This month, more than 20 albums after Raffi’s seminal Baby Beluga first took toddlers by storm, the children’s troubadour will release a brand-new one: Owl Singalong. The jubilant mix of covers (“Garden Song,” “Abiyoyo,” “Somos el Barco”) and originals (“Green Dream,” “See the Moon”) hits stores on Jan. 15 (preorder here). But until then, Yahoo Parenting is exclusively premiering the album, streaming above.
Recorded mainly in his own British Columbia living room, Raffi made Owl Singalong with an extended family of talent, including his niece, Kristin Cavoukian, as well as a former childhood fan, Soraya Bowen, who contacted Raffi online and so impressed him with her vocal talents that he invited her to perform on the album.
“I really wanted to do another one while I was in the groove, and I had so much fun,” Raffi told Yahoo Parenting in October, referring to making another album just a year after his last, Love Bug. As for the question of whether he’s living in the shadow of “Baby Beluga,” still a favorite at Raffi concerts? “Not at all, actually,” he said. “I’m living in the light of it as it keeps playing on in me.”