Children's Indie-Acoustic Songwriter - Al Start
Hailing from Brighton UK, acoustic singer-songwriter Al Start has made quite a name for herself on the vibrant UK music scene. Both as a solo performer and with her fantastic folk-happy acoustic band.
“Some girls are just born to perform.” DIVA
With great musicality and powerful performances, this BIMM graduate has toured extensively across the UK and USA. From London’s UCL Bloomsbury and Mean Fiddler, to Glasgow’s mighty Barrowland via Liverpool’s Cavern Club back to Brighton Dome…across to New York’s Rockwood Music Hall.
In 2007 Al took a side-step into children’s music. Combining 25 year’s experience of working with children with her personable live performances, this has been the most exciting and rewarding career move to date. Collaborating with and writing for the likes of Glyndebourne, Rhythmix, Sing Up & The Dome, touring musical shows and gigs to festivals, venues and schools. She leads singing assemblies, runs music & songwriting clubs and even teaches ukulele. Al has found a whole new enthusiastic audience...
“The songs have great tunes” “I like that the songs are different from other songs” “She puts funny bits in!” “I like it because it’s nice when everyone sings together” “Singing Assembly is really exciting, it wakes me up!”
In 2015 she set up children’s music company Go Kid Music whilst studying business on Natwest’s Entrepreneur Accelerator. This led to developing GKM’s online platform with music clubs and courses for schools and families. Al’s children’s songs are well crafted, full of sign language, humour and are creating a buzz across the UK and beyond.
Reception Teacher: “We really like the range of songs; the children like the signs and are amazed by her voice. Songs are very appropriate, fun and very exciting for the children. 10 out of 10 for effort and enthusiasm, Al!”
With a superb back-catalogue of children’s albums, this year sees her 10th studio album release, Robot. Al is breaking stereotypes in children’s music and her skilful writing style appeals to music-lovers of all ages. Upbeat acoustic meets melodic songwriter - imagine Jack Johnson and Aimee Mann’s cool baby!
Inclusion is at the heart of everything. Al is known for ‘sing and sign for big kids'! Her educational songs are providing schools with exceptional creative learning resources, enabling them to bring singing into everyday teaching.
Al’s primary school songbooks “Sing! Play! Learn! with Go Kid Music” published by HarperCollins take this idea further with a wide range of popular key stage one and two curriculum topics sung and signed on interactive video with all the teaching resources.
Contact Al: email@example.com
Phone: 07808 269780
Facebook & Twitter: @gokidmusic
“What a lovely voice Al Start has, and I love the way she uses real instruments to accompany her songs” - Julia Donaldson (children's author)
— Julia Donaldson