Hooray for Songs & Stories!

Your family is heading for delight. April Eight Songs & Stories is a charming original fairytale podcast series for the whole family. Listen together as a lovely green world of wonder full of humble gnomes, sparkling fairies and grouchy trolls, mischievous woodland creatures and magical butterflies who are more than they appear to be, take you on adventures where everyday kids, tricky witches, lost crowns and fearless queens encounter magical potions and wondrous journeys. Giggle, laugh out loud, think a little deeper, hold your breath, smile – and get ready for your kids to say, “Play it again!” For on the April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast, unexpected heroes take the day in pursuit of life’s simple truth: Love conquers all and will always find a way. Start with Episode 1, and let the fun roll on from there. Subscribe today and never miss a story!

Who is April Eight?

April Eight is the happy creation of writer, musician April Combs Mann. April Eight is the creative outpouring of stories and songs for children from musician, writer, and educator April Combs Mann aka, April Eight. Always up for fun, April shares her April Eight Songs & Stories Podcast here on her blog and on all of your favorite Podcast apps. April also shares her Stories Full of Songs nationally at festivals and events. April leads songwriting workshops for school-age children.

In days gone by, our friend April fronted a raucous alt-rock band named Arson Garden. She jumped around on stages and sang her heart out on tours across the US and Europe, recorded in fancy studios like Prince’s Paisley Park, and doing other prestigious stuff like recording a Peel Session at BBC Radio One in London and playing Lollapalooza. It was super fun.

So how exactly did alt-rock April become April Eight? Well…

– One night, not so very long ago, I was reading a book to my dear young daughter. Suddenly, a band of Pixies wandered right across our page. I wondered what they might sound like and then, just like that, I knew. I could hear them perfectly. And that is when it all happened – in that moment I could hear the songs and see a whole new world of joyful, delightful ideas to sing and write about – and that’s how I became April Eight. – 

April lives near the river in Cincinnati, Ohio with her two daughters and her dear  husband. She has a masters degree in Design and is earning her certification in Remedial Support within the Waldorf education tradition.

When April is not podcasting, writing music or making videos, performing, leading workshops and blogging for April Eight, she works on her novel for middle school kids and teaches at the Cincinnati Waldorf School. And of course, she also walks her bossy little dog,  Roxie too.

The full April Eight Songs & Stories website will be back online soon. For now, please listen on KidsListen , Stitcher, Googleplay, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.