02 Mar NYC Family Musician Joanie Leeds and 6-Year-Old Daughter Joya Debut New Vaccine Song
by Marisa Torrieri Bloom
NYC-based musician Joanie Leeds writes clever, funny pop-rock songs that emphasize social responsibility for all ages. Her most recent full-length record, “All the Ladies,” which espoused important messages about empowerment and gender and featured an all-female instrumental and production crew, won the ‘Best Children’s Album’ Grammy in 2021.
And her latest song and video, which comes on the heels of her 2020 full-length record, is also a deeply personal one. The upbeat and timely “Fauci Ouchie” is a collaboration with her littlest fan: 6-year-old daughter Joya.
The mother-daughter duo dispatches clever lyrics and a vibrant melody so kids feel good about getting their Covid vaccines — an especially important message as the U.S. eases school mask mandates ahead of spring. There’s a charming backstory to the tune, too: After receiving her first vaccine, Leeds’ daughter obtained a book about Dr. Fauci and she couldn’t put it down. Hence, she started referring to her second shot as her “Fauci Ouchie.”
Knowing some kids might be a little scared of getting vaxxed, Joya hopes to get the point across that, “it wasn’t so bad.” We think parents and kids will agree once they listen to the song — the first track that Leeds independently produced, engineered and recorded — here: