In A HeartbeatFall 2014 Music
Laura Doherty is children's recording artist and award-winning producer whose past works include Kids in the City (2009) and Shining Like a Star (2011). Originally from Westchester, NY, she came to Chicago after college, and soon became the director of the early-childhood Wiggleworms program in the esteemed Old Town School. Laura's new CD In a Heartbeat is a 13-song collection of upbeat acoustic folk-pop. Doherty keenly observes what young children most love, distilling it into simple, melodic songs that are inherently fun to sing. From the opening sweetness of "I'm A Little Fish," and the instantly familiar "Bicycle," through to the swinging tale of the "Jazzasaurus" and the syncopated country of "Heartbeat," Doherty displays her mastery of songcraft. She can wax lyrical and melodic, as in the lovely tale of "Butterfly," or rock out on the funky "Drumkit." She even ventures into world music with the "Domingo the Flamingo" rumba, bluegrass with the slinky "Breakfast Gives Me Energy," and jazz guitar on the classic "Paper Moon." The album ends with a rocking little version of Robert Guidry's "See You Later Alligator," with additional and fun words and movement directions. Doherty gets support from a skilled band, including Andrew Wilkins on bass, vocalist Cat Tager, Michael Riendeau playing drums and percussion, lead guitarist Rob Newhouse, and producer Rich Rankin on percussion and mandolin.