Last night, singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb took home her first Grammy Award for Best Children’s Album. A shock, no doubt, to everybody watching who only knows Loeb from her breakthrough hit “Stay (I Missed You)” in the mid-1990s, a song famously featured in the film Reality Bites. Turns out, while Loeb went on to release several albums in the late 90s and early 2000s, she reunited with a singing friend from college in 2003 to create Catch the Moon, her first kid’s music album. Flash forward to last night and her late-2016 release Feel What U Feel wins a Grammy, officially establishing her as one of the best artists in the often-overlooked world of kid’s music.
Over the last 15 years, Loeb has actually released five other children’s albums and was able to set herself apart from other artists in the genre with her thoughtful lyrics and fun melodies. As a mother of two kids, she speaks often about her appreciation of quality music for kids, which she believes should be just as appealing to adults.
“If someone were to write the song “I Want to Teach the World to Sing” today, that would most likely end up being labeled a kids song,” Loeb told Billboard in an interview. “But it’s really just a song that universally connects with audiences of all ages.”
In fact, Loeb still plays shows for her non-kid fans sometimes and has even tried to incorporate some of her kid’s music into her concerts. She admits that sometimes people don’t like it but believes that’s only because of the negative stereotypes that come with kid’s music.
“I do get some pushback sometimes for playing something that is identified as a kids song at a grownup show, but it tends to be some serious artsy type upset that they heard something silly,” Loeb explains. “Simple songs may be designed for kids to enjoy them, but there is an importance to performing something that everyone can enjoy.”
Loeb is hardly the first artist to make the transition into kid’s music later in life, but her Grammy win shows that few have made the switch with this level of success. No matter what she chooses to do next, we hope Loeb will continue to make great music that adults and kids can equally enjoy. Although, if we’re being selfish, it would be pretty awesome to see her team up with Rafi and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo for the greatest supergroup kid’s album ever made.