The Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock 2, Kids, Moms & Music

September 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm , by

Rocker ScottIt was a rockin’ end-of-summer for my 4-year-old son, Scott (that’s him at right in his electric guitar shirt), and me. Week before last was Scott’s music camp, where director Jeremy Zmuda brought in a different band every day (bluegrass, Caribbean, Brazilian, Bulgarian), shot the video for his new kids’ album, Use Your Words,  and recorded a CD of the campers singing and playing instruments along with all the special guests. Right after camp, we hopped in a rental car and drove the six hours to Grandma’s house, blasting Jeremy’s catchy tunes with good-behavior-encouraging lyrics and belting out the cool world-music songs Scott learned at camp (thanks to the CD, I got to learn them, too). We were so busy singing that we only got to one of the videos I’d brought to entertain Scott with on the long drive, and both of us had fun.

cherry-199x300Same story on the way back home this past Monday. We have a new friend in the neighborhood, Nelson Serieux (stage name Cherry L, photo at left), who gave us a homemade CD. I had low expectations—sure, aspiring singer/songwriter, how cute. Then we popped the CD into the car stereo Monday and I was blown away.  The man should be selling out arenas.  Every song was top-40 infectious—kind of reggae/pop/r&b/hip-hop fusion—and Scott couldn’t get enough, so we spent nearly 6 hours singing along with Nelson, the videos and car games forgotten. Scott’s fave was “Please Stay” (“I don’t want to see you go-oh-oh” belted Scott), which we probably replayed at least 25 times (glad I liked it, since I can’t get it out of my head). I had my own favorites, like crossover-hit-sounding “Candy”  and the more dancehall-style “Turn Me Loose,” best breakup song I’ve heard in awhile (I’m a single mom, what can I say?). Best of all, Nelson is someone Scott knows, so I took the teachable-moment opportunity and told Scott if he practiced, maybe he could do that, too. When we got home and checked out some of the Cherry L videos on YouTube, Scott said, admiringly, “Nelson had to practice a lot to sing like that.” Lesson absorbed, ding!

117777_3241Well, he’s no Scott Sloan, but Joe Jonas and his brothers (screeeeeeam!!) and Demi Lovato are back at music camp themselves this Friday, September 3, when Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam premieres on the Disney Channel (8 pm ET/PT). For the occasion, Radio Disney shared some exclusive data with Ladies’ Lounge on the impact of music in the lives of kids and moms. Basically, it’s what Scott and I have been living this past week: Kids love music, it’s a great way for moms and their kids to connect, and it benefits kids creatively and intellectually. More specifics after the jump.

One thing moms and kids can agree on? Music is cool! According to Radio Disney’s recent survey of moms nationwide and their kids age 9-14 (data released exclusively to Ladies’ Home Journal), kids rate music high on the list of their favorite activities, and the majority of moms see music as being beneficial, stimulating kids’ creativity (84%) and intellectual development (77%). Moms also think music helps their child become well-rounded (79%) and teaches discipline through learning to play an instrument or to sing (72%). Yep, I’m not the only “teachable moment” parent out there! Piano lessons, here we come…

Music can calm a cranky child. It actually worked for my 4-year-old on that endless car trip. (Thanks, Jeremy and Nelson!) The tweens surveyed said that music puts them in good mood (75%) or leaves them feeling relaxed (56%) or energized (54%) after listening to some tunes. Nearly one in two (45%) feel inspired, while another 38 percent get creative when they are engrossed in music.

Music can bring moms and kids closer. Instead of being in our own separate zoned-out states on that car ride, Scott and I were bonding over beats (he loved the percussive “zoop” of a synthesizer in one of Nelson’s songs) and talking about the tunes. We’re not alone. In Radio Disney’s survey, over four in five (83%) moms say they listen to music with their 9-14-year-old because it’s fun, while 66 percent enjoy singing along to the music with their child. This isn’t just mom’s point of view, either. Over three in five (61%) 9-14-year-olds say they listen to music with their parents because they have fun together.

Do you and your kids bond over music? Or do you argue over genres? Any shared favorites? Tell all!

