(pictured here with his children) performs his original and traditional
songs at various concert stages. From school & library events
to regional music festivals, Yosi's shows are whimsical, imaginative
and enthusiastic for his young audiences!
The popular composer and performer of children's songs, YOSI,
was born in the ancient city of Beer Sheba, Israel to working
class, immigrant parents from Poland. When Yosi was ten years
old, his sister became seriously ill with asthma, and the family
moved to New York City for a change of climate and better access
to medical care.
avid composer and performer since childhood, Yosi's first taste
of show business was in school musicals. He was seriously bitten
by the "show biz bug" early on. However, his parents, being quite
practical, discouraged these natural inclinations and sent him
off to college to become an engineer. Yosi's heart wasn't in it,
and despite his impressive mathematical abilities, he failed miserably
at his engineering studies.
this time, Yosi's creative juices were being recalled to life
by the irrepressible voice of punk rock. Devoted to the credo
of "be yourself," Yosi's band played a host of local clubs and
put out a full-length album. By day, he studied philosophy and
psychology at Rutgers University.
earning his B.A. in psychology in 1989, Yosi began working at
a group home for emotionally disturbed adolescents. As he learned
to help others, he began noticing that people often become physically
or psychologically ill when they are not "living genuinely," that
is, not listening to their own inner voice. His work helping others
led him to enroll in an experiential graduate degree program in
counseling at Montclair State College, where he earned a Master
of Arts in counseling in 1992.
married to his longtime sweetheart, Heather, Yosi settled in Island
Heights, a quiet town in coastal New Jersey, and spent ten years
working as a licensed family therapist. Creating songs and singing
became a joyful aspect of parenting the couple's four children.
the children grew, Yosi's family entertainments began to include
a circle of friends, and Yosi soon found himself performing for
his daughter's preschool class. Schoolteachers, administrators,
other parents, libraries, and bookstores began to seek Yosi out.
He quickly learned how to create a program that would motivate
children to pay attention, to laugh, sing, dance, and open themselves
up to the joy of his music.
heeding his own message about "living genuinely," Yosi decided
to give up his work as a counselor and devote himself full time
to his true calling: bringing a joyful experience to children
everywhere through his music. Ignoring the advice of many who
told him he could never support his family by performing for children,
Yosi plunged into his new life and now performs over 450 high
energy, humorous children's shows each year, to overwhelmingly
has released five award-winning albums for children: 'Monkey
Business', 'Under a Big Bright Yellow Umbrella', 'What's
Eatin' Yosi?', 'Super Kids Rock', and '...and A
Happy New Year'
'...and A Happy New Year'
Choice Awards® Gold Recipient,
10 Best Audio/Video Tape/CDs AND one of the 100 Best
Children's Products - 2009 by Dr. Toy, plus Winner of The
National Parenting Centers 2010 Seal of Approval
'Super Kids Rock!'
2009's Best Music For Kids, And Their Families,
and 2010 Creative Child Preferred
won the 2006
Children's Music Web Award Best Recording for Younger
Children (ages 5-8).
a Big Bright Yellow Umbrella'
was honored with SIX NATIONAL AWARDS: Dr
Toy, Smart Play Smart Toy Award, 2004
NAPPA Honors Award, 2004
Children's Music Web Award Best Song of the Year (ages
5-8) - "Stinky Blues", 2004
National Parenting Seal of Approval , 2004
iParenting Media Award, & 2004
Adding Wisdom Award. Its popularity is demanding
that parents and the world of children's media stand up to take
notice of a bright new star who really knows how to reach out
to kids everywhere.
& hear Yosi's CD's here: Yosi's
Check out Yosi's Photo Album!