The recipient of the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award is ASCAP member, Alastair Moock for his playful and heartwarming song “The Bright Side of Me.” Joe Raposo was one of the creators of Sesame Street and its first and longtime musical director. Some of his most famous songs include “Sing,” “It's Not Easy Bein' Green” and the “Sesame Street Theme”, which helped him earn five Grammys and multiple Gold and Platinum albums. .” The Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award was established by the family of Joe Raposo to honor his legacy. The Award supports emerging talent in the area of children’s music.
Moock has been writing and performing music for nearly twenty years now, moving from outside New York City to Boston in the process. It’s in Boston that Moock grew as a folk artist. He began to tour across the country and through Europe, even performing at events like Newport Folk Festival and Norway’s Bergen Music Festival. He was nominated for a Boston Music Award in 2007 for Outstanding Singer/Songwriter of the Year. It was in 2006 that his twin daughters were born and he was inspired to pursue family music.
Since 2010, Moock has released four family music albums, including his Grammy-nominated record Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids. The project was inspired by one of Moock’s daughters who was fighting leukemia at the time. After months of writing and collecting songs about the experience, he released the album in 2013 to critical acclaim, including recognition from NPR’s All Things Considered, Katie Couric’s web show Katie’s Take, and Good Morning America’s webcast. This June, Moock released a new album titled All Kinds of You and Me. This new work reflects on themes of gender, ethnicity, identity, and the evolving concept of family in America. All Kinds of You and Me includes Moock’s award-winning song “The Bright Side of Me.”