For Immediate Release
Nov. 10, 2014
[COON RAPIDS, IA] – Wilderman’s Treetop Tales children’s book and music album have hit shelves. Iowa artist and songwriter, Chad Elliott, released the interdisciplinary art, music and poetry project on Nov. 10, 2014.
“I am very happy to see this project finally come to life. I absolutely love singing these children‘s songs and sharing these paintings with families,” Elliott said.
This project has been in the works for 16 years -- ever since Elliott became a father. He wrote his first children’s song about the time he brought his son, Ashly, who is now 16, home from the hospital.
“It started as silly songs and poems I would write for my son, but I knew I wanted to do more with them once I had enough to put a book together,” Elliott said.
Elliott is an Americana singer/songwriter, who performs all across the country racking up 150+ shows per year in the adult world of music. However, he’s always wanted to devote a project to his littler fans and to his children. Elliott is the father of three: Ashly, 16, Eliza, 2 and Jackson, 1.
“I always have a guitar sitting around the house. My daughter really loves when I sing silly songs to her and many of the songs I chose for this project are her favorites to sing and dance to,” Elliott said.
Finally, in 2014, Elliott wrote and published his first children’s book, Wilderman’s Treetop Tales. The book contains 15 light-hearted poems both children and their parents can enjoy. Each poem is accompanied by one of Elliott’s original illustrations. Furthering this interdisciplinary project, Elliott has recorded 10 of the poems in song form in the Wilderman’s Treetop Tales children’s music album.
“I‘m produced it myself and I’m playing all of the instruments on this album. I play a wide range of instruments from a fiddle to a tin can and everything in between. There are songs about fishing with my Grandpa, ice skating on a frozen pond, as well as a lullaby for my daughter,” Elliott said.
It’s a big project. And he can’t wait for it to get bigger. In fact, he plans to release many children’s books and music albums. He’ll house them all under the name “Wilderman’s” as a book and album series.
“I chose Wilderman’s as a name, because it is a series of books and songs which will entice children and adults to embrace their own wild, youthful creative side. And, hopefully, to get kids to love the outdoors again. I think Wilderman’s works well in doing that and I plan on using it for many projects to come,” Elliott said.
Copies of the Wilderman’s Treetop Tales book and music album can be obtained through www.wildermansbooks.com or Amazon.com. The book is available locally at Elliott Art Studio/Natural Expression Photography, 622 Railway St., Coon Rapids, IA.
To learn more about this project, visit www.wildermansbooks.com. To learn more about Chad Elliott’s music career, visit www.chadelliott.net.