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"Mr. Will" Dupuy

With the debut of his first children’s CD, musician “Mr. Will” Dupuy releases 10 original
songs — along with bouncing covers of the “Hokey Pokey” and “La Bamba” — that
capture the rambunctious spirit of his live concerts for the under-seven crowd.

In “Dinosaur For My Birthday,” Dupuy taps into developmental and interactive aspects
of fun songs for youngsters.

“In planning the record, I found each song had a slightly different style: pop, southern
stomp, western swing, train beats, country funk and even a New Orleans feel,” Dupuy
said. “But as a whole, the CD is a rootsy mix of Americana music. It’s wholesome,
rhythmic and really gets the kids smiling and moving.”

His sing-along style incorporates equal parts of teaching and performing for energetic
young audiences. Infectious melodies combined with upbeat lyrics make him beloved
among pre-schoolers and early-elementary students, who clap, march, jump and dance
along to their favorite songs. Plus, the entire family can enjoy the music.

“This is real music, with real musicians playing real instruments, instead of using
computers and synthesizers,” Dupuy said. “I teamed up with a great group of musicians
and went into the studio the same as I would with any professional record. But this album
had such a personal and organic quality, it’s honestly been a very uplifting, inspirational
and rewarding experience. It’s the most fun record I’ve ever made.”

An in-demand natural showman who plays multiple instruments, Dupuy has a personality
as big as his signature upright bass and as bright as his wide smile. The son of a
Grammy-nominated opera singer, he began teaching music to pre-K students after
answering a help-wanted ad on Craigslist. Three years later, he has now taught more than
1,500 students in Central Texas.

In addition to his day job, Dupuy currently plays bass for Bruce Robison and Kelly
Willis. Previously, he has performed with the South Austin Jug Band, Bob Schneider and
Jason Boland. His next step, with the success of this children’s CD, is to expand his live
public kids’ concerts and performances for birthday parties and private events.

“Working with children, I feel like I’m part of something pretty dynamic and exciting,”
Dupuy said. “When I teach a class, the music breaks up the mundane and becomes the
highlight of the week for these kids. Plus, I’ve discovered singing helps a child develop a
rich sensory environment.”

Indeed, singing and listening to music promotes daily learning, builds motor skills, boosts
overall body coordination, increases vocabulary, stretches a child's memorizing power
and increases group cohesion. Kids love to bounce, march and dance around to Dupuy’s
rhythms, jumping to fast songs or twirling to a song with a slower beat. But the music on
“Dinosaur For My Birthday” can also help improve speech patterns, increase self-
confidence, promote self-expression and help children learn to listen and concentrate. It
sounds educational — but when “Mr. Will” performs, children just think it’s fun.