After almost 25 years in children's music, internationally acclaimed children's entertainer Joanie Bartels' popularity has not waned. Her personal commitment to sharing musical “magic” with children and families is stronger than ever! Says Joanie: "Music brings such joy and healing. It is a precious gift to be shared with all ages, throughout the ages. I am thrilled to have parents who listened to my music when they were little now buying that same music for their children. I couldn't ask for a more rewarding testimonial. Does it make me feel old? No! Music will always keep me young at heart!".
Joanie Bartels is the first female children’s artist to receive RIAA Gold Record Certification (Lullaby Magic) and her audio and video recordings have sold in the millions. In addition, she has received the most prestigious awards in the industry and has been continuously recognized for her contribution to children’s entertainment. Joanie was named Favorite Female Vocalist in a survey of new parents by Child magazine and The American Association of Children's Entertainment. This multitalented artist has captured the hearts of children and adults alike through her recordings and the sing-along/dance-along concerts she performs internationally. Parenting magazine said: "Bartels' songs have planted her at the pinnacle of the children's music charts" and concert promoters continue to rave about her upbeat, interactive performances.
Bartels began her career as a recording artist for young audiences in 1985 with the release of Lullaby Magic. Soon, she and her collection of eight theme-oriented audio and video recordings (The Magic Series) became synonymous with the special times parents and children share enjoying music together. Joanie has continued the tradition of recording award-winning, quality music for children and their families with the release of Jump for Joy, Adventures With Family and Friends, Put On Your Dancing Shoes and Dreamland which have won numerous awards.
Joanie's video/DVD credits include: The Rainy Day Adventure and The Extra-Special Substitute Teacher (Sony-BMG), Recycle Wranglers for The City of Los Angeles and Kidjit City for View Studios and she has appeared as a guest on several television programs including: Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS' Storytime, CNN and Music City Tonight.
Since establishing her indie label Purple Frog Records in 2000, Joanie acquired ownership rights of her 1996 recording Adventures With Family and Friends and released two new CDs as well as a "virtual" CD for iTunes called Jazzy, along with selected singles from previously unreleased projects. Sony-BMG has also made the entire Magic Series available for downloading on iTunes!
Joanie's music career goes back many years! Before becoming enamored of children's audiences, she sang in coffee houses in the Boston-Cambridge area, toured extensively as a lead singer with a variety of bands (folk, rock, pop, R&B, country, jazz) across the USA and was a backup singer in several Los Angeles recording studios before landing her first "major label" gig on A&M Records with Gino Vanelli, singing backup vocals on his Pauper In Paradise album in 1977. More recently she recorded some Christmas songs with jazz guitarist Thom Rotella for his Angels of December CD and Joanie's voice is also heard on Reverence, a CD of devotional Indian chants with Jayanti Punja in New Zealand.
Joanie has also been involved with several charity organizations benefiting the health and welfare of children and their families and was a co-spokesperson for The March of Dimes, a mentor with C.A.T.C.H. (Caring Adults Teaching Children How), did a music therapy program with abused girls at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, continues to work with several hospitals through The Pickleberry Pie Very Special Concerts Series and in New Zealand is involved with StarJam (an empowering arts program for young people with disabilities) and facilitates music/movement workshops for "at risk" young mothers and their children through non-profit organizations.
Though Joanie now resides in New Zealand, she continues to tour in the USA and around the world sharing the "magic" of music with children and their families.