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Children Intro


Great Music For Children

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Children Intro


Great Music For Children

Stephen Michael Schwartz

Musical performer and composer Stephen Michael Schwartz is known to children and their parents across the nation as one third of the phenomenally popular musical group, PARACHUTE EXPRESS. In existence for over twenty-five years, PARACHUTE EXPRESS has twelve award winning albums to their credit and are known as the musical backbone of the internationally established Gymboree Play and Music Program. Unbeknownst to most, Stephen Michael Schwartz is also a show business veteran who began his career at the age of twelve. Stephen has been featured both on TV and in film as well as has many musical composing and producer projects to his credit. As an actor Stephen starred in his own half hour series on NBC, “Please Stand By”. As a songwriter Stephen’s compositions have appeared in numerous films and TV shows (“Grumpy Old Men”, Stephen Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” and the popular children’s animated series, “JAY JAY THE JET PLANE”) and his songs have been performed by such diverse artists as Barry Manilow, Ben Harper, & Trace Adkins.

I believe, with no doubt, that without Stephen’s voice and melodies passing through my ears in the early years of my life, I would have an entirely different set of dreams. His music was the soundtrack to my childhood and I can’t imagine a better way to learn about love, family, and bedtime than through his voice! He’s a GENIUS!
— Kevin McHale - Actor, cast of "GLEE"

The LA PArent Magazine Interview:

The Globe-Trotting Musical Life of

Stephen Michael Schwartz

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Bucket Of Wow


BUCKET OF WOW!

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Bucket Of Wow


BUCKET OF WOW!

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BUCKET OF WOW!

the third solo album by Stephen Michael Schwartz proves once and again why he is considered by parents, pre-schoolers and peers, to be among the elite singer/songwriters in the specialized genre of, "children's music". 


BUCKET OF WOW! features Stephen's exceptional ability to capture, in a song, the joys of life, the gratitude of living and a sincere understanding of a child's perspective of the world around them. 


Once again Stephen has teamed up with the brilliant Christopher Rhyne as co-producer, arranger and engineer, to take these beautifully crafted compositions and elevate them to great heights...but not too high that a child can't reach up and take hold of their own Bucket Of Wow!

Tillywig Award Winner 2016

Bucket of Wow! is an upbeat children’s music CD filled with playful songs about life’s wonderful moments, big and small. Award-winning music artist Stephen Michael Schwartz has created a charming delight from start to finish.
— Midwest Book Review
Beautifully crafted songs with elegant production and heartfelt-embracing vocals touched my cold heart and made me Breathe Again – Just like Toni Braxton in 1993. I don’t review many albums these days – I thought I had writer’s block but found out I’m just lazy. I could tell you how cool each song is but that is too much work. Get this CD. Cherish it because your children will love it and you will be a verified Rock Star Parent for buying it. Bottom line and at the end of the day (cliche’ alert), it’s just that good…here it comes…a double !! Available at KidzMusic.com.
— John Wood (KidzMusic.com)

Click Above to view the 12 page CD booklet for Bucket of Wow!

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Songs From The Sandbox


Songs From The Sandbox

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Songs From The Sandbox


Songs From The Sandbox

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SONGS FROM THE SANDBOX

vividly illustrates what Stephen does best – crafting memorable melodies (“Wrap Me Up In Yellow”), spinning whimsical tales (“Kitty Walks A Tightrope”) and leaving us with unforgettable characters filled with wit and fancy (“Owney’s Song”). Seamlessly melding Stephen "the songwriter" with Stephen "the performer", this collection of musical styles takes us from a New Orleans romp (“Statues Dance”) to be-bop jazz (“Alligator Pie”) to a Danny Kaye-like story (“Kitty Walks A Tightrope”).  Two of his best compositions, “Wrap Me Up In Yellow” and “Dinosaur Hunt”, were originally written for the hit PBS television series, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE,  and reappear on this latest release performed the way Stephen originally envisioned them. 

Songs From the Sandbox stands alone from other children’s albums. Stephenʼs warm vocals and intricate musical patterns sound like they could be from a Broadway musical for kids; the quality is exceptional. His stories and music collaboratively tell funny anecdotes that will interest kids, from the world’s worst dog to a tightrope-strutting feline. “Dinosaur Hunt” explores big and baby dinos, and the jazzy “Alligator Pie” is an ode to scaly bread, cake, and pie. This album is a perfect soundtrack for playtime.
— Common Sense Media
Stephenʼs rich smooth voice is versatile enough to handle several musical styles. Lively and upbeat, this album will appeal to the entire family.
— School Library Journal
Stephen Michael Schwartz has been making some of the best kid’s music you’ll ever hear and this album is no exception
— Rob Minkoff - Director of “The Lion King”, “Stuart Little”
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When You Wish Upon A Song


When You WIsh Upon A Song
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When You Wish Upon A Song


When You WIsh Upon A Song
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WHEN YOU WISH UPON A SONG

Is a collection of disney songs loved by adults and children alike.
"Imagine being set loose in a candy shop and told you can pick out any ten of your favorite sweets. What would you choose? That’s what this project was like for me. In this case, the ‘candy shop’ was the Disney music catalogue featuring some of the best-loved songs ever written,” says Stephen.

As one reviewer DESCRIBEs, "Stephen Delivers this gem with elegant simplicity."

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Jay Jay The Jetplane


Jay Jay

The Jet plane

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Jay Jay The Jetplane


Jay Jay

The Jet plane

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JAY JAY THE JET PLANE

Not only can Stephen’s songs be heard on the popular animated television series for PBS, JAY JAY THE JET PLANE, but Stephen wrote and sings the title theme and penned most of the songs featured in daily episodes

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Owney


Tales From The Rails

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Owney


Tales From The Rails

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Tales From the rails

Stephen teams up with Trace Adkins and the Smithsonian Institute for  

“TALES FROM THE RAILS”, the true story of Owney, the Postal mascot.

