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|Secret Agent 23 Skidoo|
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo (or SAS23) is a Grammy Award-winning Family Hip-Hop musician from Asheville, North Carolina. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been performing on the Children's Music scene since 2008.
After a decade touring nationally as a rapper and producer in Granola Funk Express, and sharing the stage with the likes of Run DMC, Mos Def and P Funk, he released his first Kid-Hop album in 2008. He has been on the kindie rock scene ever since and has celebrated reviews and features on NPR’s All Things Considered and in Time Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Cookie, USA Today and on kid-blogs including Zooglobble. His songs speak of dragons, blue grasshoppers and talking clouds and convey positive messages and simple life lessons through hip-hop.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo serves as the official spokesman for the New York State Library System Children’s Summer Reading Program and is the 2010 and PSA spokesman for the US Library System's Collaborative Summer Library Program. He can be heard and seen in radio and TV commercials nationwide promoting summer reading programs at libraries. He has performed for kids in libraries and schools across the country.
He released two albums with Happiness Records, Easy (2008), and Underground Playground (2010). Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has had ten #1 radio hits on XM/Sirius Kids Place Live! and has played prestigious venues including Kidzapalooza, Austin Kiddie Limits, The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Philadelphia Zoo, NYC’s Irving Plaza and the Smithsonian Museum.
Easy, his debut album, encourages kids to be themselves, overcome fears, appreciate family, value healthy living, and above all else to “Have Fun”. On Underground Playground, he encourages kids to respect uniqueness and live life to the fullest. The album includes songs such as “Ride the Butterflies”, “Chase the Rain”, “The Whalelephant”. “Speak the Truth” features Gift of Gab. The national board of judges for Fids and Kamily poll named Underground Playground as #5 for Best Kids and Family Music of 2010.
At the 59th Grammy Awards, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo was awarded a Grammy for Best Children’s Album for his record Infinity Plus One. At the 57th Grammy awards, his record, "The Perfect Quirk" was nominated for Best Children's Album.