Monty Harper
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Monty Harper

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Full length CDs:
The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD
Take Me to Your Library
Imagine That
Jungle Junk!

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“Vibrant images of a child's world are a hallmark of Mr. Harper's work,” says Dave Kinnoin of SongWizard Records, “and his prolific playfulness delights the child in all of us.” Based in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he lives with his wife and four-year-old daughter, Harper has been writing, recording, and performing songs for kids since 1989.

Harper’s fourth and latest release, The Great Green Squishy Mean Concert CD, is a distinguished iParenting Media Award Winner. The CD was recorded live in front of audiences in Stillwater, Bartlesville, and Oklahoma City. Harper performed with the “Thrice Upon a Time Band,” a rock ensemble he put together solely for the purpose of creating the CD. Band members are John Howk on electric guitar, Cody Byassee on drums, and Bob Moore on bass.

“Well-established ‘adult’ acts such as They Might Be Giants and Dan Zanes (formerly of the Del Fuegos) are now ‘discovering’ that kids like to rock, too,” says Harper. “But I’ve known it all along! With the new CD I’m trying to approach that same boundary between kids’ music and pop, but from the other side, as a solo children's artist mixing in a real, live, energetic, rock 'n' roll sound.”

Harper began creating music for kids as a way to combine various interests such as writing, music, performance, and working with children. After completing his master’s degree in mathematics at Oklahoma State University (just in case) he immediately began to explore the possibility of children’s music as a career. A few Barry Louis Polisar records he discovered at the library inspired Harper to forge ahead. “Those records showed me that success can be had making fun music about gross stuff that kids love,” says Harper. “That sounded right up my alley.”

In the ensuing years, Harper has engaged many thousands of children with his interactive programs at libraries and schools throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas. He also teaches songwriting through his workshops and residencies and is one of the most often booked performers on the Oklahoma Arts Council Touring Roster. He has penned many songs for clients such as The Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the LAUSD Nutrition Network. He has collected three Children's Music Web Awards, a Parents' Choice, two Unisong International Song Contest awards, and twice landed songs at number one on the MP3.com children's chart. Harper’s recordings are available internationally at CDBaby.com, Amazon.com, and iTunes.

Harper is already working on his next CD which will tie in with the Summer 2006 library programs theme revolving around pets. More details are at www.montyharper.com.