On their last album, The Spaceship That Fell in My Backyard, mother-daughter duo Ruth Weber and Emilia Lopez-Yañez took listeners on an adventure with Emilia and her new alien friend, URR. URR returns on this new album to help Emilia and her friends save the beautiful Kokowanda Bay. The theme of working together to make the world a better place that started in Backyard, continues in Kokowanda Bay as Emilia and URR work to teach listeners about the wonders of nature and all the ways that we can work to preserve it.
Kokowanda Bay kicks off with the groovy “Get On Up!” before introducing us to the title track’s island sounds featuring a hook that will have you singing the chorus all day long. We learn how to reuse and recycle in songs like “We’re Goin’ Green” and “Turn It Into Something New” and get information about “The Food Chain” with the help of an old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll jam. Emilia’s voice gets a chance to shine with her solo performance on the gorgeous “Like Magic” that describes the magical way a seed grows and a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
This album truly is a family affair. Ruth’s son Enrico Lopez-Yañez, the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony, helped to co-write and produce the album. His engaging arrangements call to mind the kind of listening experience you get when attending a musical theater production – each song draws you into the story, tugs at your heart, and leaves you wanting more.
Listen to Kokowanda Bay for the messages about friendship and the environment but stay for the fun. Kokwanda Bay is a true ray of sunshine on a cloudy day! Meet Emilia and her alien friend URR in the video for “Who Would Believe It’s True” below.