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"Les obviously loves his work. His energy and enthusiasm were awesome! He connected with all ages and grade levels. His song lyrics fostered acceptance and compassion. Kids who don't shine in the classroom were certainly shining during his program!" |
CHARLESTOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER
For his song-writing, recordings, producing and performance LJ has been awarded a GRAMMY CERTIFICATE, a (NAPPA) NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARENTING PUBLICATIONS GOLD AWARD, a PARENT'S CHOICE GOLD AWARD and an AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION NOTABLE RECORDING FOR CHILDREN. Parent's Magazine picked his recording Color Outside The Lines as one of the five Best of 1996 in the nation. Subsequent releases, On My Dad's Shoulders, and Living In The Land Of Ooh, Aah have won Parents Choice Recommended Awards and a NAPPA Award. In 2009 LJ released a Childrens'/Family CD called Good Things Happen! which won the NAPPA GOLD AWARD. His song Donkey in a Ditch, co-written with Bill Pere was reviewed by Parents Magazine saying, Les' song
"Donkey in a Ditch may be the best children's song ever about a basic dilemma: Should we help our fellow creatures even if they do nothing to help us? When it comes to kid's music, Les is more."
Donkey in a Ditch was included on the GRAMMY WINNING compilation CD, ALL ABOUT BULLIES BIG AND SMALL for which LJ was awarded a GRAMMY CERTIFICATE.
LJ is a past president of the Connecticut Songwriters Association (http://www.ctsongs.com/).
LES JULIAN has entertained thousands and thousands of children and adults in hundreds of Schools, Colleges, Libraries, Museums, Senior Centers, Park and Recreation Shows, Theaters, Hospitals, Hospices and Arts Festivals. His performances showcase his award-winning original songs and illuminate universal themes of human life while celebrating the diversity of the world through a variety of exciting musical styles. On acoustic and nylon string guitars as well as mandolin and percussion, with an unforgettable voice and energy, Mr. Julian is a singer of stories that one critic said, "...delight and transport." Songs that both entertain and educate are appropriate for many types of programs including SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES, LIBRARIES, FESTIVALS, PERFORMING ARTS SERIES, SMALL THEATERS, CONCERTS, CONFERENCES, COFFEE-HOUSES, PARK AND REC CONCERTS and SPECIAL EVENTS including PERFORMANCES IN HOSPITALS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS GROUPS. Performances can be tailored for special program needs and age groups, from Toddlers to Seniors.