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About Ella Jenkins

From virtually the outset of her folksinging career, Ella Jenkins stood at the forefront of children's music, establishing herself as one of the few musicians in the genre whose charms extended beyond her young target audience into the realm of adults and educators.

Born in St. Louis but raised in Chicago, Jenkins began singing professionally in 1956. Over the course of books, videos, and numerous albums, she educated children about everything from reading to geography to dance. Over time she even began teaching their instructors as well; through her famous Adventures in Rhythm workshops, Jenkins demonstrated new group-vocalizing and rhythm-building methods to music teachers. In 1999, she released her 30th album with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, Ella Jenkins & a Union of Friends Pulling Together. As the times changed, Jenkins changed with them. Her repertoire included songs on topics like multi-culturalism and the environment. She celebrated 60 years as a Folkways artist in 2017 with the release of Camp Songs. ~ Jason Ankeny

St. Louis, MO
Aug 6, 1924

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