Kudos to ASCAP Writers Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback for the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award
December 1, 2020
Congratulations to ASCAP songwriters Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback, recipients of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children's Music Award for their lovely lullaby, "It's a Big World."
Renee Stahl has lent her voice and written on many electronica dance tracks with notables Ronski Speed and Bogdan Vix. However, it’s with the young ones and their families that her powerfully soothing vocals have become a household name. Her duo, Renee & Jeremy, has racked up over 4.5 million views on YouTube. Their records are accessible enough to engage young children and are sufficiently cool and sophisticated to inspire parents to play them again and again. They have released four CDs which include It's a Big World and A Little Love. Renee most recently released her single "Until Tomorrow” and has some new treasures that will come out in the new year. She is thrilled to be going back into the studio with Jeremy to record some new tunes.
Jeremy Toback is a writer of poetic incantations as much as songs, a musician who "takes the deeply personal and blasts it into the cosmos, then reverses the process," according to John Payne of the LA Weekly. He wound his way from early Silver Lake days onto Brad’s mysterious 1993 debut, Shame, then released a solo Jeremy Toback EP. He slipped behind the board to produce two alt-country-infected mantra records for Sada Sat Kaur…before resurfacing as half of the alt lullaby duo Renee & Jeremy, beloved by families for the Nick Drake quiet of records like It's a Big World and A Little Love. His new solo work is slowly being born for release in 2021.
Visit Renee & Jeremy online at reneeandjeremy.com
ABOUT THE AWARD
The ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award was established by the family of Joe Raposo to honor his legacy.
Joe Raposo, one of the creators of Sesame Street and its first and longtime musical director, wrote music for such diverse talents as Kermit the Frog, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Dr. Seuss, Barbra Streisand and Cookie Monster. "Sing," "It's Not Easy Bein' Green" and the "Sesame Street Theme" are among the songs to earn Joe five Grammys and multiple gold and platinum albums. Joe was nominated for an Oscar for the music to The Great Muppet Caper, received seven Emmys and was posthumously honored with The Special Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Joe, a graduate of Harvard University, composed for the Broadway stage, film and television. Upon Joe's death in 1989, Charles Kuralt told his CBS News viewers "Joe Raposo taught American's children how to sing…"
The ASCAP songwriter judges for the 2020 competition were Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants/The Presidents of the United States of America), Kay Hanley (Doc McStuffins/Muppet Babies) and Joe and Justin of the Okee Dokee Brothers (who were just nominated for a 2021 Grammy!)