different trend, since Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and other prominent rockers began recording and performing music especially for children.
One such group, the Michigan-based Verve Pipe, is now rockin' for a second generation--the kids of the fans who first flocked to their shows and bought their CDs by the millions in the Nineties. After recording a number of highly acclaimed albums for indie labels and RCA, the band released their first CD for children two years ago and have since been performing regularly for kids and families, in addition to their ongoing touring for adult audiences.
Their A Family Album grew out of an invitation to write and record a children's song for a compilation album entitled Calling All Kids. After writing one song, the band's songwriters, Brian Vander Ark and Donny Brown, found themselves on a roll and soon realized they had an album's worth of songs for the preteen set.