Raina’s Kid's Music
A singer-songwriter as a teenager, becoming a mother and raising her son encouraged Raina to bring her songwriting skills to writing better kids songs and music that she’d actually enjoy singing with her son. This naturally led Raina to begin singing for kids at music groups, private parties and corporate shows. Working with Toronto producer and TV/film composer, Jason Greenberg she first released a kids CD in 2008 and started singing for and entertaining kids.
As a mom, educator and primary music teacher, Raina is passionate about children’s education and mental health and has also been entertaining young children for several years with her original and traditional songs from her kids CD. She naturally brings her adult signature style to her kids music and mixes it with whimsical humour. Her first kids CD, Raina’s Rainbow Party was well received and got rave reviews in Toronto’s, City Parent Magazine. She was later selected to showcase her kids music at the 2015 Folk Music Ontario Conference.
Raina began singing for kids at private birthday parties, music groups, corporate events and festivals. She soon built a reputation for being a popular performer at local Farmer’s Markets, Fire Station Open Houses and Canada Day Festivals. Her corporate clients include: Breakfast with IKEA, Kids Help Phone, Family Day at Queen’s Quay, Hopefest, Hockey4Heros, Hamilton SuperCrawl & The TVO Kids Stage at Telling Tales Festival. Raina has proven to be a favourite performer for the kids at the 2016 & 2017 Toronto Family Pride. She has shared her kids songs on a compilation CD - The Mighty Tribe, along with Tom Wilson, (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings/Lee Harvey Osmond), MimiShaw and other Hamilton artists. More of Raina’s kids’ songs are featured on The Mighty Tribe 2, (just released December 2018 at Grain and Grit Brewery, https://hamilton.snapd.com) and includes many of the same artists as well as The Arkells.
As a music educator, Raina entered her Grade 1 class in the 2018 CBC Music Challenge with Joni Mitchell’s song, “ Big Yellow Taxi.” Raina’s video made it into the Top 10 out of over 1000 submissions Canada wide! (https://youtu.be/WrjN_1HbJIw)
Parents will love Raina’s high energy/ interactive shows and singing along to kids songs they can actually enjoy! Raina performances offer a variety of traditional and original songs that get kids moving and singing along to songs they already know as well as Raina's original songs with a folk circle-time vibe.
"Raina performed on our stage in the Family Pride zone at the 2016 Pride Toronto festival. Raina's stage presence and ability to connect with the audience was quickly showcased through the engagement of the children in her stage show. Children got to sing along, go on stage and interact with Raina during her performance. We are very excited to welcome her back to Family Pride 2017 and would recommend her for any space seeking entertainment for children and families."
- Kevin FAMILY PRIDE TORONTO
"Raina Krangle from Raina's Rainbow got the SUN fully shining with her amazing performance."
-Josh Stern - THE JOSH PROJECT
“Raina Krangle has made a classic kids album, filled with familiar tunes to sing along to as well as some sharp originals that'll get stuck in your craw. Beginning with Crocodile Guy, she takes us on a journey and sings with a kid (her son?) in a way that's fresh, appealing, and inviting. There's a certain quality of openness, of wonder, of discovery that I think is communicated through the voice, and Krangle's got it in spades. Great renditions of You Are My Sunshine, Twinkle Twinkle, and Wheels on the Bus, interspersed with tuneful, cute originals, my favorite being Summer Vacation. Anytime you can fit 'calamine lotion' into your lyric, you're all right by me! The album finishes off with an adorable rendition of the hit song 'Tomorrow' from Annie, first sung by the young (6ish) Raina with coaching help from her grandfather, which segues into a beautiful piano vocal rendition from the mature artist. This excellent cd should secure her many new fans and much work.”
- Dan Cohen, Muses Muse Songwriting Website (May 02, 2015)
City Parent Magazine, March Break 2007
"Although she's been performing live for children for eight years, this is Raina's first full-length recording. But her experience still shines through – she's got a confident voice, a fun-spirit that avoids silliness and a nice variety of well-written songs. The disk has a circle-time feeling with original songs alternating with classics such as "If You're Happy" and "Twinkle, Twinkle." But instead of delivering the usual chirpy versions of these tunes, Raina brings her folk rock vibe to each. In particular, her "Wheels on the Bus" is a nice departure from the Raffi-inspired version you hear everywhere. Raina's warm, personable folk voice works wonderfully with her acoustic guitar."
- Diane Peters