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Rachel Sumner has a new blog page. Just click on "Blog" here or in the menu to see the new blog.

Below you will find the old blog from 2008-2017.

Friday, November 24th, 2017 3:10 PM

Christmas Recording Jingle All the Way

Prepare for the holidays with my Christmas CD or an mp3 of Jingle All the Way!

Saturday, August 26th, 2017 6:12 PM
Our TV Show is Airing 30 Times a Week!
We have an exciting announcement! Until these slots are filled by other TV shows, our TV show for children called My Storytime Place is being shown many times beyond our normal 6 times a week in Middle Tennessee.

Music City Arts (Comcast Channel 9, AT&T Channel 99)
Sunday 6:00pm
Monday 2:00pm
Tuesday 5:30pm
Wednesday 2:30pm
Thursday 7:00pm
Friday 2:30pm
Saturday 6:00pm

iQtv (Comcast Channel 10, AT&T Channel 99) 
Sunday 1:00pm
Tuesday 1:00pm
Wednesday 3:00pm=We've ask for this permanent time.
Thursday 12:30pm=OUR NORMAL TIME
Friday 3:00pm=We've ask for this permanent time.
Saturday 9:30am=OUR NORMAL TIME
Saturday 9:30pm

Access Nashville (Comcast Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99)
Sunday 6:30am 
Sunday 2:00pm
Sunday 10:30pm
Monday 7:00am=OUR NORMAL TIME
Monday 1:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am=OUR NORMAL TIME
Tuesday 3:30pm
Wednesday 6:30am
Wednesday 2:30pm
Thursday 8:30am
Friday 9:30am
Friday 5:00pm
Saturday 4:00am
Saturday 7:00am=We've requested this as a permanent slot.
Saturday 7:00pm
Saturday 10:00pm

My Storytime Place features the talents of these Nashville performers, educators, librarians, songwriters, poets and puppeteers: Kathleen Lynam, Mary Lafleur - Pink Elephants, Angel Pontier, Catherine Mai Holder, Rachel Sumner, Donna Reagan, Ginger Sands, Emily Green-Cain, Andrew Thompson, Dee Kimbrell and more!

Sunday, February 19th, 2017 6:10 PM
Tap Those Toes nominated for Best Children's album

I just learned that I've received a nomination from Just Plain Folks for their annual music awards, the largest in the country! Tap Those Toes is nominated for Best Children's album in the Just Plain Folks 2017 awards.

Thursday, September 29th, 2016 8:04 PM
Our 6th episode TV show "My Storytime Place" will air soon.
I just turned in our 6th episode. Our show airs six times a week!
"My Storytime Place" airs in Middle TN on Comcast's IQtv channel 10 every Mon 8 a.m., Thurs 12:30 p.m. & Sat 9:30 a.m. It airs on channel 19 every Tues & Wed at 7 a.m., & Sat 2:30 p.m.
You can view it any time online too. Just click on the link below. Then, click on "View Schedule" and do a search for our show! www.necatnetwork.org/iqtv-education/
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 7:41 PM
New MP3 single release Medley: "It's a Grand Old Flag/Yankee Doodle Dandy"

Purchase the audio version for just $.99 on CDBaby then sing and march along. It is perfect for any patriotic holiday or for your own fun parades! www.cdbaby.com/cd/rachelsumner8
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 9:38 PM
Regular time slots for our TV show "My Storytime Place" announced
We have regular time slots for our TV show "My Storytime Place." It airs in Middle TN on Comcast and AT&T Uverse's IQtv channel 10 every Mon 8 a.m., Thurs 12:30 p.m. & Sat 9:30 a.m. It also airs on channel 19 every Tues & Wed at 7 a.m., & Sat 2:30 p.m. It is available online too. Just click on the link below. Then click on "View Schedule" and do a search for our show! www.necatnetwork.org/iqtv-education/
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 3:22 PM
New MP3 single release The Moose Song (There Was a Great Big Moose)
Purchase the audio version for just $.99 on CDBaby then sing along, make your own moose antlers, and have a fun time! www.cdbaby.com/cd/rachelsumner6

View the new music video for this song on my Facebook Fan Page and "Like" me while you are there. The post for the video was on October 31, 2015. www.facebook.com/Rachel4kids
Sunday, January 17th, 2016 3:16 PM

We have regular time slots for our TV show "My Storytime Place"

Exciting news! Children's librarian Donna Reagan and I have been working for over a year co-producing a new children's television show. We turned in our first four shows. They have been approved and have been given time regular times slots.

