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GRAMMY-nominated group Alphabet Rockers may be focused on making children’s music, but their social justice themed, kid-friendly hip-hop songs are about more than just having fun.
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ALPHABET ROCKERS IN THE NEWS

CONTRA COSTA NEWS

"Alphabet Rockers help East Bay Regional Park District celebrate 90 years of leadership."

ONCE UPON A BEAT

"Where hip hop and fairytales meet...it's Once Upon A Beat ft. Tommy Soulati Shepherd."

LA JOLLA MUSIC SOCIETY

"As part of our ConRAD Kid Series, La Jolla Music Society is honored to host the Alphabet Rockers at the Baker-Baum Concert Hall on March 16, 2024.

THE OREGONIAN

"The band’s unique blend of catchy melodies and thoughtful messages has garnered critical acclaim since it formed in 2007.”

KPIX+ BAY AREA

Katie Pratt with The American Dream TV highlights Alphabet Rockers in an intimate interview with co-founder Kaitlin McGaw.

SANTA MARIA TIMES

"Tommy Shepherd’s work as an artist and community changemaker will be celebrated during Allan Hancock College’s PCPA Pacific Conservatory Theatre inaugural Hancock Honors event.”

51% & WAMC RADIO

"Dr. Sharon Ufberg also speaks with Kaitlin McGaw about how music can help create a sense of belonging.”

PARENTS TOGETHER

"Kids who get worried, stressed, and overwhelmed can benefit from knowing they’re not alone and that it’s normal to feel this way.”

DIAMOND WAVE ARTS

"Interview with King Lotus Boy ~ Bringing the Love with Diamond Wave Arts for an abundant Pride month allyship."

PARENTS TOGETHER

"Be sure to watch other episodes of the fun animated series on online safety topics like data, privacy, and trust created by the Lawrence Hall of Science, Alphabet Rockers, and UC Berkeley.”

DIVERSITY IN ACTION

"At a time when intolerance in this country is at an all-time high, Alphabet Rockers is prompting positive change towards acceptance.

A CULTURE EXPERIENCE

"Thank you for this recognition and the honor that comes with it.

AGILE VOCALIST

"Their work encourages both children and adults to reflect on and deeply connect with others, their own experiences, and the results of their actions, non-actions and silence.

BAY AREA PARENT

"Hip-hop is the music of the people. It lifts you up, promotes togetherness, allows self-expression, and it’s fun.

EAST BAY MAGAZINE

"The Movement is a powerful counterbalance to the current wave of outrage against teaching children and teenagers about this country’s racial history, economic segregation, gender dysmorphia and other related subjects.

HYPEBOT

"...weaves the stories, spirit, and voices of a widely diverse group of young people into their work”.

EAST BAY TIMES

"Expressions of mighty power, individual acts of magnificent courage, raw truths and hard work led Oakland-based Alphabet Rockers to triumph at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

CBS BAY AREA

"CBS features Alphabet Rockers new animated STEM series with UC Berkeley.

EAR SNACKS

"Alphabet Rockers, Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Sheppard, share about bravery, empathy and belonging in their debut picture book “You Are Not Alone”

KCBS Radio

 "KCBS celebrates Alphabet Rockers as they emerged as a big victor at the GRAMMYs"

91.3 WYSO

"No cultural force has bought different cultures together better than Hip-Hop."

THE CHILDREN'S BOOK PODCAST

"Featuring a heartfelt message and stunning illustrations, this special story makes for a read-aloud that parents, caregivers, and children will want to return to again and again."

RECORDING ACADEMY/GRAMMYs

"Congrats Best Children's Music Album winner, Alphabet Rockers!"

KPIX BAY AREA NEWS

"East Bay's Alphabet Rockers win their 1st GRAMMY for their Children's Album, The Movement"

KIDS RHYTHM AND ROCK

"These kids, they are our future and with them taking the lead, I think we’re going to be alright."

GRAMMY.COM

"Oakland's Alphabet Rockers released their sixth album, The Movement, which includes young lyricists singing about diversity and strength in unity. "

BEPPIE MUSIC

"Their music strikes me as something that you would hear on the radio along with the likes of Lizzo and Drake."

CBS BAY AREA

The Bay Area's 3x Grammy Award-Nominated 'Alphabet Rockers' talk about raising children's voices for change on their new album, 'The Movement.'

GRAMMY NOMINATED

Alphabet Rockers have earned their 4th GRAMMY Nomination!

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

"This album covers issues and sentiments that children are facing each day...acceptance, unity, empowerment & love.

BIG ISLAND MUSIC

"4 time GRAMMY-nominated hip-hip collective offers a consciousness-raising show at Kahilu Theatre.

MAUI NOW

"Diverse audiences love the contemporary sound and positive messages ‒ shaping a more equitable world through hip-hop music and dance.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

"Alphabet Rockers make it clear that children’s music can have powerful, inspiring messages, within tightly produced hip-hop cuts." 

WASHINGTON POST

GRAMMY-nominated Alphabet Rockers, who define hip-hop as a freedom culture, perform during the inaugural Hip-Hop Block Party at the Smithsonian's NMHAAC.

NPR

"Their infectiously groovy and smart songs appeal to kids and adults alike."

EBONY MAGAZINE

Alphabet Rockers to perform at star-studded Hip-Hop Block Party at the Smithsonian's NMHAAC.

WRITER'S DIGEST

Difficult conversations can be made easier when they’re done together.

TORONTO STAR

A beautiful book about the importance of building spaces of belonging for all.  

FORMATIVE

7th Grader Kevin interviews Kaitlin on advocacy, music and college life on this new podcast from New York Edge.

CBS NEWS

"You Are Not Alone" book launch featured on CBS News in 2022.

YOUR PARENTING MOJO

Angela invites Kaitlin & Tommy to reflect on disrupting white supremacy in parenting, media and more. 

SCHOOL LIBRARY CONNECTION 

"The poetic, hip-hop style of the writing is appealing to all audiences."

BOOKLIST REVIEW 

"The message hit home."

KIRKUS REVIEWS 

"Exuberantly affirming and infectiously joyful."

ALL ONE TRIBE 

First Black Family Music Collective nominated for a GRAMMY!

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS 

Interview with McGaw & Shepherd

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

"It's earnest advocacy and a heartening message is clear."

CBS

 

"It’s music with a message - making the world better, one beat at a time."

WE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS

 

“Cover reveal of You Are Not Alone - publishing 1/11/22.”

ROLLING STONE

 

Alphabet Rockers joins Family Music Forward in protest of the all white GRAMMY nomination slate.

SOURCEBOOKS

 

"Alphabet Rockers Announce Book Deal: Children's Book Series to Focus on Books That Make Change and Build a Just World"

THE WORD IS BOND

 

“SHINE (Melanin Remix) is an upbeat, uplifting track that celebrates black excellence & more!”

FORBES

 

"How A Kids Hip Hop Collective Is Helping American Families Become Anti-Racist"

NBC

 

"How the Grammy-Nominated Children's Group ‘Alphabet Rockers' Are Making Change Through Music"

CULTURAS

 

“Through music, the Alphabet Rockers enlighten the next generation”

BILLBOARD PRIDE

 

“Alphabet Rockers on Using Activism to Inform Their Grammy-Nominated Children's Album”

LA TIMES

“The Grammys’ wokest act? Meet the Alphabet Rockers, kids rapping about gender nonconformity”

EAST BAY EXPRESS

 

"The Love may be a children's album, but its lessons should be learned by people of all ages."


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