Laurie Berkner

See Laurie Berkner LIVE at the Peoria Civic Center

Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 am


Bestselling, award-winning children's recording artist Laurie Berkner is widely recognized as the uncrowned queen of children’s music. Laurie's albums, released on her own label, have been best sellers on a chart typically dominated by movie soundtracks and major label compilations.  Her debut DVD, which went quadruple platinum, was the first-ever indie children’s music DVD to enter Billboard’s Top Music Video chart at #1. Laurie’s twelfth album, Laurie Berkner: the Dance Remixes, was released in September 2017. 


A longtime fixture on TV’s Nick Jr. and Sprout channels, Laurie was the first recording artist to ever appear in a music video interstitial on Nick Jr. and was a beloved presence on Jack’s Big Music Show. Laurie’s music videos now appear regularly on NBCUniversal’s Universal Kids channel.


Laurie has written the music and lyrics for three Off-Broadway children's musicals produced by New York City Children’s Theater: Wanda's Monster (2013), The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess (2014), and Interstellar Cinderella, which debuted in November 2017.


Between spring 2017 and summer 2018, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers is publishing a series of three picture books with Laurie, each based on one of her songs. We Are the Dinosaurs was released in March 2017, Pillowland in was released in November 2017, and Monster Boogie is set for publication in July 2018.



Just a small sample of the critical acclaim Laurie Berkner has received:


PEOPLE MAGAZINE: "The queen of children's music."


USA TODAY: "The undisputed queen of kindie rock."


THE NEW YORK TIMES: "The Adele of the preschool crowd." 


NPR’s ALL THINGS CONSIDERED: “Laurie Berkner is like a goddess to these children.”


TIME: "A kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow, Berkner inhabits a kid's curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated -- very repeated -- listenings.” 


THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: "Laurie Berkner does what Fred Rogers did: respect, validate and reassure young children."


THE WASHINGTON POST: "Jimmy Buffett has his Parrotheads.  The Grateful Dead have their legendary Deadheads.  Laurie Berkner has, um, Dino-heads?"


THE DENVER POST:  "In the world of children's music, Laurie Berkner isn't just popular, she's an icon.”


THE WALL ST. JOURNAL: "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them; charming youngsters without boring grownups."


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: "Her voice is so rich, so textured, so full of flavor . . . you can almost see and taste everything as she delivers it."