"My Storytime Place" airs in Middle TN on Comcast's IQtv channel 10 every Mon 8 a.m., Thurs 12:30 p.m. & Sat 9:30 a.m. It airs on channel 19 every Tues & Wed at 7 a.m., & Sat 2:30 p.m.

You can view it any time online too. Just click on the link below. Then, click on "View Schedule" and do a search for our show! www.necatnetwork.org/iqtv-education/
Monday, April 6th, 2015 4:38 PM

My first mp3 single "The Bunny Boogie"

My first mp3 single "The Bunny Boogie" can be purchased on CDbaby for $.99. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rachelsumner5
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 10:49 PM

Review Jessica Lopa, Jersey Family Fun, November 2014

I don’t know about you but as the holidays get close, and by close I mean as early as October, we start playing holiday music in the house and in the car. My kids love putting on holiday CDs, listening to festive music and dancing while singing along. On Rachel Sumner’s Jingle All the Way, the amazing vocal stylings of Rachel Sumer will add even more excitement and joy to any household this holiday season. The collection consists of original songs and beloved classics that you are sure to love. It’s the perfect CD to get the entire family up and singing! 

Why do we LOVE Rachel Sumner’s Jingle All the Way? 
• Upbeat! The songs on Jingle All the Way are upbeat, festive holiday songs that get kids up and dancing. My boys moved all about the living room as we listened to all their favorite songs! 
• Perfect for sing-alongs! I love when a CD offers selections that are easy to sing-along to. Since so many tracks are well-known classics, it was easy for my boys and I to belt out the lyrics while dancing around the house. 
• Amazing vocals! Rachel Sumner along with her back up vocalists really capture the spirit of Christmas in their beautiful rendition of each song. You can tell they sing from the heart, which invokes even more holiday cheer throughout the household! 
Listen/Buy at http://www.rachelsumner.com/music, cdbaby.com or places like itunes.

Saturday, October 11th, 2014 4:46 PM

Children's Bookwatch Review of my new holiday CD Jingle All The Way: October 2014

Jingle All The Way is a holiday-themed music CD especially for children, but listeners of all ages will enjoy Rachel Sumner's vibrant performance of classic Christmas songs (plus her high-spirited original composition "I Can't Wait For Christmas"). The upbeat music, featuring the support of multiple band members, is perfect for getting into a festive holiday mood! Jingle All The Way is enhanced with three instrumental tracks ideal for sing-alongs, as well song credits, lyrics, and a coloring sheet that can be accessed if the CD is placed in a computer....

Listen/buy at http://www.rachelsumner.com/music

Saturday, May 10th, 2014 11:28 PM

Summer reading programs will start soon

I'm looking forward to performing at the libraries.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 10:18 PM

My new CD "Jingle All The Way" is now available digitally!

You can hear samples and download the recording at 
I'm not officially releasing it until September 2014 but friends and fan can get it in time for Christmas 2013. Let me know what you think. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, October 13th, 2013 12:25 AM

Jingle All The Way

I'm working on finishing my new recording "Jingle All The Way." I hope to have it available digitally before the holidays for sure. I may need to release it officially next year. My original plan was just to create some good tracks for my Christmas shows this year but they sounded so good I couldn't resist working on a new release. So, right now, I'm racing against the clock to get it done. You can hear a sneak preview on my Facebook page. Like me while you are there!  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151729788634685

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 4:38 PM

Summer Reading Concerts

Watch for me at your library in and near Nashville, TN this summer!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012 4:46 PM
Parents' Choice Award

