Learn About Andyroo and the Andyrooniverse
Join AndyRoo on a musical journey to the AndyRooniverse — a magical town created by the ever-expanding landscape of children’s imaginations, where you’ll encounter swinging monkeys, a friendly platypus, Silly Sal the Salamander, and a big balloon that will whisk you away to a whole universe of exciting animated characters!
AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse is the children’s music project of producer/singer/songwriter Andrew Karnavas. A featured performer on Radio Disney AM 1590, Andrew has delighted kids of all ages at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, at the PBS Kids show at SXSW, and at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo with with Radio Disney on the Kids Country Stage.
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“Welcome to the AndyRooniverse is the debut album from AndyRoo, the kid-friendly alter ego of Andrew Karnavas…It is a heartfelt and substantial project, remarkable considering Karnavas spends a fair amount of time advocating proper dental hygiene. This is children’s music that will not make you want to put your head under a truck tire. Totally recommended for parents.”"My Top 10 Local Albums of 2011"
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And, most recently, master of the AndyRooniverse. Karnavas’ latest incarnation, AndyRoo, is a children’s singer who croons about animals, teaches the ABC’s and urges you to brush your teeth. It’s engaging, lighthearted and easy to remember.
“There’s a Thoreau quote that shook me up the first time I read it: ‘The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.’ I love making music, and I want to live a life that embraces what I love to do,” Karnavas says of his multitasking approach.
“I want to write and record all kinds of songs and play in front of all kinds of audiences all over the world. I want to write musicals and score films for different genres. I want to produce albums for other artists. There is always new work to be done and new chances to take.”
Some of the AndyRooniverse album’s sound effects, and the video for Hopscotch, were recorded at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Karnavas is planning a series of albums and heading up a summer music camp for kids (kidsjamhouston.com).
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After that, it was the Beatles and a lot of classical music. I remember listening to the golden-oldies radio station on a handheld cassette player and waiting for Beatles songs to come on so I could record them to tape.
Why should a kid (parent, really) choose your album over the Wiggles, Yo Gabba Gabba or other heavyweights?
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“AndyRoo’s music inspires children’s imagination. They were hopping on imaginary hopscotches, brushing their teeth, and swinging through the trees like chimpanzees. Their smiling faces showed the joy that AndyRoo’s music can bring.”Cara Clark
“Andrew Karnavas’ latest incarnation, AndyRoo, is a children’s singer who croons about animals, teaches the ABC’s and urges you to brush your teeth. It’s engaging, lighthearted and easy to remember.”Houston Chronicle