Rhythm Child

Rhythm Child

Rhythm Child is not just a band, it’s a movement. Formed in 2003 by husband and wife team Norman and Heather Jones, Rhythm Child’s mission is to encourage children to create soulful music and percussion, while also building their self confidence.  Eat a Bowl of Cherries the group’s latest release, proves that not all children’s music needs to be hyperactive and saccharin sweet. In fact, it can be naturally, genuinely sweet—just like a real life bowl of cherries. Style-wise, Rhythm Child sounds more like Otis Redding than Alvin and the Chipmunks, an innovation that will delight children and parents alike. 

How do you describe your music to people, Norman?
I like to call it Parent's Music for Kids!  Imagine if Otis Redding, John Lennon & Bob Marley held a music festival on Sesame Street.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I've been a touring musician since the mid 80's and my passion for music and entertainment has not changed in the least. My early days as a college radio DJ hosting the only Reggae Music Show in Northwestern Ohio gave me the opportunity to be right in the middle of the developing alternative music scene and gave me access to a variety of talented musicians. So with the radio station as my research lab and the band as my experiment I pursued a life long career of creating positive music. The birth of my son in 2000 introduced me to the parent culture that existed at the time and I fealt that there was a real void in the vibe of most of the music that was geared towards kids.  It seemed that parents really wanted to share meaningful musical experiences with their children but it was hard to find CD's or events that were accessible to the whole family. That is the need that I feel I can fullfill.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sit & Think

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Finding time to just be a Dad.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
My life growing up was consumed with sports and fitness so I always thought that I would naturally be a coach and motivate young athletes to follow their dreams.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I learn everything that I know from my surroundings so I am constantly listening and watching the way that people interact and try to incorporate those ideas into the language and rhythms of my music.  Fortunately I am blessed to live in a community that is filled with happiness and a sense of hope so it is definitely easier to keep the songs that I write feeling upbeat and positive.

What other artists out there do you love?
I'm just now getting back into listening to new artists since I have been so focused for the last year while working on Eat A Bowl Of Cherries.  There were however, a few projects that came out this year that helped motivate me to put out a better record. I love the relaxed vibe of Jason Mraz's songs and Ziggy Marley put out a children's record that was a joy to share with my family.  The truth is that I mostly listen to the music that I grew up with. Artists like Sam Cooke, Etta James, or Jimmy Cliff are constant companions because they provide me with a connection to the real roots of popular music.

What does your future hold?
I am working on developing young artists and encouraging their song writing.  There will definitely be more CD's being recorded and there are plenty of concerts to be played.  My main goal is to reach as many families as possible through my music in order to inspire a coming together of parents raising conscious children.