Alison Faith Levy is a beloved children's performer, bandleader, composer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was an original member of nationally renowned children's band The Sippy Cups, writing many of their hit songs.
After spending five years criss-crossing the country as songwriter, keyboardist and lead singer for The Sippy Cups, performing in such venues such as Symphony Space in NYC, Lollapalooza, House of Blues, Central Park Summerstage and Austin City Limits, Alison Faith Levy took a brief break from performing for children and found success with her "grown-up" Americana band, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, with songwriting partner Victor Krummenacher (of Camper Van Beethoven).
Alison missed performing for children, however, and started up a music time at a local bookstore. She began writing new songs for the kids, and word spread quickly. Within a few months the place was packed to the rafters every week and she started booking performances at libraries, museums, music venues and outdoor festivals.
She enlisted the help of her friend, songwriter and bandleader of lush indie popsters The Orange Peels - producer Allen Clapp. Together they took the new batch of songs and crafted their perfect album for children, World of Wonder, playing practically every instrument on the album themselves and mining their collective encyclopedic knowledge of pop music for production touchstones.
Since the release of World of Wonder, Alison has played hundreds of shows for families throughout Northern California and beyond, with her Big Time Tot Rock band. In addition, she developed her own “Big Time Tot Rock” curriculum for teaching music to toddlers and preschoolers, which has grown to include preschools and community centers all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
Next came The Start of Things - a giant leap forward both sonically and conceptually, incorporating her recent experiences as a music specialist in the preschool classroom, and bringing a whole new batch of sophisticated pop songs to little ears. Weaving throughout the upbeat, lush tunes are subtle themes of self-expression, self-empowerment and self-acceptance. The songs were inspired by her young students and their quirky takes on life, and many of the melodies and lyrics came to her in the pre-dawn hours, when her songwriting muse would wake up long before the alarm, ready to sing a quick voice memo into the phone before driving her son to school.
In addition to writing and recording The Start of Things, Alison adapted World of Wonder into a full-length stage musical for families, and has worked as a resident composer for StageWrite, a Bay Area nonprofit which teaching playwriting to elementary-age students, culminating in a professionally produced musical theater production at the Brava Theatre Center in San Francisco.
Alison is currently the PTBE Tots Program Coordinator at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, managing all their young family programs, while putting the finishing touches on on her third album for children and families, entitled "You Are Magic," due for a Fall 2020 release. She is also a Legacy Fellow at Hebrew College, pursuing a Masters in Jewish Education. She graduates in June, 2020.
Alison is married to Danny Plotnick, a filmmaker, author, and professor. Their 18-year old son, Henry Plotnick, is a jazz pianist, and is a freshman at The New School in New York City.