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MP3 Eric and Susan Davis - Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies

This CD for parents of infants or toddlers features lullabies written by Classical composers like Brahms, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin arranged for Guitar and Violin.

14 MP3 Songs in this album (26:38) !
Related styles: KIDS/FAMILY: Lullabies, CLASSICAL: Tchaikovsky

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Press Release:
October 31st, 2005

New Children''s CD Proves To Be Intelligent And Enjoyable Listening For Parents And Children.

Listening to some of the music written, produced and packaged for children these days, gives the impression that adults have forgotten just how smart kids are. There are some wonderful exceptions out there, but they are few and far between. Did all of the musicians who didn''t have what it takes to make it in the mainstream industry decide to go into children''s music? If so, that could explain the inane, homogenized music that people produce for kids to listen to that also drives new parents to ban all things purple from their homes! So, when Verdict Records got involved in the children''s music business they decided that kids weren''t stupid and neither were parents.

Verdict Records is releasing its first Lullaby CD for Children of all Ages. "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies" was released nationally on October 11th, 2005 through Sumthing Distribution out of New York. "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies" is a selection of Classical Lullabies written by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schumann and other composers beautifully arranged for guitar and violin and played by Eric and Susan Davis. Parents will be thrilled to find this combination of classical music that we know stimulates a child''s brain cloaked in entrancing melodies that soothe a child to sleep.

Linda Vester of Fox News says, "My daughter, Meredith (age 2), calls ["Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep"] her "cloud music" and simply won''t go to sleep without hearing it each night."

Verdict Records first got the idea of making music for children when Producer and Founder Rod Clemmons'' friends and fellow musicians started to have children. Suddenly, the importance of quality music for children was in the forefront of his mind. Many conversations about the lack of music education in public schools, poor musicianship in the most highly marketed children''s music, and the importance of starting children off with music education at a young age ensued. Then one of his best friends, teacher and singer/songwriter, Dwayne Arvinger asked Rod to produce an Album of songs that he had written for his children. Rod''s first thought was "if I do this, it''s not going to be cheesy", he said. Well, he did it; thus began Verdict Entertainment''s Children''s Music division, https://www.tradebit.com.

Verdict Records'' children''s music artists have amazing credentials both in performance and music education. Eric and Susan Davis, featured on "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies" have been performing as a violin and guitar duo for the past nine years. Eric, awarded the first Masters Degree in guitar from the Juilliard School, has performed both as recitalist and as soloist with orchestra in Europe, South America, as well as throughout the United States. He is comfortable in virtually every style of guitar, and remains an active performer and session musician in the New York area. Susan Davis attended Indiana University as well as the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She is equally at home as a violinist and vocalist having played and sung in classical, jazz and pop music idioms. Both Eric and Susan are music educators on Long Island, New York and are strong advocates for strengthening music programs in our schools. Susan is currently a faculty member of the music department at Smithtown High School West in Long Island recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education and in 2005 was the only school in Suffolk County to receive recognition as a Grammy "Signature School." Susan was recently nominated for inclusion in "Who''s Who among America''s Teachers 2005."

Verdict Records will release "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies" nationally starting with Borders Books and Music on Tuesday, October 11th, 2005 with many live in-store performances by the artists.

For interviews please contact Rene Beauvais at Verdict Records. Ph. 212-591-0072. For more information visit https://www.tradebit.com and its parent company at https://www.tradebit.com.
Susan A. Davis

Susan A. Davis, violinist and vocalist, is passionate about her pursuit of both performance and music education. Susan splits her time by playing violin in a duo with her husband Eric B. Davis, singing backup for singer songwriter Leslie Clemmons, and conducting her Smithtown High School West Orchestra of 125.

Susan has attended notable performance programs at Indiana University and Mannes College of Music in Manhattan. She has been a private student of Camilla Williams, Dan Marek and Donald Caldwell. She received her Bachelor''s Degree from Stony Brook University and her Master''s Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. While at Queens, she was recognized with the Queens College Choral Society Award in Music Education.

As a violinist and vocalist, Susan has had numerous appearances throughout New York and the surrounding area. She has performed as a soloist and in ensembles at the Nat Horne Theatre, Staller Center, New Jersey Opera Institute, Stephen Talkhouse, in multiple Borders Books and Music Stores, at the Book Review in Huntington, LI, and aboard the QE II. She has also performed with the Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra throughout New York City.

Susan is currently a faculty member of the award-winning music department at Smithtown High School West in Long Island. The music program has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Communities for Music Education and in 2005 was the only school in Suffolk County to receive recognition as a Grammy "Signature School." Susan conducts the high school String Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Fiddle Club. She was recently nominated for inclusion in "Who''s Who Among America''s Teachers 2005."

Susan is an active member of NARAS, ASTA, MENC, NYSSMA, LISFA, and SCMEA. As a member of SCMEA she has been chairperson for county festival orchestras. She frequently works as an adjudicator for NYSSMA solo festivals and often volunteers to judge seating at Suffolk County LISFA and SCMEA orchestra festivals. In this way, Susan hopes to pass on her passion for music to the next generation.

Eric B. Davis

Hailed as ''one of the best guitarists of his generation'' by the Trierischer Volksfreund after his European classical debut, guitarist Eric B. Davis is gaining recognition these days for his guitar work in mediums ranging from classical recitals and soloist with orchestra to session work in the areas of pop, rock, country, and Latin. Eric was the first classical guitarist to graduate from The Juilliard School where he earned a Master''s Degree and studied with renowned guitarist Sharon Isbin.
As a classical artist, Eric has performed both solo recitals and chamber music throughout the United States including national tours with recording artists ''Trio Sonata:'' a flute, oboe and guitar trio. In New York he has performed at Weill Hall in concerts of Brazilian music as well as with Ecuadorian guitarist Terry Pazmino; Merkin Hall with members of the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra; Alice Tully Hall with the Partch ensemble and the Juilliard Opera Center orchestra under the direction of Julius Rudel. Eric also performed at Lincoln Center''s ''Focus'' festival, and performed in the United States premiere of Toru Takemitsu''s chamber work ''Valeria.'' As an advocate of new music, he has also commissioned works from American composer Eric Funk and German composer Christian Jost. Internationally he has performed recitals and as soloist with orchestra in Germany, Italy, Spain, Venezuela, and Brazil.
Eric is equally at home with pop/rock styles. He has recorded and/or performed with Lucy Koplansky, Nina Gordon, Jay Emmanuel and Broadway performer CJay Philip. Eric is currently performing and touring with singer Leslie Clemmons. Eric is also a staff guitarist for Verdict Entertainment performing most genres of music on electric, acoustic, and nylon string guitars, as well as doublings on mandolin, banjo, and dobro. Eric also enjoys performing with his wife Susan, a violinist. They recently released their first CD, "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: An Album of Classical Lullabies".

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