatre/music and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary arts. Her recordings have earned a Parents’ Choice Gold Award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation's oldest not-for-profit evaluator of children's books, videos, audios, television, and magazines.
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Discography

Her Awards Include:

2005 Parents Choice Silver Award
2005 Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Award
2004 Parents Choice Best 25 of 25 Years
1999 Parents Choice Gold Award
1999 Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Award
1998 Parents Choice Silver Award
1995 Billboard Songwriters Award

Recordings/ releases recommended by BOOKLIST, LIBRARY JOURNAL & SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNALS

FIRE IN BOOMTOWN- Winner of 2004- Parents Choice- Best 25 of 25 Years & Winner of 1999 Parents Choice Gold & Winner of 1999 Educational Press Distinguished Acheivement Award
I LIKE GUM- 1998 Winner of Parents Choice -Silver Honor Award
MATH MUSIC 1- 2005 CD/CD-ROM - Winner of the Educational Press Distinguished Acheivement Award
BRIGHTER THAN FIREFLIES- 2005 -Winner of Parents Choice Silver
MATH MUSIC 2- 2005 CD/CD-Rom
PRECIOUS GIFTS
MADE FOR EACH OTHER
SUNGLASSES-Single
REMOTE CONTROL
VOICES OF ARIZONA-Video
**(new) MOVIN IN BUILDING A TOWN- The Story of Naperville- CD
www.amylowe.org
Contact: Amy for reviews etc.
www.emphasisentertainment.com

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AMY LOWE-BIO

"Amy Lowe has a wonderful way of telling a story with music that reaches people of all ages. She is a talented musician with a powerful yet sweet voice that can sing a song or tell a story with passion, poignancy, and feeling. She has the unique ability to reach into the soul of her subject and share it with her audience."
Marshall Trimble-Arizona State Historian- Award-winning Author and Storyteller

Multi-award winning singer, songwriter- Amy Lowe has captivated audiences from concert halls to festivals throughout the world. She is a prolific songwriter with a recording career that dates back to the 1980's. She is the recipient of numerous Parent’s Choice and Association of Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Awards. Her recordings have been recommended by:Booklist, Library and School Library Journal.

A Sampling of her credits include:CD & CD/Rom releases entitled: I Like Gum, Fire in Boomtown , Brighter Than Fire Flies , Children In the Spirit, Precious Gifts, Made For Each Other , When I Grow Up,; Math Music- 1- Sing Lowe Score High, Math Music 2-Understanding Math Through Music; Movin In Building a Town-The story of Naperville ; Performances include:Millennium Park; The Taste of Chicago; The Chicago History Museum; Second City,The Winnipeg Folk Festival- Canada; The City of Las Vegas- Music Festivals- Las Vegas-Nevada; Arizona Theater Works- Flagstaff , Maricopa County -College Tour- Arizona ; a Concert Tour of Ecuador; Who’s Next- Paris, France. Jakata,Indonesia.

Her songs have been heard on -The American Experience- City of the Century, the PBS special, WGN-TV & Radio, WLUP-FM- the Kevin Mathew's Show-live, WXRT-FM-the Terri Hemmert Show and WBEZ-FM- Morning Edition. She has appeared on television: NBC-WMAQ-The Morning Show, WTTW- Art Beat and Fox-32-Kozone. She received rave reviews for her original show The Journey of Estevanico- (formerly-Voices of Arizona / A Story Rarely Told). Voices was commissioned by, Arizona Theater Works, Flagstaff. These days, Amy performs and tours a variety of original shows throughout the country, including her production of All Aboard, commissioned by the Chicago Historical Museum,.In addition, Naper Settlement Museum -Naperville, Illinois hired Amy to research, write and record a musical audio tour. This commission included a 21 song CD entitled-MOVIN IN BUILDING A TOWN-; a live performance series and a workshop series. Her 2005 CD release Brighter Than Fire Flies. won The Parents Choice Silver Award. She is currently in the studio working on another CD project.

Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts, in Theater/ Music, a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts. She has written critically acclaimed music for the theater, including-FIRE IN BOOMTOWN, winner of the Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Award & the Parent’s Choice Gold Award; She has created several successful educational & historical touring shows. Her Math Music 1 project recently won her the 2005 Educational Press Distinguished Achievement Award. She has composed music for a Christmas album with universal themes in a wide range of styles and has written, recorded and performed Americana Roots, Adult Contemporary, Folk and Popular Music. She also co-created and performed in one of the longest running comedy reviews for young audiences. The children’s comedy review was called FUNSTUFF.

Nancy Maes of the Chicago Tribune dubbed. “ FUNSTUFF... Saturday Afternoon Live.”

In the field of arts in education Amy’s work is quite extensive. Since 1984, she’s been a Teaching Artist for several arts organizations including: The Illinois Arts Council, Urban Gateways-Arts For Learning and Heartland Arts Fund-Mid America Arts Alliance. She’s designed programs that integrate the arts into the curriculum and has appeared in over 1000 elementary schools, high schools, community centers and universities throughout the country as a touring performer, workshops facilitator, residency and teaching artist.

Lowe continues to pursue new directions and if the past is any indication of the future then it’s bound quite an adventure.

Amy Lowe is joined by guitarist/ bassisit, Dave Katzman and percussionist / background vocalist, Kevin Patrick. Whether they are covering songs by other artists or performing original compositions, their shows are fun for all ages.

DAVE KATZMAN
Dave first heard live Blues as a young child in the mid -sixties on Chicago’s famous Maxwell Street. From that moment on music has been his life force. Since then he has traveled on an exciting journey through the music business as a musician, sound engineer or road manager with such Blues illuminaries as: Buddy Guy, Luther Allison, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, Albert King, BB King, Ko Ko Taylor, Dr. John, Eddy Clearwater, James Brown, James Cotton , Sunnyland Slim and the list goes on.

In the record industry Dave has worked with Delmark Records, Alligator Records, Island Records, Virgin-P