For those not in the know, Alison Faith Levy, formerly of legendary kindie trailblazers The Sippy Cups, makes a stellar return to the kids’ music scene with her third solo album for families, You Are Magic (out September 3th, 2021).
You Are Magic marks a turning point in Alison Faith Levy’s career, her life, and her message. The album is an upbeat collection of colorful, whimsical, retro-inspired pop songs designed to open a spiritual dialogue for young children and families.
What are the values we choose to live by, and how do we express them? Who are we, and why are we here? How do we connect with others? Where does creativity come from? How do we connect to the natural world? What can we do to make the world a better place?
All those universal questions will obviously resonate with families of all backgrounds and Alison opens up this colorfully vibrant new album with the beautifully sculptured, short but oh-so sweet instrumental Roots & Branches and backs that up with the harmoniously upbeat Turn Around, the finger-snapping, ‘60s beats within the title track You Are Magic, and then we get the gentle blues hipsway of Putting It Back Together (which featuring Alison’s son Henry Plotnick on piano).
Next up is the majestically layered sing-along of Draw which is itself backed by the absolutely brilliant, buoyant and resoundingly early ‘70s-embibed summers breeze of Canopy, before we get the Rockpile-esque The Gift, the album rounding out on the resounding, uplifting Now Is The Moment, coming to a close on the short instrumental book end Leaves & Sky.
This is a concept album, says Alison Faith Levy. I envision You Are Magic as a tree, starting with Roots & Branches, and reaching all the way through Leaves & Sky.
The overarching theme is that our own creative energy, which comes to us naturally, is a reflection of the universe. Everyone has something inside of them that contributes to making the world better, more beautiful, more colorful, more compassionate, more sparkly – more awesome.
I wanted to tell that to the listener in a very direct way!
Often compared to Carole King, Alison Faith Levy says, That works for me! She’s a big influence.
Alison is inspired by the music of the ‘60s and ‘70s: The Beatles, Elton John, psychedelia, folk rock, the British Invasion, and piano singer-songwriters.
In addition to You Are Magic, The Start of Things, and World of Wonder, Alison Faith Levy can be heard on The Sippy Cups’ albums The Time Machine (2009), Electric Storyland (2006), and Kids Rock for Peas (2005).
She also appears on the band’s DVD, Electric Storyland Live at the Great American Music Hall (2007). As one half of McCabe & Mrs. Miller, she is heard on Time for Leaving (2009).
Earlier in her career, Alison released two solo albums for adults and recorded two albums as a member of The Loud Family.
You Are Magic will be available on all digital platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.