Kathy Reid-Naiman makes children’s music so accessible that some adults secretly confess to listening to it just for themselves. Her songs bring the comfort of tradition and the sweetness of nostalgia – as well as the thrill of novelty and innovation to young listeners, and their caregivers too. For 20 years, Kathy has made high quality recordings for children with the diligence and professionalism you would expect from an adult recording. She believes that a great recording should transition smoothly between songs, and the musical arrangements should be varied. This simple, but disciplined approach is the reason why she has long been recognised as one of Canada’s leading early childhood recording artists.
In her hometown of Trenton, Ontario, Kathy grew up singing in harmony with her two sisters, in the shadow of their jazz guitar playing dad. Kathy began playing music for children in 1980 when her children were young, and over the years, she has developed an enriching music program that she continues to teach in libraries and schools throughout Ontario.
On her self-run record label, Merriweather Records Ltd., Kathy has recorded 15 CDs and one DVD for children. Her contribution to early literacy has been recognised across Canada through her inclusion in Newborn Literacy Kits in through the Ontario Early Years, BC Books for Babies, and Edmonton Public Libraries. Music continues to be the focus of her life and she delights in introducing children to the wonders of language and music