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“Up and Over the Moon! Giggle, Dance and Cuddle Songs for the Very Young by Debbie Carroll is that rare treasure: a compilation that is specifically for the littlest people but so beautifully executed that grown-ups will love it too. Just try to keep your toddler’s feet on the ground- just try to keep your […]

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From the mailbox

“Your material has been a huge hit with the preschoolers that I work with daily.”  Jennifer, Toronto

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School Library Journal

“Canadian Debbie Carroll’s latest recording is true to its title.  Borrowing themes from nature and family, each song is presented professionally with accompaniment on instruments such as the mandolin, Celtic harp, fiddle, and hurdy-gurdy that enhances the pieces.  Her mature voice on the 19 tracks provides a calmness to each song.  Among the guest performers […]

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CBC Radio Interview: Fresh Air

Debbie Carroll, Mary Ito and Tannis Slimmon in the Fresh Air (CBC Radio One) Studio, Toronto Sunday, January 24, 7:30 AM on CBC Radio’s Fresh Air,  Debbie Carroll and Tannis Slimmon were interviewed by Mary Ito on the topic of house concerts. You can now hear the interview right here on Debbie’s website; just click below […]

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Bram Morrison

“One of the most difficult challenges in songwriting is to create a new song that has that feeling of well-worn and comfortable familiarity that so many old folk songs possess. This wonderful collection of old and old-feeling new songs is perfect for young children and their families. Debbie Carroll and her musical friends have created […]

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Parents’ Choice Foundation

“Toddlers and preschoolers – and their favorite grown-ups – will want to swing and sway, dance, bunny hop, swoop, soar and march like an elephant to this generous helping of 26 playful folk tunes, sunnily presented by early childhood music teacher Debbie Carroll. Joined by other accomplished musicians, Carroll accompanies her light soprano on Celtic […]

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From a Mom of three

“Debbie Carroll’s latest CD Simply Beautiful is just that. It has a refreshing sound that has our whole family singing and dancing. We take great pleasure in trying to identify the different instruments, from the tuba in Jack Jingle to the bell in Sing Me To Sleep. The album has piqued our five-year old’s curiosity […]

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Jean Ritchie

“Your music is so light and lovely… that even a Great-Granny cannot resist it!” Jean Ritchie performer

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Wholenote Magazine

“25 years ago musical entertainment for children was almost a Canadian industry. Streaming through the door that was opened by Raffi and blown in by Sharon, Lois and Bram came a whole procession of artists with a whole stack of accompanying record albums. They weren’t all great, but Debbie Carroll is the equal of the […]

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My three-year old grandson and I love this music

My three-year old grandson and I love this music. I “stroll” or rock him to sleep to it, and he sings along sweetly with “Simply Beautiful.” My favorite is Red-Winged Blackbird. We also love another Debbie Carroll CD, “Up and Over the Moon.” Enjoying this music with him will always be among my happiest memories.  […]

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Letter from Michael Jerome Browne

Debbie Dancing in a Field of Flowers by Lucie Esperanza Browne Markus Dear Debbie, When we put Simply Beautiful on in the car for the first time, our 2 year-old Delia, fell asleep promptly, and our 4 1/2 year-old, Lucie, was totally silent for the duration of the CD. This is unusual for her.  Hours later she was […]

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Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Public Library

Hi Debbie, I have been using your “Simply Beautiful” CD in my three libraries; Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield, Ontario Stories & Music program this past year and find that the kids really love your music. I especially like playing “Love is like Glue” which has such a beautiful sentiment expressed and it always raises the […]

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Detroit Free Press

“A lovely collection of songs and rhymes for very young children to listen and move to. You might even, without any kids around, find yourself singing (and dancing to) the catchy “Elephants Marching.” If anyone notices, try to act cool.” Marty Kohn, Detroit Free Press

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Music Nest review from Claire

Hi Debbie – Thank you for offering your Music Nest program here in Goderich at the East Street Train Station. My son and I have adored the time we spent with you in music class and look forward to singing along with your CDs at home. The families of Goderich are very lucky to have […]

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Kathy Reid-Naiman for Eensy Weensy

Children and the adults who teach and care for them will rejoice with Debbie Carroll’s first book – ‘The Eeensy Weensy Book of Little Fingerplays!’ This is a valuable collection of new and relatively unknown rhymes and songs from a woman who has spent her life working and playing with children. Debbie has chosen 12 […]

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From an Arnprior librarian

Hi Debbie, Thank you again for a great workshop. The next day I taught my visiting grade 1s the creaky door song – “I SHUT THE DOOR”. Apparently they sang it all the way back to their school (a 5 block hike!). I used it again with my pre-cshool program on Halloween. We sang it […]

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Melinda and her daughter sing along

Hi Debbie: My 1-month old daughter and I love your 2 CDs – they are becoming a part of our morning routine and I know that as she gets older she will enjoy them even more as we can both sing along together! MELINDA

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Niagara Falls kids like Debbie!

Debbie, We gave your ‘Simply Beautiful’ CD to our three grandchildren in Niagara Falls. We get constant information of them listening again and again to the songs. So there you have it – Grade A approval because, first, they’re 4 to 8 years of age; two, they are our grandchildren. Congratulations! DOUG & LOUISE

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2007 Parents’ Choice Awards

Simply Beautiful has won a 2007 Parents’ Choice Award! Parents’ Choice award-winning musicians and storytellers share a common bond; they know what it takes to grab and keep a child’s attention. Those who write original songs and stories deliver intelligent, inventive lyrics; they craft and tell a captivating story, in words and music. They create […]

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2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination

 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards nomination! Simply Beautiful was nominated for a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Children’s Album! This award recognizes solo artists, groups or duos with a repertoire that is obviously directed towards youth. The winners were announced at the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Québec on December 1, 2007.  Congratulations […]

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Invest In Kids

“It’s absolutely wonderful. The instrumentation is gorgeous… I love how different songs put the spotlight on various instruments – jaw harp, hurdy-gurdy, bells. Honestly, listening to many of the tunes made me feel like clapping my hands, or dancing around. The whole CD has such a nice feel, and a really appealing playful quality. I […]

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From Bram

“Another wonderful collection from Debbie Carroll and her musical friends… perfect for young children and their families!” Bram of Sharon, Lois & Bram

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Magoo

“A fine collection of new and traditional tunes for young children and their parents to share. The arrangements, featuring a dizzying variety of instruments, are perfectly suited to the songs and serve to highlight Debbie’s strong, clear voice. This is gentle music that is genuine, heartfelt and will stand the test of many, many playings.” […]

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