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 theatrical Stories Full of Songs performances nationally and also leads songwriting workshops for school-age kids. She shares her weekly podcast, April Eight Songs & Stories here on her blog and on iTunes.
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 of course, she also walks her bossy little dog, Roxie.
April thinks following your dreams is the best thing anyone can do for themselves. Besides listening to fairy and goblin podcasts and making stuff. And dancing around. Oh, and laughing. But besides that, following your dreams is on the other top of the list.