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iQ Kids Radio Featured Artist: Justin Roberts

Like a scene from "Groundhog Day," the event repeats itself over and over. Bass and drums pound out the beat in perfect unison. Bodies spring to their feet and rush the stage; jumping, dancing and bouncing off each other like bumper cars. The concertgoers behave like children. This should come as no surprise, because they are children, participating in the kiddie mosh pit found at nearly every Justin Roberts concert.

GRAMMY Nominated, Justin Roberts is truly one of the "all-stars" of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children's show business. With numerous national awards and recognition, and a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents.

Justin's latest CD Recess, nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY® , rocks with gigantic electric guitars, intricate vocal harmonies, and impossibly catchy melodies that will burrow deep into your brain. In his most unrestrained release yet, Justin explores the world from multiple perspectives – like kids who love to play, the proud but exhausted parents of twins, and a loyal pet dog. Whether kids are jumping through the chalked boxes of "Hopscotch" or running around the playground to the triumphant electric rock of "Recess," these 12 original songs will add energy to any day.

This ninth CD of family music by Justin Roberts continues a hot streak that started in the early 1990s. Roberts began his music career in the Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Pimentos for Gus. He decided to moonlight (during the day) as a Montessori preschool teacher. It wasn't long before Justin began writing and singing songs for a new generation of fans: his students. The kids immediately responded and inspired Justin to record some of his new songs and send them out to a few friends for Christmas. One of the gift recipients was Liam Davis, a college pal and music producer, who suggested that they record the songs professionally.

Once again, Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players raise the bar for family music with a playground full of bright new songs for parents and kids to enjoy together. Roberts explores the joy and freedom of recess, the marvels of the imagination, and that unique combination of melancholy and wonder as school finally lets out for the summer.

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Justin Roberts Lyrics: 
Picture Day (an excerpt!) off the Way Out album 

Janey flashes a smile and soon it’s well known
That Jackie’s hair has got a life of its own
I’m next and the man says please
On the count of three say (1-2-3) cheese
You turn your head to the left
No turn your head to the right
You put your hand on your chin
No put it back in your lap
That’s the way that’s the way that’s the wa---------y
That’s the way it is on picture day
Ba ba ba ba ba ba da da da…


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