Diamond in the rough

Milwaukee-based The Figureheads are doing something nobody else is doing: linking education with the rhythms of next-gen-friendly music.

April 23 rd 2010

"This is what? This is who? This is kiddo hip-hop."

Milwaukee-based THE FIGUREHEADS are doing something nobody else is doing: linking education with the rhythms of next-gen-friendly music.

Having been born out of their one-on-one mentoring for kids with autism, Asperger's and development disabilities, THE FIGUREHEADS have performed for half a million kids in their four-year career. With songs like "I Am Loved" and "Born for a Reason," they are spreading messages of encouragement and hope to school-age kids everywhere.

Comment met THE FIGUREHEADS late last year, and we're proud to present an exclusive special on this needle-in-a-haystack act.

Comment Exclusive: THE FIGUREHEADS
THE FIGUREHEADS

Special thanks to Jody Dowdall for video editing.

 

Collectively Jeremy Bryan, Greg Marshall and Dave Olson, a.k.a. the Figureheads, have won awards for their music and the book, You Come Too: A step toward inclusion for teachers and parents. Some of their awards include the Parent's Choice Gold award from the Parent's Choice Organization; the People's Voice Award from the International Songwriting Competition and the NAPA(National Parenting Publications Award). In 2008 and 2009, Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) recognized the group as Hip hop/ R&B/ SOUL GROUP of the Year.

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