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Sammie Haynes | Many Hands

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Vist the Sammie Haynes web site Learn more about Sammie's School Performances and Workshops: The Children's Music Network

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Many Hands

by Sammie Haynes

Sammie Haynes’ recording, “Many Hands” is sure to become a family favorite with its bright and catchy lyrics, musicianship on a par with Dan Zanes & Friends, vocal warmth similar to Laurie Berkner and a heart like Woody Guthrie.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Many Hands
2:50 $0.99
2. Under One Sky
3:36 $0.99
3. I'm Always Growing
1:12 $0.99
4. Roly Poly
2:24 $0.99
5. The Peeper Song
2:01 $0.99
6. This Land is Your Land
4:15 $0.99
7. When I First Came to this Land
2:23 $0.99
8. My Best Friend (She's My Dog)
2:33 $0.99
9. Hey Diddle-I-O
2:17 $0.99
10. The Attitude Song
1:45 $0.99
11. The Windshield Wiper Song
1:59 $0.99
12. Fall's Falling
3:01 $0.99
13. A Lullaby for You
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Album Notes
Sammie Haynes is an award-winning children’s music writer and performer. As a Gentle Wind recording artist she has received a Parent’s Choice Award, NAPPA (National Parenting Publication’s Award), Children’s Music Web Award, and the Film Advisory Board’s Award of Excellence!

"Many Hands" is her first children's recording which Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe called. “A charming children’s record...sweetly sung, full of clever, participatory songs kids and parents can share, along with familiar folk classics and brightly humanistic originals”.

In 1999 Sammie ran a songwriting workshop in Kathryn Mills’ 3rd Grade class at the South Berwick, Maine Central School. The children chose to write about endangered animals and after recording it, sent it to Gov. Angus King. The following is his response:

A letter from former Maine Governor, Angus King, Jr. during his term in office:
“With this project you have captured the two essential elements of increasing awareness on an issue: education and fun. By simply talking about this issue you are helping to educate others on the issue of endangered species, and by choosing this inventive format for spreading your message, the issue will take a firmer hold in people’s minds. I am very proud of the way that you have tackled this very important issue.”

After performing in public schools in Nashville, TN and as part of the city-wide 90th birthday celebration for Woody Guthrie with Cormac McCarthy, the schools’ visual and performing arts coordinator, Carol Crittendon writes:

“…I would like to sincerely thank you for the outstanding performances you gave during Woody Guthrie month at three of our middle schools. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the performances and was quite impressed…The three elementary schools at which Sammie performed were thrilled. They had such a wonderful time while gaining more knowledge of music…”

“I feel that all those students who had the privilege of attending one of your performances will long remember who you are and the music you presented.”

“Our PTO sponsored a performance by Sammie Haynes and the Treetops Chorus for our elementary school in Eliot, Maine. She was a lively and engaging performer. My second grade students were entranced…Our students responded well to her gentle unassuming manner and laughter…”
-Sharon Stuart, Teacher, 2nd Grade, Eliot, Maine

“Sammie’s choice of repertoire and enthusiasm with a young crowd, even on a hot summer day, provided a terrific end to our summer reading program. She is a skilled performer, with contagious energy!”
- Elizabeth Forrest, Head of Youth Services, Kennebunk Free Library, Kennebunk, Maine

Sammie performs at concerts, festivals, schools, libraries, and conducts artist-in-residency songwriting workshops for grades K-5.

Sammie is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, Maine Arts Commission/ Artist Access, and the Children’s Music Network.




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Maria Sillari

One of the Best
There is a lot of children's music out there, much of it enough to drive a parent crazy. Sammie's music isn't like that. In fact, I love to listen to it as much as my kids do, and find myself singing along with the CD.... and sometimes without it! Don't miss this great music for your family.

Adrien Zupp, Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH

“There are absolutely no flat spots on this fun and inspiring album… her songwriting is tight and catchy and pitched perfectly to her audience…”

Denise Wheeler at Our Times, Exeter, NH

“While Haynes has crafted an upbeat collection of 13 festive and nurturing songs, the CD’s highlight is that it introduces several new and relatively obscure, but delightful, songs to music lovers of all ages…The interactive songs she included on “Many Hands” could easily become household or classroom favorites.

Haynes’ own songs cover a lot of territory theme-wise, from the title song, which deals with friendship and self-awareness, to “Fall’s Falling,” a quick, toe-tapping tune that shares the tell-tale signs of autumn as Haynes sweetly sings…She winds up the CD with a tender duet with her husband, Cormac McCarthy, called “A Lullaby For You,” which was written for their son, Davis.

This sunny CD gives the distinct sense that seeing Haynes perform these songs live, with your own kids in the audience is the way to enjoy them the most.”

Rebecca Hyson, PTO, S Berwick, Maine

“Sammie’s enthusiastic nature, combined with her caring and compassion for children show in her fun-filled, heart-warming songs and [stories]. The smiles and laughs on the faces of the children tell it all - Sammie is a wonderful entertainer and those who are fortunate enough to view her performances or listen to her work are truly enriched.

Ted Musgrave, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland, ME

“Portland Parks and Recreation has hired Singer/Songstress Sammie Haynes for many summers now and as coordinator of the City's "Summer in the Parks" concert series, I have been extremely happy with Sammie's performances as well as her communications leading up to them…She is wonderful with the children (and parents) attending the shows and her songs are filled with fun and melody. She's got some great hits! (like "My Best Friend" and "Daddy's Car.") The kids catch on quickly to the choruses and sing along quite often to her songs. Technically speaking, Sammie is always in tune vocally and plays a great guitar.
I can't give enough praise to Sammie, her talent, and her songs. She is a delight for both young and old.

Mr. Billy - Children's Singer/Songwriter

The next best thing to being there!
I have had the privilege of hearing Sammie live. She is a wonderful singer and performer. Unfortunately for me (and my family) she lives very far away. But, because she has released this great CD my kids and I can take Sammie for a spin in the family van or sing and dance with her in the family room. If you’re not planning a trip to Maine soon, buy this CD.