Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

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Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Our new album "Happy Haunted Halloween" is here!

With plenty of treats and maybe a few tricks up its sleeve, Happy Haunted Halloween offers something for everyone who loves Halloween: spooky songs about haunted houses, ghost towns, crawl spaces, and monster hunters; sweet songs about gathering with friends, dressing up as a cuddly bunny, and counting trick or treat loot; and even an historical song about the brilliant teenage author, Mary Shelley, plus a dance number inspired by her novel Frankenstein.

MR. SINGER & THE SHARP COOKIES– PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS – SEPT. - OCT. 2018

Sept. 29 – Oct. 27 Saturdays & Sundays Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest Chicago, IL

Oct. 28 Beat Kitchen – Album Release Show! Chicago, IL TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit the Beat Kitchen website HERE or the Beat Kitchen Facebook "Concerts 4 Kids" page HERE.

Oct. 31 Goudy Park – Halloween Show! Chicago, IL

SPOOKTACULAR FUN FOR KIDS & FAMILIES! HAPPY HAUNTED HALLOWEEN BY MR. SINGER & THE SHARP COOKIES

“Lots to like about the Sharp Cookies.  Any band with the Ramones as a major influence is way cool in our book.”  - Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune

“Part of being a kid in Chicago is rocking out with kindie/folk icon Mr. Singer.”- Red Tricycle

CHICAGO (August 28, 2018) – Chicago’s most energetic band that rocks for kids, the award-winning Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies, goes all out for the season of ghosts and goblins with their fourth album, Happy Haunted Halloween, set for release on October 5, 2018.

Happy Haunted Halloween kicks off with “Happy Halloween,” a truly happy, upbeat dance number about the excitement kids feel before going trick-or-treating on Halloween night. “Ain’t Scared of Nuthin’” is a little bit of Halloween bravado and some “I’m not so sure about this!” set to a Bill Haley-type boogie-woogie, featuring guest artist Mr. Nick Davio. “Grandpa’s Ghost,” about a Grandpa whose life is saved by the harmonica in his pocket, is straight-up country, while “Dream of the Bonfire,” a melodious ode to bonfire celebrations, overflows with all the good things about spending Halloween with friends. “How Many Pieces of Candy?” is a gentle counting song that celebrates one of the best parts of Halloween: taking stock of the spoils!

Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies are the husband-and-wife team of Neil and Kerry Firstenleit (“Mr. Singer” and “Kerry Appleberry”), along with dynamo drummer Michael Massett (“Marius Mustard”). The band’s rocking, electric sound has been described as “like June & Johnny Cash playing The Clash while riding unicycles through the zoo!”

Both onstage and in the studio, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies specialize in fresh, positive, high-energy music at kid-friendly volumes, sneaking a little mischief, a little sweetness, and a lot of fun into their clever originals. Happy Haunted Halloween salutes the ancient concept that one of the most fun things about being a kid in October is the anticipation of getting your socks scared off of you,

Notes Neil Firstenleit, “Halloween is my favorite holiday, and inspiration always strikes around that time. Each year for the past fifteen years of so, I’ve written Halloween songs for kids. Happy Haunted Halloween comprises the fourteen best songs of the collection; it’s a fun album you could play on your porch as kids come trick or treating, at Halloween parties, or in the car anytime you want to get psyched for Halloween. It was a blast recording this album, especially experimenting with eerie sounds and song arrangements!”

If Simon and Garfunkel wrote a song with Danny Elfman, the result might be “She Writes Frankenstein,” the ballad of author Mary Shelley told to stormy sound effects and spooky music, encored by “Insane Scientist Victory Blitz,” a super-wild dance song inspired by Frankenstein that will put a smile on monsters large and small. Then there’s the psych-punk “Something Sweet for Halloween,” whose opening lines say it all: “These are scary times we’re living in, and it appears the bad guys have begun to win/So I’m not gonna be adding to the fear, I’m gonna be something sweet for Halloween this year.” Happy Haunted Halloween dances to a splendid finish with, “Haunted Halloween,” which just might possibly inspire a little howling at the moon.

"Lots to like about the Sharp Cookies. Any band with the Ramones as a major influence is way cool in our book." -- Lou Carlozo, Chicago Tribune

"Part of being a kid in Chicago is rocking out with kindie/folk icon Mr. Singer."-- Red Tricycle

CHICAGO -- Chicago's most energetic band that rocks for kids, the award-winning Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies, goes all out for the season of ghosts and goblins with their fourth album, Happy Haunted Halloween. To celebrate the album's release, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies will perform a family Halloween show at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28 at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL .

With plenty of treats and maybe a few tricks up its sleeve,this special Halloween concert will include songs that celebrate chocolate, ghost stories, mysteries, friendship, facing fears, bonfires, dance parties, and haunted houses. Families can expect a FUN performance where costumes are welcome, dancing is likely, and a spooktacular time will be had by all. This will be a chance for parents to experience a rock show with their kids in one of Chicago’s coolest venues, with professional staging, lighting, drinks, and good food.

Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies are the husband-and-wife team of Neil and Kerry Firstenleit ("Mr. Singer" and "Kerry Appleberry"), along with dynamo drummer Michael Massett ("Marius Mustard") and Jake Samson on bass. The band's rocking, electric sound has been described as "like June & Johnny Cash playing the Clash while riding unicycles through the zoo!"

Both onstage and in the studio, Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies specialize in fresh, positive, high-energy music at kid-friendly volumes, sneaking a little mischief, a little sweetness, and a lot of fun into their clever originals. Happy Haunted Halloween salutes the ancient concept that one of the most fun things about being a kid in October is the anticipation of getting your socks scared off of you.

Notes Neil Firstenleit, "Halloween is my favorite holiday, and inspiration always strikes around that time. Each year for the past fifteen years or so, I've written Halloween songs for kids. Happy Haunted Halloween comprises the fourteen best songs of the collection; it's a fun album you could play on your porch as kids come trick-or-treating, at Halloween parties, or in the car anytime you want to get psyched for Halloween. It was a blast recording this album, especially experimenting with eerie sounds and song arrangements!"

Happy Haunted Halloween is out now on October 5 and available at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CDBaby, and more.

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For more information about Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies, to schedule an interview, or to request a review copy of Happy Haunted Halloween, please contact Elizabeth Waldman Frazier at Waldmania PR: 415-334-2787 or elizabeth@waldmaniapr.com

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