Yippee!!! We won a Parents' Choice Gold Award for the TPAC Education CD we made last year called "Give Yourself A High Five." Congratulations to all of us: Ginger Sands, Jamie D. Robbins London, Kathleen Lynam, Jocelyn Jones Sprouse, Dann Sherrill, Lattie Brown, and our dear friend Mary Lafleur (who died from cancer a few years back & also won a NAPPA Award last week). It is an honor to work with all of you and to keep Mary's music and poetry alive together. http://www.parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=31092&StepNum=1&award=aw

Monday, May 14th, 2012 2:32 PM

Article in the Informer about my radio show

“Rachel’s Fun Time” radio show proves sweet treat for kids across globe through Radio Lollipop
(Nashville, TN) When songwriter and entertainer Rachel Sumner performs for youngsters in the Nashville area, it’s extremely common to see toothy grins, hear contagious giggles and high-pitched squeals of delight. Fortunately, children across the globe are now enjoying that same opportunity since Rachel’s Fun Time weekly radio show began broadcasting on the intercontinental airwaves of Radio Lollipop.
Monday, May 7th, 2012 8:48 PM

Rachel's Fun Time Radio Show airs weeking in 27 children's hospitals!

I'm proud to have my show in children's hospitals at 27 Radio Lollipop locations including the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia as well as domestic medical centers in Los Angeles, Houston and Miami. Learn more.

Friday, May 4th, 2012 11:54 AM

My new obsession? Making rabbits and chicks out of hard-boiled eggs!

Here are pictures from my Facebook fan page of my chicks
Here is a picture of one of my bunnies! Click here.
Sunday, October 30th, 2011 2:25 PM

My "Tap Those Toes" CD was reviewed in School Library Journal

School Library Journal November 2011
Tap Those Toes. CD. 65:10 min. Rachel's Records. 2011. ISBN 978-1-886673-16-8. $15. PreS-Gr 3-Award-winning performer Rachel Sumner's seventh album features 14 original and traditional songs and two stories. Excellent vocal and instrumental performances on keyboard, flute, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, brass, drums, percussion, and washboard enhance the songs, which are performed in a variety of musical styles, including swing, jazz, reggae/ska, Latin, sea shanty, rock, and folk. "Tap Those Toes" and "Doctor Knickerbocker" include participatory movements. "All Around the World" teaches phrases from Spanish, French, German, and Japanese. "Funga Alafia" is a West African welcome song, and "La Mariposa" is a traditional Bolivian song. "Cookin' in the Kitchen" encourages listeners to perform on pots, pans, wooden spoons, turkey basters, and other kitchen implements.
Other songs include "The New Itsy Bitsy Spider," "I'd've Baked a Cake," "Goldilocks," "Dry Bones," "Catch the Reading Bug," and others. Sumner expressively reads two stories. An adaptation of a traditional African folktale, "Imani's Trick" tells how a conflict arose between the flamingoes and the crabs at the local watering hole, resulting in flamingoes learning to stand on one leg. In "Chester's Surprise," Chester Chipmunk learns that caterpillars metamorphose into butterflies. The enhanced CD contains lyrics, downloadable coloring sheets, and videos (how to make slide whistle sounds with a turkey baster and footage of caterpillars turning into butterflies). This exuberant album will be a great contribution to multicultural programs.
-Beverly Wrigglesworth, San Antonio Public Library, TX

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 9:39 AM
September Plans
This month, I'm working on getting Tap Those Toes mailed out to children's radio and satellite programs and to reviewers and awards. It was submitted to the Grammy committee. Keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 9:33 AM

Woo-hoo! My new CD had a wonderful review from Children's Bookwatch July 2011

Tap Those Toes is a children's music CD featuring award-winning music and stories from Rachel Sumner. Educational as well as entertaining, Tap Those Toes features catchy, exuberant songs brimming with vigor and love. Putting the CD in one's computer yields bonus material: song lyrics, activities, pictures, and more. Highly recommended, especially for children's library collections.

Friday, May 27th, 2011 12:51 AM

My New CD "Tap Thoes Toes" is Here!

