The Jellybeans is a group of eleven girls from Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Jersey City, NJ. They began singing together in the third grade as part of the children's choir. By the fifth grade several of the girls were performing as a solo group outside of the choir and in the sixth grade they added a few more girls and became The Jellybeans.
While in the sixth grade, they recorded their first album, called 'Back in School,' as a fundraising project. The CD contained six songs from their school concerts. It was a low budget production, but it turned out surprisingly good and earned them quite a bit of attention...
The girls were also featured in an 'Artist Spotlight' by The Independent Music Awards (IMAs) in March of 2011 for their album of children's music. According to the IMAs, they are the youngest artists ever so featured, and their 'Back in School' album was accepted to Pandora Radio.
They recorded their second album, 'No Time For A Bad Day,' early in 2011 while in the seventh grade. It was released on September 8, 2011 to kick off their new school year and is very different from their first album.
Now in the eighth grade, The Jellybeans are working on their third album.
No Time for a Bad Day (Available on CD Baby-SRP $10 for the CD or $7 for MP3 download) is a CD full of fun and heartfelt songs that both kids and adults can enjoy.
You can preview the songs on the CD Baby website just as I did, and you'll find several age-appropriate songs that have no explicit lyrics or controversial subjects. The songs are simply enjoyable and sincere.
It's Not Easy Doing What I Do is a song I'm sure many kids of all ages can relate to, and No Time for a Bad Day and One Perfect Moment In Time are sweet, feel-good songs.
There's also a really cute song, Say You Like Me, about young "like" (not "love," since, as they state on their website, they feel they're too young for "love,"), and you can listen to the entire track here.
I think the song has a great vibe to it - sort of a combination of doo-wop and pop.
After listening to just the song snippets, it seems as if the girls are wise beyond their years, but they still know how to have fun like any other kids their age.
It's so inspiring to see these young girls' music careers grow, and I'm sure the songs on their upcoming third CD will be reflective of their growth as both individuals and as a music group.
You can check out The Jellybeans on their website and on Facebook.
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