Kirkland Performance Center presents...
- February 24, 3:00PM
All Seats: $15
NON-MUSIC > Family Entertainment
This celebrated Canadian entertainer has created a special niche in the music world and amassed a cross-generational following. Norman Foote’s musicality is like no other mixing clever hooks, witty wordplay and comedy all to great effect. His accolades include SOCAN’s Best Songwriter Award, US Parents’ Choice Awards, and National Publications Parenting Awards’ Gold Award, and most recently a JUNO. Norman has received critical acclaim for his clever songs and engaging concert performances. He has written for Walt Disney Records, Shari Lewis, CBC's syndicated TV show Scoop and Doozie, KOBA's production of Nelvana's Little Bear Live and Backyardigans Live.
At KPC, Norman will be joined by local choirs from Rosa Parks and Fernwood Elementary schools!
Norman Foote received his first guitar from his parents at the age of 11. Influenced by the Beatles, Hank Williams, and Elvis, he soon switched to the electric guitar. This led to performing with garage bands throughout his high school career. At the age of 20, Foote left home to travel Australia and New Zealand and it was while he was abroad and performing with a travelling theatre group in New South Wales, Australia that Foote discovered his passion for puppetry and slapstick comedy.
Foote was one of the first artists to sign on for the Music Box Artist Series with Walt Disney Records. It is with Disney that he recorded his first two albums, FootePrints and If the Shoe Fits. In 1995, Foote teamed up with another children's performer, Fred Penner, and his company Oak Street Music to release his next album Shake a Leg. Oak Street Music continued to be a major contributor in the production of future records, including Pictures on the Fridge, released in 1997.
Foote's songs are witty and humorous, and use examples of life's valuable lessons to find inspiration for new songs. One of his many talents is his ability to take a small aspect of life and turn it into a subject worth singing about. His music is exuberant, good-natured, and fun with refined mannerisms. While Foote uses only his voice and guitar as instruments, he combines light jazz, pop, and folk music to create his own style that has helped keep his name alive for over 15 years. His first contemporary album, Domestic Rendez-vous, is geared towards an adult audience rather than children's ears. He uses influences such as Randy Newman and Billy Joel to create an edgier, more mature sound while still engaging listeners with his stylistic humor and charm.