Austin-based Charlie Faye began her musical journey singing and playing guitar and mandolin in Dan Zane & Friends. Since those early beginnings, she has branched out and toured as a solo artist as well as creating unique collaborations like Charlie Faye and the Fayettes. Following the birth of her daughter and the end of the pandemic, Charlie launched Charlie Faye & The Fanimals, a collaborative group of musical powerhouses who have joined Charlie in creating music for kids that has as Motown sound and the heart and soul of the music of the 1960s.
Charlie Faye & The Fanimals’ self-titled album won’t be released until July 21, but today, I’m excited to help debut the first single from the album, “7 Days of Fun.” From the first downbeat of the drums, listeners will want to move and grove to this tune, a fantastic retro romp that breathes joy and excitement into every day of the week. Take a listen below.
As I’m sure you’re aware, May is Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month. In celebration of the month and in honor of her Filipina American heritage, Little Miss Ann released her newest EP, Dim Sum for Everyone on April 28. This trio of songs is a joyful reflection on Little Miss Ann’s Asian American identity. The EP kicks off with the title track, a tale that regales the excitement of a family going to Chinatown to eat Dim Sum for brunch. The delicious meal is followed by an ode to that timeless activity where everyone gets to be a superstar – “Karaoke.” The collection then closes out with an earworm of a tune, “Ube 2.0” on which Little Miss Ann is joined by Kymberly Stewart to sing the praises of the exotic purple yam. Skillfully repeating lyrics will keep listeners singing along well after the song is over. Listen to Dim Sum for Everyone here, or on your favorite streaming service.
In addition to Dim Sum for Everyone, Little Miss Ann also recently released “Tong Tong Tong,” a Filipino song about a crab featuring fellow Filipino kindie performer Mista Cookie Jar and along with Dandelions newsletter, curated a list of 53 songs all performed by AAPI musicians. Enjoy this incredible compilation of songs not just during the month of May, but all year long!