Los Angeles, CA
2x Winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award
& John Lennon Songwriting Contest Children’s category Grand Prize Winner!
"Longtime friends Kyler England and Lalo Crane have their talented fingers squarely on the pulse of family friendly music. Their debut album, ‘Be My Friend' features England's lovely emotive vocals, and the unusual added bonus of Lalo's shimmering percussive vibes, marimba and glockenspiel playing. Over the course of eleven songs, the duo covers the joys of the season in "Nothing Funner Than Summer," baths in "Splish & Splash Time," fantasy subjects in "My Fairy" and "Magic Spaceship, and critters in "Monkey Dance," and "Little Lion Lullaby." Highlights include the quietly majestic "How I Am Made (to love you)," and the crystalline "Winter Dreams." The CD is housed in artful packaging, with lyrics easily available on-line. Peaceful and celebratory, charming and thoughtful— created and delivered from a duo with great promise.” -Lahri Bond ©2014 Parents’ Choice
More about the duo:
About Kyler (co-writer, vocals and ukelele):
Kyler England started writing songs as a child while swinging on the swing set in her backyard and serenading the trees and sky. She's been writing grownup songs for more than a decade.
Kyler cowrote and is featured on Tiesto's latest single "Take Me" which has been #5 on Billboard's and FMBQ's dance charts for weeks; is a member of the LA band The Rescues which signed to Universal Republic and had a featured iTunes single of the week; has had numerous placements of songs on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Private Practice, Drop Dead Diva, One Tree Hill, Switched At Birth, etc. as well as in Words With Friends and Special K commercials. She also won first place in the Electronica category in the International Songwriting Contest.
When Kyler's daughter arrived in January 2013, lullabies and children's songs naturally started arriving too. Mama friend Lalo moved into the neighborhood with loads of ideas and inspiration from her two girls, and boom! Freckles was born.
About Lalo (co-writer, vibraphone and other mallets):
Lalo has loved hitting bars with mallets ever since she came across a vibraphone being used as a storage table in her middle school jazz band closet. This unusual fascination has led her on tours throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Europe performing her original compositions to the accompaniment of rave reviews in numerous jazz, percussion, and other music publications for her playing, composing and recording. Jazziz lists Lalo among the top 20 Fine Vibists; Jazztimes, Downbeat, JazzWeek, the Village Voice, etc. have given kudos for her albums; and NPR did a feature interview with her on their Weekend Edition Sunday. She has traveled to numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S. as both a performer and clinician and often as an artist-in-residence. Lalo has recorded on commercials such as AT&T, Cheerios, Lysol, Vonage and films such as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon". After playing all of this "serious" music for years, one songwriting session with brilliant musician Kyler was all it took for Lalo to fall in love with making music for kids!