Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

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Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies

Mr. Singer leads Chicago’s most energetic band that rocks for kids- at the zoo, at museums, at nightclubs (and dayclubs) and anywhere else that the pre-K crowd and early Graders like to dance, laugh, and rock-out! The songs are clever originals augmented by some fun punky favorites all amplified by a bigger-than-life performer and his bandmates- always including his wife, the sparkling singer Kerry Appleberry, and dynamo drummer Marius Mustard! Sometimes they bring in a few friends for an even larger sound! Each show has its own surprises- from puppets to painting, to special guests. Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies always cook and serve up delicious music. 

Ever in perpetual motion, Mr. Singer & the Sharp Cookies  are making super-fun music that make families happy. Both on stage and in the studio The Sharp Cookies, specialize in fresh, positive, high-energy music at kid-friendly volumes. As Lou Carlozo of the Chicago Tribune reports, “Lots to like about (them). Any band with the Ramones as a major influence is way cool in our book. Besides covering 'Rockaway Beach' live, they dish sweet originals..Mr. Singer

Entertainer, songwriter and record producer extraordinaire Neil Firstenleit (known and loved as Mr. Singer) grew up in a multicultural family, in Wooster, Ohio. He has since lived and made music in Berlin, Caracas, San Francisco, Athens (Ohio) and now Chicago.

Neil received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago where he studied music and sound recording.  As both solo performer and leader of the Sharp Cookies, Mr. Singer is now a bright star on the Chicago family music scene and regularly performs at the city’s most popular venues.


Places we’ve performed:

Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion

Chicago Cultural Center

Lincoln Park Zoo

Taste of Chicago

Old Town School of Folk Music

And many more…..



Band: Mr. Singer, Kerry Appleberry and Marius Mustard

Art & Photography: Kerry