The adventures of Owney, a scruffy mutt who became the unofficial Railway Post Office mascot in the 1890s, are narrated through contemporary eyes and based on primary sources with a dash of imagination. Never before has Owney’s story come to life in such an entertaining way, combining narration and a musical soundtrack featuring Trace Adkins. 

Owney: Tales From The Rails was co-written and directed by accomplished Disney veteran Jerry Rees, complemented by world-class illustrations by Fred Cline and features music written and produced by award-winning children’s entertainment architect, Stephen Michael Schwartz, with underscore composed and mixed by Chris Rhyne.

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Parachute Express


PARACHUTE EXPRESS
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Parachute Express


PARACHUTE EXPRESS
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Parachute Express

is a band of three California-based entertainers who perform, write and produce music for children. Members are Stephen Michael Schwartz, Janice Hubbard and Donny Becker. Parachute Express gained national prominence as recording artists for Gymboree Play & Music, Walt Disney Records, and Trio Lane Records. They sing the theme song to the popular television series Jay Jay The Jet Plane and have been seen on TV shows Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. Rocks and Disney's Kaleidoscope Concerts. Their music is featured in thousands of Gymboree franchises throughout the world, as well as in preschools, daycare centers and early education programs.

Parachute Express created a total of twelve albums to date, selling over half a million units. In the early 1990s Parachute Express recorded for Walt Disney Records under the Music Box Artist Series. Since 1998 the trio has its own label, Trio Lane Records. Many of their albums have won national awards including NAPPA awards, the Film Advisory Board Award, an Indie Award, a Toy of The Year Award, and several times the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Their video Come Sing With Us! won the Parents Choice Video Award and an International Monitor Award. They have been voted "Best Group" by the American Academy of Children's Entertainment. Their long list of honors further includes featured performers at the 42nd and 43rd Presidential Inaugural Festivities, performing their "poetic anthem" We The Children. This song was included in the Presidential library by then First Lady Hillary Clinton. They performed half a dozen times at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the lawn of the White House. Parachute Express has toured China, performing in Nanjing, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

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Don't Blink


Don't Blink

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Don't Blink


Don't Blink

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DON’T BLINK

marks the 10th original recording written, produced and performed by PARACHUTE EXPRESS.  Stephen, along with his partners, Donny Becker and Janice Hubbard have garnered some of the most prestigious awards and accolades achievable in the field of children's entertainment. This Album may well be their best recording yet. Selections include a broad range of styles guaranteed to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes. Take a listen to the big band beat of “Razz-ma-Tazz”, the enchanting Brazilian “Let’s Go”, and the undeniably “catchy” “Chicken Pox Party”. As the title song suggests, “Don’t blink or you’ll miss a moment like this!”

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Doctor Looney's Remedy


Doctor Looney's Remedy
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Doctor Looney's Remedy


Doctor Looney's Remedy
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Doctor Looney's Remedy

Featuring Their Well-known Anthem, "We The Children" and the title song "Doctor Looney's Remedy" This High Energy assortment of multi-cultural infectious songs has received the indie award, the nappa gold award, and the film advisory board award for audio excellence  

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Who's Got A Hug


Who's Got A Hug
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Who's Got A Hug


Who's Got A Hug
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Who's Got A hug?

These thirteen toe-tapping treats

originally produced for the Gymboree Play Program

including some of Parachute Express' very best such as

"MY OLD JALOPY", "TOO HAPPY TO SIT" and "HIDE AND SEEK"

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Friends Forever Friends


Friends Forever Friends

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Friends Forever Friends


Friends Forever Friends

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Friends Forever Friends

Made exclusively for Gymboree, one of the best albums ever!

Features the fun songs, "IKO, IKO", "THE STRAW", and "A MIND OF HIS OWN".

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Happy To Be Here


Happy To Be Here
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Happy To Be Here


Happy To Be Here
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Happy To Be Here

A rollicking collection of high spirited songs...includes the popular classic, "POLKA DOTS, CHECKS, AND STRIPES", "HI-5-IOUS", and "SMOOTH MOVIN' BOOGIE EXPRESS"

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Over Easy


Over Easy


Over Easy

Quiet songs for quiet times!

A beautiful selection of original Parachute Express lullabies to help calm and soothe young children.

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Sunny Side Up


Sunny Side Up
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Sunny Side Up


Sunny Side Up
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SUNNY SIDE UP

Uniquely original songs to stimulate a child's imagination!

Includes the favorites, "BIRTHDAY CAKE", "DOO-WACKA-DOO" and "BUTTERFLY"
 

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Circle Of Friends


Circle Of Friends

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Circle Of Friends


Circle Of Friends

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Circle Of Friends

A musical journey for the whole family!

Featuring the classics, "WALKIN' IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD",

"WHEN YOU COME OVER TO MY HOUSE", and "WHEN I BUILD MY HOUSE".

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Feel The Music


Feel The Music
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Feel The Music


Feel The Music
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Feel The music

Rousing rhythms and soothing melodies.

Winner of the Parents' Choice Gold Award.

Includes the hits, "WHO AM I?" and the beautiful ballad, "THESE HANDS".

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Shakin' It


Shakin' It
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Shakin' It


Shakin' It
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Shakin' It

A delightful collection of original music for the very young.

The first album ever made by Parachute Express.

it's a classic and their biggest seller!