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Award-winning singer-songwriter essence goldman is proud to present her first-ever children’s album, A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo. This infectious collection of originals and familiar favorites for kids and kids-at-heart began as a gift of love for her son, Rhys, who has been enjoying these lighthearted, humorous tunes since he was born. Instant classics, these ukulele-, guitar- and banjo-laced gems include "T REXXXX!," "Gotta Wear Clothes," "Everybody Has a Butt," "Rocks ‘n Sand," and "Comin to Getcha." essence offers clever and witty songs that promise to entertain as well as educate the little ones and won't make parents want to jump out the window.

“I never set out to make a kid’s record,” essence explains. “It was the furthest thing from my mind. But when I had my son Rhys I needed to find creative ways to engage him in everyday events like taking baths, getting dressed, or wearing a seat belt. For a while I was making up little ditties, and then one day it dawned on me that these were real songs that other kids would enjoy too. At first I was horrified because I wanted to make rock ‘n’ roll music, but what I realized is that I am a songwriter who writes about life and becoming a mom has been the most profound experience – it has changed me forever. I find great satisfaction in capturing the joy I was experiencing with my son in songs. Then everything became a song!”

A Dog Named Moo and His Friend Roo was produced in a grass-roots way: essence’s first album funded solely on the support of her fans on Kickstarter. Most songs were co-written by Jeffrey Pease with illustrations by Alex Conn. The banjo, ukulele, guitars, upright bass and drums were played by instrumentalist extraordinaire Daniel Berkman, who also served as her producer.

In addition to the A Dog Named Moo...CD, she is releasing “T REXXXXX!” as a book; “Everybody Has a Butt” as a smart phone app; and three animated videos (“T REXXXXX!” in claymation, “Everybody Has a Butt”’ and “Yum Yum”).

About essence: essence is a sixth-generation San Francisco native who grew up immersed in music and the arts. Her parents were artists and quintessential flower children from Haight-Ashbury, hence her given name is spelled with a lowercase e. She traveled extensively, lived in Africa and Europe and went to 14 schools before fifth grade. Upon graduating from college, essence signed to a division of MCA Records. In 1998, she won the National Lilith Fair Talent Search (5,000 entries). essence was then signed to RCA Records for three years and worked with producer Bill Bottrell (Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow). With producer Garth May, she completed her critically acclaimed Mariposa record. Subsequently she signed with Or Music (Los Lonely Boys, Matisyahu) out of Manhattan. essence produced Feels Like the Future independently in 2009 which led to her winning the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest (15,000 entries), and second place in the International Songwriting Contest (2010). The title track was prominently placed on Access Hollywood, and essence was interviewed and featured on the nationally syndicated “Art of the Song” (240 NPR affiliated stations).

essence has opened for Jason Mraz, Shawn Colvin, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Steve Miller, and Linda Perry. essence’s voice and style have been compared to Jewel, Dolly Parton, and Patty Griffin. Her key inspirations are Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Willie Nelson. Billboard magazine describes essence as “a singer, who, like Madonna, isn’t afraid to take musical chances.”