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December 3, 2009

Baltimore's Milkshake nominated for a Grammy

milkshakeMilkshake, the Baltimore-based children's band, has been nominated for a Grammy award for Best Musical Album for Children.

"It's refreshingly unexpected," said lead singer Lisa Mathews. "It just feels good that our peers think we're worth at least a nomination."

Released in August, the album, "Great Day," is Milkshake's fourth, and is in great company, Mathews said. Other nominees in the same category include albums by Ziggy Marley, Jonathan Sprout and Buck Howdy.

"We were up against some heavyweights," Mathews said.

With "Great Day," Milkshake aimed to make an album that appealed to tweens and toddlers alike.  "I Want It," one of the dozen songs on "Great Day," is about materialism. ...

"I want five scoops of ice cream, piled up so high / whipped cream and a cherry, yeah, that'll keep me satisfied," she sings. "But all I want isn't all I need / I don't need a room full of things / I just need home, good books to read / The wind in my hair, a kiss on my cheek."

Mathews fronts the six-piece, which includes acoustic guitarist Mikel Gehl, bassist Cord Neal, drummer Tom Moon, electric guitarist Michael Sheppard and accordionist and keyboardist Brian Simms.

"It's a dream of theirs to go to the Grammys," she said. "It's going to be good to walk the red carpet. They should be proud, and I know they are. They're gushing about it."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:10 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Local music


Congratulations to my friends, Milkshake!

The honor is well deserved and overdue - it couldn't happen to nicer people.

See you on the Red Carpet!

Buck Howdy

i love them! nice to have music that i can agree on with my toddler. there are a lot of strong kids bands out there compared to previous generations.

Is Lisa Mathews from the great Bmore band Love Riot?

Yes, Lisa is from Love Riot.

Conrgatulations to Mike and Lisa! I remember when Mike walked into my shoppe so long ago asking if we would sell Milkshake CDs. I am so glad we did. The kids still love listening to the CDs! Keep up the great work!

Love Riot? How about Beyond Words? Now THAT was a band!

Congratulations Lisa, Mike, Cord and the rest of the band. It's good to see that others are now appreciating the talent that we've been able to enjoy in Baltimore for the past 20 years. Hope to see you guys again soon.

Steve & Adele

Congratulations, Lisa & crew! I look forward to meeting you and having fun with you all in Los Angeles next month. Of course, we've already won, just being nominated for a GRAMMY! ... Jonathan Sprout


How does one get nominated for a Grammy?

Artists and record companies submit candidates and then a group of "experts" vote on who to nominate.

It's a star chamber.

Thanks for the post.

I knew Milkshake would get this !!
Milkshake Rocks

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