72 Responses to “The Jonas Brothers, Camp Rock 2, Kids, Moms & Music”

  1. I’ve heard several of Cherry L’s songs – he’s so talented! I also hear that he’s the top artist in St Lucia. His songs are energetic, catchy and great to dance to, with deep, witty lyrics. I looked on his website http://www.cherrylmusic.com/ and he has amazing thought provoking, socially conscious poems too. I hope to see more of him!


  2. Wow! Cherry L sounds as good as he looks :P Turn me loose is an Awesome tune. When are you coming to the West Coast Cherry?


  3. Singer, song writer, poet this man is multi talented …….big up to cherry…….


  4. I agree that kids and parents bond over music I can never forget my mom getting the latest albums for our long drives new edition to Mj she is responsible for the musician I am today. She is the reason I know almost every carpenters lyric! Music helps bridge the gap and strengthen the bond.


  5. he has IT.


  6. Love the cherry l article it was so interesting n I cud related to scott n his mom because I also got a hold of cherry L songs n my neice was so into it….like scott her favorite is Please stay….I guess da hook is catchy n ez to remember….overall I must salute cherry L for such great production n talent…..definately gonna be looking out for more ……ding!


  7. Bless and highly favored….cherry L cherryL been loving his tunes from high school n for me it just keeps getting better.my favorite which I can’t get enough of Please stay is on my phone Ipod cd lol just can’t enough ….Bless up nelson


  8. Cherry L is a great artist. Im really loving his new mixtape.


  9. Cherry L my brilliant cousin who took St Lucia by storm (for those of you who don’t know st Lucia is the most beautiful island in the Caribbean). My favorite track by cherry L is “Breed” check it out guys definitely coming up yo. Big up Cherry young josh out


  10. You’re right about Cherry L – the sort of tunes that really get stuck in your head! I’ve got dozens of new songs I need to listen to but am still stuck listening to his “I Make Music” … can’t get enough of it!


  11. so proud of you man..great music keep in up 100% support all the way…..


  12. Cherry L is a talented artist and his music makes you want to keep dancing. His mixtape “I Make Music” is full of hits!


  13. Nelson is a very talented artiste, who is going places, his music and poetry speaks to everyday experiences that everyone can relate to…. Keep striving Nelson and stay blessed its gonna. B E A OK….


  14. I think that Nelson has great songs. I remember since in high school singing has been his passion. He sure rocks the St. Lucia’s home stage. He is great.


  15. proud of u cherry L!!!
    :)
    Keep it up!!


  16. That’s great cherry I know you got potential so I am not surprised….I hope your music can affect everybody in the same way soon.


  17. Yup Cheryl is one my favorite singer/ song writers .. his music is absolutely infectious and so is his charm when he performs. The guy is awesome!!! Big up to St. Lucia!!


  18. Big up Cheryl… representing for st.lucians true musicans… he is a great song writer and performer.. looking for big things ahead.. stay strong in ur musical journey.. Blessed love


  19. BIG UPS TO CHERRY L!!!

    Top notch always, working with him has been a pleasure, he always comes correct, and then FLIPS it! We goin strait to the top boyee!!

    As a child music was the only thing that spoke to me. Everything I know about life i learned thru music. Showing children music, and teaching them is one of the most important things a person can do.
    NUFF SAID!


  20. Your fullest potential is within you to realize. Keep on moving on up. You’ve got the looks, the talent and I do believe the world is yours for the taking – go on and make yourself “best new artist” someday soon.


  21. WOWO.. I love it.. cherry L is the truth!! ;-) Keep it going!!!!


  22. BIG CHERRY L !!


  23. I REMEMBER CHERRY GIVING ME HIS SONGS TO SPIN UP IN THE CLUB AND I HEARD PLEASE SATY AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG AND I TOLD HIM THAT THIS SONG WILL TAKE HIM REAL FAR “MAIN STREAM” HIS OTHER SONGS ARE ALSO ON POINT!THIS DUDE IS JUST TALENTED!! CHERRY I SEE YOUR FUTURE BEING REAL BRIGHT! KEEP DOING YOUR THING.KEEP IT POSITIVE AND KEEP REPPING ST.LUCIA (758).ONE LOVE!