It looks wonderful and sounds good too. If you put the CD in your computer you can get a pdf of the song lyrics, fun activities, links to coloring sheets, movies, and more.
To listen and order see: http://www.rachelsumner.com/store
This is what librarians and educators are saying about it:

"Tap Those Toes is a multicultural delight, sampling songs and styles from around the world. These songs and stories celebrate the joys of friendship, movement, and reading."
– Jeanne Steinbrenner, Children's Librarian, Pittsford Community Library
"Rachel's music is a dance teacher's wish come true. If you are looking for fun, sophisticated music for intelligent children  - you've found it!"
–Marci Murphree, Second Story Dance Studio
"...will delight kids, parents and teachers everywhere....kids will be on their feet to tap and sing along!"
– Melissa Javors, Paragon Mills Elementary, Music and Elementary Educator
"From the first note to the last: a happy experience!"
–Donna Reagan, Children's Librarian, Bellevue Library

Thursday, May 5th, 2011 1:52 PM

New song "Tap Those Toes" will be released June 1st!!!

Pending any issues at manufacturing, my new CD is on schedule to be released on June 1st just in time to kick off library summer reading season!!! Be the first to get your copy and come to my shows that week at the East Nashville & Edmondson Branch libraries or in Carthage at the Smith County Agricultural Center.

Monday, January 24th, 2011 12:33 PM

New CD update! We are getting close to being done in the studio!

We almost have all the tracks recorded. I'm bringing in a male singer (a bass) to sing back up on a few songs and then we will be ready to mix.
Friday, January 7th, 2011 6:16 PM

New song "Tap Those Toes" from my new CD - hear a segment of it and enjoy!

Friday, December 24th, 2010 3:51 PM

My new radio program airs every Sunday 6PM (EST)

It is called "Rachel's Fun Time." No matter where you live you can hear it online at www.919witt.org every Sunday 6PM (EST).
Learn a little more about it at this link

Friday, December 24th, 2010 3:47 PM

I'm working in the studio on a new CD!

See a short movie with a sneak preview of it.
Behind the scenes as we work in the studio! Hear segments of some of the new songs and a story. See and hear the musicians in the studio.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 8:02 PM

New MP3s - A Retrospective especially for Rachel's adult fans

Do you enjoy country or jazz standards?
I've just released a few songs from past recordings I did for adults before my children's music career took off. For many years, I made my living as a professional singer for 21-piece orchestras, bands, The Rachel Sumner Trio, and a variety of popular duos. They are available as MP3 downloads only for $.99 each and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page on my music link http://www.rachelsumner.com/music
I'm offer 4 songs right now and plan to offer more later:
Full Moon Full of Love
Rocky Top
Sweet Dreams
Besame Mucho
Monday, August 3rd, 2009 4:43 PM
I just returned from a week tour working in Western PA for the Be Creative @ Your Library Summer Reading Concerts. The kids ranged from infants to 16 year olds. It was wonderful to have the older kids participate. They played the washtub bass, canjos, balanced peacock feathers, and participated in the fashion show. I met a wonderful 8 year old boy who heard me at the Jazz Festival in Erie 7 years ago. I made some new friends and got a few new chicken jokes that made me laugh.

Monday, July 20th, 2009 12:41 AM

My new CD is finally back from manufacturing.

Check out my music link http://www.rachelsumner.com/music and scroll down to Rachel's Lullabies Old & New. You can purchase CDs. I'm working on MP3s. It will probably be August before I can do this.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 11:59 PM

Rachel's Lullabies Old & New coming on CD and MP3 soon!

I've been working to get this project on to CD. The manufacturer that did my cassettes sold their company and my MASTER was in their warehouse! The company they sold it to couldn't find it so I have to go back to my safety reel-to-reel master, get it burned onto CD, and re-master it.
I'm working on new artwork right now. I hope to have it on CD in a couple of months and for MP3 download very soon.
Friday, July 11th, 2008 10:40 PM

Download a free MP3 and see new sections of my website - summer reading & monarchs

For summer reading show information and to download a free MP3 now through August 10 at http://www.rachelsumner.com/summerreading

Photos of monarchs in different stages of metamorphosis http://www.rachelsumner.com/Monarchs.html

The difference between moths and butterflies http://www.rachelsumner.com/ButDifferencesMoth.html

Sunday, February 17th, 2008 12:03 PM

Website and working on a new look

Watch for some big changes on my website. The nanny for two young fans of mine hooked me up with her talented son who has a passion for web design. His name is Michael McGuire. He lives in Rosemont, MI. I'm thrilled to have him working with me to help make my website look more aesthetically pleasing. 

