Sharon & Randi Announce Specs For Livestream Event

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Family entertainers Sharon Hampson and Randi Hampson will hold a live streaming concert this month.

The duo will hold the event, dubbed “Skinnamarink with Sharon and Randi, with special guest…Bram!” 7 p.m. ET on Aug. 27.  Scheduled to join the group for the performance is a variety of figures, such as Bram’s brother Jeff, Randi’s boyfriend Jim, and her sons Ethan and Elijah.

The first-time event, which is ticketed, is an interactive performance.  It will allow audiences to interact and sing along with the performers.

Tickets for the event are available here.  Everyone who buys tickets will be entered in a contest for a Sharon, Lois & Bram prize package as well or a personal Zoom meeting with Sharon and Randi.

Sharon Hampson said in a recent interview, she is looking forward to the forthcoming livestream.

“We love and miss singing with our audiences,” she said. “The sound of families singing together and the expressions of delight on the faces of the parents as they share the music brings us deep satisfaction. “We are thrilled to have this chance to once again see those smiling faces singing along with favourite tunes, old and new.”

Randi Hampson added to Sharon’s comments with her own words.

“We are so excited to have the chance to connect virtually for this family concert,” she said. “We’re especially excited that Bram is coming out retirement to sing with us!”

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Sharon & Bram And Friends Debut Video For Updated Cover Of ‘Talk About Peace’

Family entertainers Sharon & Bram are doing their part to help spread the message about peace, love and unity.

The duo recently took part in recording an updated cover of Joe Hampson’s song ‘Talk About Peace’ and companion video, which premiered Tuesday.  Recorded using Zoom, the video features an appearance by figures, such as  Hampson’s widow Sharon Hampson (Sharon & Bram), as well as his and Sharon Hampson’s daughter Randi, comedian Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Josh Lovelace (NEEDTOBREATHE) and the Canadian family music duo Splash ‘N Boots.

Platinum Circle Media Founder Jacy Dawn Valeras produced the video for the new, updated take of ‘Talk About Peace.’

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Sharon & Bram featured the song’s updated take on the duo’s latest album, the Juno-nominated Sharon & Bram and Friends.  The song featured on the duo’s record featured updated lyrics that were crafted by Randi Hampson.  The original song was used in an episode of Sharon, Lois & Bram’s TV show The Elephant Show.

Hampson talked about taking part in the song’s update in a recent interview.

“In times like these, one of the best things we can do is, as the song says, ‘talk about love, talk about peace, and talk about a world full of happiness,'” she said. “With the state of the world right now, we feel this song, with its universal message of hope, needs to be sung more than ever and turned into action.”

Joe Hampson was a member of the Canadian folk music group The Travellers for more than 40 years.  He died in 2006.

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Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra’s New Family Music Album “Directs” The Way In This Year’s Top Family Music Albums List

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Family Music, otherwise known to most audiences as children’s music, is one of the most underrated genres in the musical universe.  The genre often-times gets a very bad reputation due to stereotypes created by audiences who are less educated than others about said genre.  Those who are more educated know that the world of Family Music offers perhaps more variety and originality than any mainstream genre.  The variety of albums released in this year’s field of Family Music albums clearly supports that statement.  From the Lincoln Center Orchestra performing its own surprisingly enjoyable takes on classic children’s songs, to the distinct presentation of Paul Winter Consort to even a Backstreet Boy’s own unique Family Music debut, this year’s field of new Family Music records has proven once again that said genre deserves far more respect than it gets.  That is why Phil’s Picks does its best each year to delve into that genre.

The Lincoln Center Orchestra tops this year’s list of new Family Music albums with its new recording Jazz For Kids.  It is just one of the interesting releases this year that the whole family will enjoy.  The Paul Winter Consort’s latest album can be considered not only Family Music, but possibly even World Music in its own right.  Former Backstreet Boy Howie D. offered one more of the year’s biggest surprises with his debut Family Music album, making it worthy in its own right on addition to this year’s list of top new Family Music albums.  It is joined by many others.  In fact, the list features the 10 top new Family Music albums along with five honorable mentions for a total of 15 titles.  noting again the variety of content featured across the Family Music genre, it made arranging this list anything but easy, but the final list here is that final choice.  Without any further ado here is this year’s Phil’s Picks Top 10 Family Music Albums.



  1. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis — Jazz For Kids
  2. Thank You, Mr. Rogers — Music & Memories
  3. Diana Panton — A Cheerful Little Earful
  4. Paul Winter Consort & Friends — Everybody Under The SunVoices of Solstice — Volume 1
  5. The Shazzbots — Light Speed
  6. Howie D. — Which One Am I?
  7. Dog on Fleas — I’m An Optimist
  8. Johnette Downing with Scott Billington — Swamp Romp
  9. Moozika! — Moove to the Mouzika
  10. Sharon & Bram: Sharon & Bram and Friends
  11. Parker & Alexander — All Of UsBible Songs For Everyone
  12. Jesse Jukebox — Awesome
  13. The Laurie Berkner Band — Waiting for the Elevator
  14. Camille Harris — Baby on the Subway
  15. Again Again — Listen Love Repeat

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