  24. It’s nice to see Cherry L’s music being appreciated outside of St. Lucia. Like I told you before when we first started putting lyrics to beats, You were born for this. Music is life.


  25. HEHE ^_^ … wonderful story…. really believable ///Cherry L’s music gotz tht effect on ppl…. and i think dude… if he continues to do wht he’s doing… aint no tellin wt may happen next… XD


  26. Yes wanna say shout out to Cherry Lipz…You’ve come along way(st.lucia) and its so worth it.. Am so proud of you…Its good to see a young an talented indiviadual from a little boy grown to do such wonderful things as a grown man…your music sweet my heart and I love it…Stay Bless and continue to SHINE like the STAR you ARE…


  27. Cherry L To The World St Lucia Got Mad Talent Mad Versatility Open Up Your Hearts People Let Us In.


  28. Well I personally know cherry and if there is 1 thing I know about him is this guy is talented and has great love for music.He’s gifted and I know he’s gonna make it.Cause he won’t stop at nothing. And he knows he got some good supported behind him.. 1 Luv CHERRY. Give it to them.. #2 you check it :)


  29. bless keep up the good work a dream can only cross threw the demension of thought to reality by the sweat and determination of the dreamer


  30. keep it up boo
    u r making us proud no doubt
    luvin it


  31. DANG CHERRY
    U HAVE AN EFFECT ON ME SO AM NOT SURPRISED :)
    KEEP DOING IT BIG
    WAW I JUST LIKE HOW U GONE PUT LUCIA ON THE MAP FUH REALS IN THE NEAR FUTURE LOL IF YUH KNOW WAM SAYING <3


  32. Known this bredren Cherry L for a long time now, great character, great tallent, excellent ambassador for the music and I believe that a record Label should give him a really good opportunity, which I believe will be a profitable agreement, Its all about the marketing, let the entire world find out what we already know.


  33. It’s about time that someone discovered what a wonderful talent the Nelson possess. Sometimes we take for granted the people we think are just fun in our community, especially in our country. It’s always when a talented person leaves St. Lucia that he is then discovered and makes fame. Cherry L lives up the street from my house and is closely related to me. I wish you all the best Nelson….Dream big and make it happen!!! I wish you all the positives and more….Here’s wishing you loads of success with your wonderful voice and music. May your song always be sung. Looking forward to all the good things that inevitably will happen. Soar!!! Homeboy!!!


  34. Big UP CHERRY its nice to see someone else than lucians saying great thing about u.Hope to see your songs hit top ten one day soon maybe colaborate with man JAY Z or EMENIM ..KEEP DOING WHAT U DO BRO…….


  35. BIGUP CHERRY L,, love to see you climbing to the heights my king,,,reppin for us all lucians abroad and at home,,and all caribbean artists,,u are amoungs the best and deserve every praise and upliftment you get,,,bigup and blessings my king,,,,RAS HARI


  36. cherry l is my home boy my bro doing big this all the best love gods guidance and rep for the lucians u got our support babes much love


  37. LOVE U CHERRY BLESS UP LOVE U MUCH KEEP DOING YOUR THING WE GOT UR BACK HERE IN LUCIA ………BIG TUNES LOVE THEM


  38. Hey Chery L….m so proud of you…and you have been making us proud Lucian…continue doing your thing i hope this exposure will definitely open doors for you in the right direction…blessings my yute


  39. It’s time we as St. Lucian get noticed and by reading this article, I noticed a promising successful story for our talented musician, Cherry L. I wish him nothing but the best! Keep up the good work star!


  40. BIG UP TO THE MAN CHERRY L….THE BROTHER GOT TALENT N HE GOT ST LUCIA RITE BEHIND HIM….KEEP DOING WAT U DOIN MAN THE HARD WORK WILL PAY OFF..BLESS UP!!!


