ALL ABOUT THE FABULOUS LEMON DROPS
The Fabulous Lemon Drops are Dez and Vanessa Staunton, a musical duo based in Brisbane, Australia. They met in London while travelling the world. Dez was a musician with rock band Dubh Chapter and Vanessa was a backpacker on a journey to circumnavigate the globe. After the birth of their daughter they relocated to Vanessa’s home state of Queensland.
Dez's interest in writing children's music was inspired by the imaginations of the children he observed as a music teacher. Before becoming a teacher, Dez played bass in the rock band Dubh Chapter who were signed to Virgin, and recorded an album produced by Steve Hillage, best know for his work with Simple Minds. Dez's band played support to Blur, The Mission and New Order, whilst promoting their critically acclaimed album "Silence, Cunning & Exile".
Vanessa is also a teacher, and her physical education expertise and belief in the importance of movement to aid development has been a crucial ingredient in the creation of their energetic live shows. Her love of words, and in particular the writing of children's stories, provides the lyrical base for the band, which combined with Dez's music embodies the uniquely Fabulous Lemon Drops style.
Their first Fabulous Lemon Drops gig was in the garage of their home for their daughter’s eighth birthday. She wanted to raise money for the Starlight Children's Foundation instead of friends bringing her birthday presents. Dez and Vanessa provided the musical entertainment and it was so enjoyable that what was meant to be a one-off performance soon turned into a new career. Now with their daughter and various teenage friends playing characters in the band, they travel around Australia playing for family audiences everywhere.
Their collective experiences have enabled them to write songs that are original, easy to dance to and appealing to families. Dez wanted to make music for children, drawing inspiration from the music he loved such as sixties psychedelia and seventies new wave, and not traditional nursery rhymes. Vanessa’s love of books and experiences as a teacher motivated her to write meaningful lyrics designed to extend children, stimulate their imaginations and open up creativity. Together they have created a unique and highly interactive sound, designed to encourage children to smile, think, laugh and dance.
At a Fabulous Lemon Drops gig it is all about the kids! All performances are highly interactive and children can choose their level of involvement by dancing to the catchy original tunes, joining the band on stage to play a variety of exciting percussion instruments or even dressing up in a variety of colourful costumes. Alternatively they can just sit back and enjoy the show. At a Fabulous Lemon Drops show there is something for everyone.
The Fabulous Lemon Drops have released two CDs and a DVD, with their third CD "Dance!" due out soon. Their original songs are in high demand for use by educators, librarians and organisations across the globe, and are played regularly on leading children's radio stations worldwide. "I Love Reading", their song celebrating books and reading, has been featured on ABC TV in Australia, and is currently being played on television across the USA. The song has received over 450,000 views on YouTube to date, and Dez recently performed the song live on Breakfast with Spencer Howson on 612 ABC radio.
They were finalists in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Songs for Children Category in the Australian Songwriting Contest, reaching the Top 10 with "I Jump" in 2014 and "The Cowboy Song" in 2016. Their new song "Frogs Like To Hop" was Highly Commended in the 2016 Queensland Music Awards. The band has toured extensively throughout Australia, and has also performed in the United Kingdom. They are hoping the success of their song "I Love Reading" will enable them to perform in the United States in the near future.
The band's future plans are simple - they intend to keep performing high quality children’s entertainment to as many children as possible - changing the world one smile at a time.