Acclaimed singer-songwriter essence is proud to present her award winning first-ever children’s album, ‘A Dog Named Moo”.
This collection of heartfelt, witty and imaginative songs started out as a gift of love for her son Rhys, who has been enjoying these light-hearted tunes his mom’s been singing to him since he was born. essence offers clever and witty songs that promise to entertain as well as educate the little ones and won’t make parents want to jump out the window. These catchy ukulele, guitar, and banjo-laced tunes include: ‘T REXXXX!’, ‘Everybody Has A Butt’, ‘Socks On My Ears’ “Rocks n’ Sand” and ‘Comin’ to Getcha.”
“I never set out to make a kid’s record,” essence explains. “It was the furthest thing from my mind but when I had my son Rhys – I needed to find creative ways to engage him in everyday events like taking baths, getting dressed, or wearing a seat belt. For awhile I was making up little ditties and then one day it dawned on me that these were real songs that other families would enjoy too.
The record was produced in a grassroots way, essence’s first album funded solely on the support of her fans on Kickstarter. essence proved that making a popular album does not require a huge outlay of her own money. Through Kickstarter she reached out to her community asking if they would help fund her project by pre-ordering the album. With the support of her friends and fans she was able to raise twenty thousand dollars allowing this project to be realized. Most songs were co-written by Jeffrey Pease with illustrations by Alex Conn. The banjo, ukulele, guitars, upright bass and drums were played by instrumental extraordinaire and producer, Daniel Berkman. essence credits her management consultant Dick Wingate (Bruce Springsteen, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello) and her ultimate inspiration, her son. In addition to the ‘A Dog Named Moo’ CD, she is currently creating ‘T REXXX!’ as a book, ‘Everybody Has a Butt’ as a smart phone app, and three animated videos (‘T REXXXX!’ in claymation, ‘Everybody Has a Butt’ and ‘Yum Yum!’)
Billboard Magazine describes essence as “a singer, who, like Madonna, isn’t afraid to take musical chances.” A sixth generation San Francisco native, her parents were quintessential flower children from Haight-Ashbury, hence her name spelled with a lowercase e. She traveled extensively, lived in Africa and Europe and went to 14 schools before fifth grade. Upon graduating from college, essence signed to a division of MCA Records. In 1998, she won The National Lilith Fair Talent Search (5,000 entries). essence was then signed to RCA records for three years and worked with producer Bill Bottrell (Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow). With producer Garth May, she completed her critically acclaimed ‘Mariposa’ record. Subsequently she signed with Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu) out of Manhattan. essence produced ‘Feels Like The Future’ independently in 2009 which lead to winning the grand prize for the Great American Song Contest (15,000 entries), and second place in the International Song Writing Contest (2010). The title track was prominently featured on ‘Access Hollywood,’ and several songs played live and recorded on the nationally syndicated ‘Art of the Song’ (240 NPR affiliated stations).
essence has opened for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, Linda Perry and Tom Petty. essence’s voice and style has been compared to Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, and Patty Griffin. Her key inspirations are Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.