Lanny Sherwin
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Lanny Sherwin

Santa Barbara, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | INDIE

Santa Barbara, CA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Pop Children's Music


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""Meltdown" is "Impressive""

Being a music reviewer for Chicago Parent definitely comes with some nice perks, like free CDs. About a dozen new releases arrive in my mailbox each week hoping to receive a review in this column. But when a new recording comes from Lanny Sherwin, it immediately moves to the top of the "play pile" because Sherwin consistently delivers creative and child-centered original songs like few other artists. I was impressed with everything about Sherwin’s "Meltdown."

Sherwin is one of those great independent artists who is creating really wonderful music for kids. - Chicago Parent Magazine


Family fun and entertainment is just what Lanny Sherwin delivers on his newest CD, "Meltdown." Everyone will enjoy these wonderful pop songs, with their catchy melodies and lightly sprinkled country influences. Sherwin's lyrics are as encouraging & wise as they are humorous. - Radio Indy

"Kid-Friendly Originals"

Award-winning singer-songwriter Lanny Sherwin creates kid-friendly originals that provide the perfect antidote to the cloying sing-along fodder of the Barneys and Elmos of the world. - CD Universe

"Witty and Clever"

I honestly love the music of Lanny Sherwin. I sing the praises to everyone I know and recommend his music to all new parents! I feel that passionate about this music.

Witty and clever. That's what comes to mind when I think of the songs on "Meltdown". I Can't Rhyme has to be one of my favorites! I say that and the next song that plays is my favorite, too. -

"A Guitar-Rocking Good Time!"

Lanny Sherwin’s new CD, “Meltdown”, is a guitar-rocking good time for the whole family! All the songs are original, and the genres move from rock to R&B and everything in between. -

"Lanny Sherwin Awarded RadioIndy "GrIndy" Award"

RadioIndy is pleased to present Lanny Sherwin with a GrIndie Award for the CD "Meltdown "

Family fun and entertainment is just what Lanny Sherwin delivers on his newest CD, “Meltdown.” Although geared towards children between the ages of 4-12, everyone will enjoy these wonderful pop songs, with their catchy melodies and lightly sprinkled country influences. Sherwin’s lyrics are as encouraging & wise as they are humorous.

Sherwin has a gifted insight into the mind of a child and he uses his music to inspire a positive attitude, but it's his motto that really sums up his ability to relate to his audience on their level: “Don’t Drive Parents Crazy.” If you’re looking for something new and original for the kids to hear, then pop in the CD “Meltdown” and before you know it they will be singing along. - RadioIndy

"Lanny Sherwin Always Delivers the Goods"

“I will go to see certain movies because of the actors or the directors, read books because of the authors, and listen to any CD by Lanny Sherwin because he always delivers the goods.” -

"Flawless Music and Clever Lyrics"

Lanny Sherwin’s outstanding album is fresh and on target for young audiences. He uses varied musical styles, including country, reggae, rock, do-wop, a cappella, and swing to complement his original songs.

Sherwin’s voice is easy and relaxing. Songs address everyday events in a child’s life. Tunes such as “Everyone Is Different,” “Litter-Quitter,” and “Dad Said a Bad Word” blend lyrics that a child will understand with confidence-building concepts. Each song has a moral, but is never didactic.

Perfect for family listening, the combination of flawless music and clever lyrics render this album essential for general listening collections - School Library Journal

"A Spirited CD for Kids"

Lanny Sherwin kicks out kid-empathetic jams that mix classic rock 'n' roll with overtones of reggae and country.

This fresh, laugh-packed disc also has Sherwin saluting golden-pldie pop music in "A Cappella, Part 2 (just wait 'till you get a load of his vocal imitation of Jimi Hendrix's famed "Purple Haze" guitar riff). - Cookie Magazine

"Lanny Sherwin Has a Gift"

Re: "Turn Up the Music!":

Lanny Sherwin has a gift. Not only does he have the gift of musical talent, but he's able to somehow put himself into a kid's head and write songs from that perspective. This music is relaxing and peaceful and at times very funny. I would classify this as 'family music' as the whole family will enjoy it.


2009: Meltdown!
2007: I Like Being Me
2005: Turn Up the Music!
2003: Dream With Me Tonight, Vol 2 (wrote & produced)
2001: Dream With Me Tonight - Lullabies For All Ages (wrote & produced)



Lanny spent the early part of 2008 touring with Bob Dylan ... technically ... sort of. Three of Lanny's children's songs (and only one of Bob's) were selected for Continental Airline's inflight playlist!

But let's go back ...

Lanny is a singer-songwriter and is President of the children's record label, Sandman Records. He has released 4 award-winning kids' CDs, each of which follow his label's motto: "DON'T DRIVE PARENTS CRAZY!

Having spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville, Lanny's son, Alec, was born in 1997. After about 2 months of listening to Barney, Elmo, and other equally brain-frying lullaby CDs on the market, he decided to write his own, "Dream With Me Tonight - Lullabies For All Ages". Former Asylum recording artist, Melodie Crittenden, sang the vocals.

The next year he wrote "Dream With Me Tonight, Vol. 2 - A Father's Lullabies". Gene Miller, a former Mercury Records artist, handled vocals on that CD.

As Alec grew up, so did the themes of Lanny's songs. Released in 2006, "Turn Up the Music!" is geared toward 4 - 9 year olds. Lanny himself sang the vocals. That CD has won 8 children music awards.

In 2007, he wrote & sang on "I Like Being Me!" - also for 4 - 9 year olds.

Lanny started out writing lullabies out of love for his newborn child and out of desperation at having to listen to what was available in the market. Now he just writes because - deep down - he loves being immature.

His CDs have won over 30 music awards from Parent's Choice
Teacher's Choice
Children's Music Web
National Association of Parenting Publications
Dove Foundation
Creative Children Magazine
Dr. Toy
International Songwriting Competition

Smart and sensitive original and imaginative dazzling. Paul Shackman, for the American Library Associations Booklist

"Fun lyrics and catchy melodies guaranteed not to drive parents crazy! Family Energy magazine

Great variety of musical styles, superb musicianship and child-centered songs.

Lanny lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife, Holly, and their son, Alec.

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