For a little while, you'll still find a mix of my old black web pages. I've grown EXTREMELY tired of looking at black and a mish-mosh of colored text. 

My goal is to create a look that reflects the imagination of my work and captures my personality. I want it to be more visual, more fun, and provide information that is helpful to you. 

It is a work in progress so let me know what you like or don't like and what you'd like to see on this site. What would be helpful to you as a fan, parent, teacher, or venue manager?
Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 1:37 AM

My new Master Artist Workshop-Cookin' In The Kitchen

I have a new Master Artist workshop with Wolf Trap called "Cookin' In The Kitchen." Participants learn how to play homemade kitchen instruments like the wooden spoons, canjo (made out of two cans and fishing line) and turkey baster. I instruct everyone on simple techniques to play them and how to use them in the classroom to teach curriculum topics. 

I'm traveling to Virginia to present it in May and June. Call Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning in the Arts at (800) 404-8461 to book it at your Early Childhood Center. I present residencies too through them.

Sunday, January 21st, 2007 1:06 AM

Selected as an Arts Integration Specialist

I've been excited about being selected as an Arts Ingration Specialist with the Tennessee Arts Commission. We attended some fabulous training. Tennessee now have six new Arts Integrated schools. I hope to have the opportunity to do residencies at these schools.

Saturday, September 16th, 2006 6:59 PM

Rachel's Fun Time Too is on CD now!

I picked up the new Rachel's Fun Time Too CD this week. I'm thrilled. I rerecorded three of my old songs, added two new songs and remixed and mastered the entire recording. 

It also has new artwork by the talented Brian Hull from the main library. What a talent he is! Hear it at http://www.rachelsumner.com/music
Sunday, April 23rd, 2006 12:04 PM
I've been working in the studio on a new CD version of Rachel's Fun Time Too! I've added two new songs (PIZZA and The Wigwam Wiggle) and new recordings of Friends and Peanut Butter and Jelly. We will finish remixing and remastering the entire recording in mid-May. I hope to get it to the manufacturer in late May and have it out sometime early this summer.

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 11:44 PM
I won the District 63 Toastmaster's Humorous Speech contest that was held in Sevierville, TN this fall. I competed against 5 other excellent speakers from the district, which includes Middle and East TN, southern KY, and southern VA. I demonstrated some of my funny instruments and talked about how I burn everything I cook because the kitchen is filled with glorious distractions. Yes, the turkey baster was included! I also played a funny new instrument that I made. I call it a "Gluteous Rhythm Maker." 

Adults are just big kids. They laughed as hard as the kids usually do. A couple of people couldn't stop giggling. They giggle right through the minute of silence after the speech while the judges tabulated the score. Giggling is such a lovely sound. Don't you agree?

Monday, August 15th, 2005 12:11 AM
I've added two Quicktime video clips of sign language from my instructional video. See one on the link Rachel's Music by scrolling down to the video and looking at the song Friends or type in my secret page http://www.rachelsumner.com/lyrics.html and view them at the bottom of the page!

Thursday, August 12th, 2004 9:04 PM
The song Gootcha Gotcha Giggles from Join the Parade (cassette and CD) was just nominated for Best Children's song for 2004 by Just Plain Folks. 140,000 songs were submitted in a wide variety of genres. The winners will be announced at an awards show in Hollywood, CA on November 7, 2004. Wow!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004 8:23 PM
Keep an eye on my website. I've just learned how to make the updates I want so I'll be making changes and adding areas on my website that I've wanted to do for years! I'm starting with small things like getting all my product for sale on the site and updating my bio. From there I will take on other more involved tasks as I learn more.

