With a sophisticated roots- and rock ‘n roll vibe, mellow-voiced singer-songwriter-guitarist Josh Lovelace reaches out to all ages with uplifting, stand-out songs. Friendship is a recurring theme (“Forever My Friend,” “Goodbyes Are the Hardest Thing to Do”), and so is confidence-boosting (“Hey, It’s a Good Day” [even if things go wrong] and the lovely, follow-your-dream, “Butterfly.”) Lovelace warms each track with genuine heart, clear respect for his target audience, and parental caring. The album leaves listeners with touching reassurance in “You Are Loved,” a soulful, child-validating message from a parent’s point of view: “I don’t have al the answer to the things that make us cry./I am 34 and I am daily asking why. Sometimes life gets hard./We scrape our knees and break our bones/but we’re in this together,/take my hand, you’re not alone.”
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.