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Singer-songwriter Chanelle Davis will visit Invercargill next month during her Chanelle & Friends Album Party Tour. Photo: Supplied

SINGER-songwriter Chanelle Davis is celebrating the release of her first children’s album – and children throughout the country are invited to the party.

Originally from Tauranga and now based in Auckland, Davis will perform at the Invercargill Public Library on August 1 during her Album Party Tour.

This would be her first big children’s tour, and she said she was excited about performing in Invercargill for the first time.

The concert would feature lots of singing, dancing – and cake, she said.

“Just come along and get ready to have a party. Get ready to sing and dance and jump around.”

Davis won the 2013 New Zealand Best Children’s Song Award for one of her first songs written for kids, If I Was A Fuzzy Buzzy Bumblebee

“When that happened I thought I could write some more – and eventually had enough for an album.”

Chanelle & Friends: The Little Green Turtle and Other Songs for Kids was released last month and features 19 songs about everything from rainbows to unicorns, kiwi, pukekos, snails, mice and even a Massey Ferguson tractor.

It was very interactive, with plenty of opportunities for children to sing and dance along with the music, she said.

“I think kids are going to love it.”

Davis said she thought it would be a great album for families to sing along to, and hopefully shouldn’t annoy parents.

“I think it’s cool for families, and for parents and kids, to sing together and connect.”

Davis collaborated with musicians from New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, Boston and Los Angeles. Author-illustrator Kat Merewether (Kuwi the Kiwi) designed the album’s artwork, including a pop-up turtle which swims when the CD cover is opened.

Davis said she had been writing songs since she was about 14-15 years old.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts in Songwriting from the Waikato Institute of Technology.

Since then she has released three albums, Better Than Alone, Since Yesterday and The Way I Found Youand has spent time in Boston, Nashville and Melbourne.

She also has a new country EP coming out this year.

“I love writing songs in general – in any genre.”

Friends, Invercargill Public Library, Tuesday, August 1, 10.30am. Free entry. To RSVP for the event, go to www.facebook.com/chanelleandfriends

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