June 2018

By Sydney Bozeman

Dance around and enjoy the new happenings going on with alternative kid-friendly band, the Happy Racers. Parents won’t want to miss out on what Nashville Public Radio calls, “a gateway drug to better children’s music.” The group, composed of Nathan Meckel, Mark Niemiec, and Layne Ihde, touch base with their internal goofballs and provide childlike magic for their listeners.

The crew define themselves as
1. A fast-moving, adventurous band, that makes alternative music for kids.
2. An imaginative and accepting state of mind.

The Happy Racers first grasped the attention and imagination of their audience by releasing their indie debut in 2012 called Ready Set Go. Their launch quickly gained popularity when their single, “Lovabye Dragon,” was featured on Sirius XM Radio’s Kids Place Live. This song received substantial airplay on what is known to be one of the country’s most-played radio stations. Barbara M. Joosse’s bestselling children’s book, Lovabye Dragon, inspired the track. Additionally, the band recorded a collection of songs that acted as the soundtrack for the touring musical, also named “Lovabye Dragon.” The Happy Racers’ work in multi-media has aided the band in making a name for themselves.

While providing fast-moving, adventurous music for children, the band will release their new single, “My New Kicks,” on June 4th. The music video, created by a local filmmaker and painter, features hand-painted backdrops. The song will be available in all digital stores (Apple, Amazon, Spotify, etc.) and can also be accessed through the Happy Racers’ website. Likewise, for the rest of the year, the band will release a new song each month.

The music video for “My New Kicks,” becomes available on June 11th. Additionally, the group will perform on June 26th and 27th at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, just outside of Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit the band’s website at www.thehappyracers.com.

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