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Friday, January 6, 2012

Anti-Bullying CD -- Grammy Nominee!

All About Bullies Raises funds For PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention!

For the second year in a row,Ken Cowle of Soul Asylum, Ontario, Canada has received a Grammy nomination for his collaboration on a children's CD. 'All About Bullies ... Big and Small', edged out more than 125 other children’s album to make the shortlist.

All About Bullies, a unique mix of stories and songs, is a fun, informative and inspirational tool kit for children to deal with the playground and cyber bullying. The CD deals with everything from cyber bullies, to kids with humorous courage, to kids viewing their lives through bicycles, each 'child' on the CD finds a way to change their perspective, or to accept other children for who they are.

All About Bullies,not only gives advice to children being bullied, but it also speaks to the bully, and tries to address possible reasons why some kids feel compelled to use their strength or power to intimidate or harm others. All of the profits from the CD will be donated to the PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention based in Minneapolis, Minn.

Prior to being asked to participate, publisher Ken Cowle of Soul Asylum Poetry and Publishing, had been talking with Texas-based band Blue October for Soul Asylum’s radio show, and had written several poems on the subject of bullying. Mr. Cowle,  jumped at the chance to collaborate on a CD about bullying, having experienced bullying first-hand in his younger years.

Ken worked several months with Steve Pullara of Cool Beans Music and other producers on the project, helping secure the rights for use of the Blue October song, Jump Rope, on the compilation disc,and also received an artist’s credit on the CD for co-writing the track, 'Where are Ya', with Mr. Pullara.

Despite the subject matter, the collection is light-hearted, easy to listen to, groovy and eclectic, with a few tongue in cheek moments thrown in for the adults. For example,actress Heidi Swedberg, best known as the ill-fated, wedding-bound, invitation label-licking girlfriend of Seinfeld’s George Costanza narrates 'Labels' a poem discussing how labels are best used for cans of pickles and beans, rather than people.

The calibre and scope of the project, as well as the involvement of recognized Philadelphia-area producers Jim Cravero, Pat Robinson, Kevin Mackie and Gloria Domina, made Mr. Cowle’s second collaboration on a children’s CD an easy decision.

The roster of artists on "’All About Bullies...Big and Small’ includes members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, international recording artists, several Philadelphia radio personalities, Ms Swedberg and the Sugar Free Allstars & Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

Ken Cowle is marking the days till the 54th Grammy award ceremony set to take place Feb. 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where 'All About Bullies' will compete against 'Are We There Yet?' by The Papa Hugs Band, 'Fitness Rock & Roll' by Miss Amy, 'GulfAlive' by The Banana Plant and 'I Love: Tom T. Hall’s Songs Of Fox Hollow' by Various Artists.

To sample tracks from the CD and to read reviews, visit For more information on the centre against bullying, visit Visit for upcoming events, industry newsletters and information on its roster of artists.

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