Praised as “a Chicago VIP,” Tunes with Tim (a.k.a. Tim Bredrup) is back by popular demand with today’s release of his second kids’/family album, We’re All Human. The album has just been honored with a 2021 NAPPA Award.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Grammy-nominated Jamie Candiloro (R.E.M., The Eagles, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson) and mastered by Grammy-winning Scott Hull (Sting, Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, John Mayer), We’re All Human features 11 original songs loaded with Tim Bredrup’s characteristic Chicago friendliness, in styles ranging from pop, rock, and jazz to world and hip-hop.
“I chose to name the album after my song ‘We’re All Human,’ which is a response to the racism, division, and hate that’s been surfacing in the U.S. of late,” says Tim Bredrup. “I wanted to try to counter that with a message of love, unity, and equality to remind people that we have more similarities than differences and that we can create a world where every child belongs to us all – and all of us belong to every child.”
Album highlights include “PBJ,” which seems destined to become everyone’s favorite song that extols the glorious mixture of peanut butter and jelly. This number’s funky sounds are reminiscent of ‘90s hip-hop artists like Dr. Dre, Snoop Doog, Notorious B.I.G. and Diddy. “Ziggy Zaggy Zoo,” a tune inspired by the animals in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, dances to a variety of instruments that provide layer upon layer of Caribbean rhythms. “Do the Wigglebutt” honors grunge/rock bands like Nirvana and Jet, while the sweet, semi-swing/jazz inflections of Tim Bredrup’s vocals on “Let’s Get Ready to Go” pay homage to the iconic stylings of Randy Newman.
Tim Bredrup has a music degree from Valparaiso University. A true renaissance man of music, he began classical piano training at age three and has since become a whiz on the guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and drums/percussion. (He’s currently working on his banjo skills.) He even sings barbershop quartet and also performs regularly with his “adult band” Fletcher Rockwell. What all these activities have in common is that Tim thrills to the chance of inspiring others to love music as much as he does.
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