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004 8:21 PM

Rachel's Fun Time is on CD!
Rachel's Fun Time is now on CD and now available on the website. Click on the link "Rachel's Music" or  see http://www.rachelsumner.com/music

You will hear songs that played for years on The Learning Channel like Purple Train, I'm Special and more.
Saturday, November 8th, 2003 8:25 AM
Join The Parade won Best Recording of the Year for Young Children in the Children's Music Web Awards! I am very proud since this award is the only children's entertainment award decided on by kids.
Thursday, July 3rd, 2003 6:25 PM
Good news for Nashville fans, Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Nashville is carrying my recordings again.
Monday, May 26th, 2003 8:29 PM
Many of you know my sister Wendy since she performs with me now and then. She and her husband had their first child May 24 at 1:15 AM. I was honored to be a coach during labor and the delivery with her husband. The labor was only 5 hours and 15 minutes. Wendy was incredible and the baby is a healthy 6 lbs. 7 1/2 oz girl. Her name is Serena Indira and she is beautiful. Both are at home now and doing well.
Tuesday, April 8th, 2003 7:37 PM
The Knowledge Tree stores are carrying my products now. They have 8 stores. Most of my product will be in the Memphis stores so call the other Knowledge Tree stores before you go. They can order my recordings, curriculum and video if they don't have them in stock.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2003 10:37 PM
I went to northern California and performed for four children's hospitals and a center for children with physical challenges. It was a moving experience for me. A couple of children at the special needs center participated in ways they hadn't in the past. Their teachers were excited and couldn't wait to tell their parents. I'd also like to share a little bit of this lovely letter I received from one of the hospitals. I'm so happy to have such rewarding work.

"We thank Rachel so much for visiting our patients and their families. Her songs were such a success with the kids. Even the children who are traditionally the quietest and most withdrawn enjoyed and even laughed during her time with them. The beside visits we so successful and (names of two children in the immune compromised unit) really perked up and smiled during her visit.

Such visits as hers enables us to engage patients and families in important "normal life experiences". Her special visit reminds us that even when children are hospitalized, they still need the involvement and connection of such activities."
Thursday, January 9th, 2003 9:22 PM
School Library Journal reviewed Join the Parade in their Dec. 2002 issue. Here is some of the review:
PreS-GR 2 - Rachel Sumner returns with her fourth Fun Time recording which offers a pleasing mix of upbeat music and spoken stories. Sumner has a voice that is particularly effective in broadcasting good cheer and energy. The mostly humorous and energetic songs are accompanied by a large number of instruments, including clarinet, cello, trombone and trumpet. . . . Liner notes give the lyrics so that older children may sing along. What makes the recording so appealing is the inclusion of several re-tellings of traditional stories that Sumner performs with great verve, using different voices and sound effects to make the tales even more appealing. Sumner is a strong storyteller and an energetic performer on this enjoyable collection. - B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY

Watch for Booklist's review February 15th!
Tuesday, October 15th, 2002 7:13 PM
Watch for reviews of Join The Parade in the Nashville Parent (Nov.), Memphis Parent (Oct.), Augusta Parent (Nov.) and other publications nationwide.
Wednesday, September 4th, 2002 9:59 PM
Some of the stores carrying my recordings, besides my web site, are:
Nashville, TN: West End and Brentwood Borders locations, Davis-Kidd Booksellers
Murfreesboro, TN: The Learning Circle
Memphis and Jackson, TN: Davis-Kidd Booksellers
Raleigh, NC: both Six Forks Borders
Rochester, NY: Pillings, Borders
Erie, PA: Borders

Any bookseller can order my recordings through these distributors:Baker and Taylor, Wholesale Books, Inc., and Rachel's Records.
Wednesday, August 28th, 2002 9:02 PM
I'm sending promotional copies of Join The Parade out to parenting publications in the US, radio and satellite stations through out the world and filling out forms for awards. This is a lot of work! Watch for the article in The Tennessean on Friday August 30 in the Davidson AM section!!!

Monday, July 15th, 2002 10:40 PM
My new cassette/CD Join the Parade is finally here! Yipee! I am placing them in stores and on my site.