A new children’s musical group Coco and the Cockatoos shines a spotlight on ability and inclusion with Sydney singer/songwriter Jane Walker collaborating with her music student 10-year-old Coco Espie, who lives with cerebral palsy, to produce a new children’s album – ‘Wild Life’.
Launched this month, ‘Wild Life’ will have a live performance premiere at Taronga Zoo’s Dreamnight (for sick and disadvantaged children) in December. Two singles from the 10 songs on the album feature all new videos for the kids with ‘Crystal the Unicorn’ and ‘Peppi (The Woof Woof Song)’ about Coco’s own pet puppy.
It is the first offering from their newly formed music group which reflects Coco’s dream to make music despite her disability putting many hurdles on her journey.
Coco’s cerebral palsy and empathetic approach to life has given her a compassion for animals and children, which is how the ‘Wild Life’ album was born. Every track explores animals real and imagined with beautiful insights delivered by Jane’s detailed approach to researching and writing the songs inspired by Coco’s ideas and passion. Jane has worked with Coco for two years to create and deliver this exceptional project.
The album takes you on an adventurous exploration with camels, emus, kangaroos, tigers, roosters, dolphins, dogs, crocodiles and unicorns. It is an uplifting and educational release featuring ten unique songs about animals from all over the world, interwoven with messages about the importance of animal welfare and conservation.
The CD and T-shirts are now available along with three fabulous posters of Tiger in the Jungle, Crystal the Unicorn and signature Cockatoo, all via the website and copies of the CD are in the Taronga Zoo shop. You can also find the album on Spotify and Apple Music.
Every song sale supports three very worthy causes – Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, Taronga Conservation Society and Ocean Recovery Alliance.
‘Wild Life’ was produced by Jane Walker along with Jess Ciampa and Neal Sutherland. Sutherland also engineered and mixed the album that was recorded at Free Energy Device Studios in Camperdown, Sydney.
‘Wild Life’ now on Youtube, Spotify and Apple Music and at www.thecockatoos.com