  41. Its amazing to have witness the talent of Cherry L , he has performed at 2 of my events and RIPPED THE STAGE TO SHREDS, its nice to see the expansion.
    Keep it GRAE & Collective


  42. cherry! i know u r soooo talented!keep it up man!
    i love the song..
    i ve never seen a girl like you—-
    aowwwwwww


  43. yoo!! big ups cherry L this guy is working real hard at his dreams!! im glad u got the opportunity to hear his work.. “please stay” is my fav of his too!! i find my self subconciously singing it all the time around the house!! his mixtape he has now is really good too..check it?!


  44. big up Cherry L…Your hard work paying off…


  45. you make STLucia and the caribbean proud keep up the good work . I am so proud of you ,you have God given talent and you are using it beautifully .youw word are well put together . i love thew way you write you just go to another higher and deeper level..


  46. cherry l haz skillz


  47. Making St Lucia proud with your incredible music. A bright future ahead
    xx


  48. Music speaks life to me. I grew up with music of all genres each speaking to me in a different way. To develop a genre of music takes the greatest of talents and all who know Cherry L know that this man spells out loud TALENT! You have my full support man and you know St. Lucia especially MOPO is behind you all the way! Your attitude towards life and music affirms to me that there is no other direction than forward for you! God bless!!! Can’t seem to get that Friday song out of my head so that’s my favorite for now because I know there is another to come.


  49. Keep doing ur thing Cherry, Jah guidance!!! You will definately make St Lucia proud!!!


  50. CheryL has been doing this for a while I am quite proud that finally the world can now experience this wonderful talent…….like I always Say from VFCSS to the world……With Skill at will and Music tough as Steel……Keep true to your music hommie


  51. Cherry is the man!! Proud of you my brother, the world is at your finger tips and you have definately made all of us proud. I know its the begining of a lot, since you have the drive determination and the correct attitude for it. Can wait to own a bit of your music as part of my collection. Big Up… BOOM!!


  52. Cherry L is an awesome performer/artiste. One of the best to come out of this small island and making it big in the world. So inspiring. He’s got the looks, the talent, the skills, the works. He must be commended for his work. Keep it up Cherry L! You’re the man!


  53. Big up Cherry L!!! Keep doing your thing man!!! We are all proud of you ^_^


  54. i sat next to this boy in school we always knew he would be a wonderful entertainer. do the damn thing cherry. im proud of u. skys the limit. woop woop


  55. Big up to my very good buddy Cherry L. The sky is da limit my boy keep making us all proud. Nuff love and respect


  56. big up to you rasta…dan kno wicked mixtape always tell you that please stay is a mad tune ee..bring them out ill be repping


  57. CHERRY l …I’ve watched u grow as an artist..and you definately need THAT BIG BREAK so the world could enjoy that good music u bring… i WISH u nothing but the best,,,,One lOVE


  58. Cherry L there is too much to say about you. I don’t even know where I should start so instead I’ll just make it short. Yout music is awesome dude. From day after hearing Please Stay I told you that will be your number one radio hit and I trully believe it will. Your talent is only gona be escalating cause your are trully bless kid. Love all your music and hope to see you on billboards soon. Keep it up L.


  59. Big respect to the man himself, cherry L to the world.keep doing ur thing, we are proud of you ^_^


  60. Hey Cherry! finally people are seeing the great talent that you possess. Keeo the good faith and soon your songs will be a hitttt on the radio. Stay bless dude… We all believe in you…and your songs are the BOMB!!!!!!!!!


  61. this dude is one of my favourite artistes from st lucia.glad he is featured on this site.he is huuuuuuge .booom


  62. I researched this guy and he is really talented. He should make it big soon, I’ll follow his progress


  63. such profound talent…. a star in the making…the best artiste by far in st.lucia, bringing total pedigree to the game that it has been starved of for a while… blessings dan…CHEERY L yuh large!!!!


  64. What awesome authentic music and voice and so easy on the eyes. Sign him up please!


  65. BOOM,BOOM,BOOM.Large up Cherry L.Saint lucia pon de map.Keep it going my bro,you getting dere.


  66. big respect to the 1 and only cherry L multi talented youth,I think music should adopt you, keep the fire burning just a little more oil in your lamp!!!


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