CHRIS & JESSIE
Meet The Apples!
Jessie & Chris Apple started Little Rockers - cool kids music classes in 2009 from a desire to bring music appreciation to families in a new, hip way. Since then, they've produced 9 albums of classroom songs, and shot numerous music videos. During the 2020 pandemic, they performed 165 live streamed music classes on YouTube for kids and families stuck at home during quarantine. Now with a cool new app they've developed, people all over the world can tune in and do music class with 2LittleRockers (their YouTube handle)
Liam has been a songwriter and performer for over 15 years. He has performed in several bands such as Gretna Greene, Shoemakers Guild and The Buttons with Little Rockers founder, Chris, and has contributed songs to all 6 Little Rockers class collection CDs. He leads his own band The East Indies as well as teaching private lessons at AppleJams and is the inspiration for the latest expression "More Liam!"
Deirdre Forrest has been working with children for over 14 years, as a pre-k teacher, babysitter, nanny, and has been a teaching artist with Little Rockers for about 6 years!! She has taught and cared for every age group, from infants up to teens, and truly enjoys watching them grow and learn, while having fun!
D began singing when she was very young, in choirs, an acapella group, and in many musical theater productions. She studied Theater and Studio Art at Stockton University. She is an award-winning singer-songwriter and recording artist. In 2012 she was awarded Top Female Songwriter at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards. She has been nominated for several awards for Female Vocalist in various award ceremonies. She has played at venues throughout NJ, PA & NY, including: The Stone Pony, The Bitter End, The Saint & the Legendary Dobbs. Deirdre has worked with artists of varying genres, lending her voice to several bands and recording projects. She is currently working on an Indie Rock solo project with acclaimed, Grammy Nominated producer Steve Greenwell, (who has worked with Joss Stone, Run DMC, Jeff Beck and LL Cool J, to name a few). Deirdre can be found playing at venues with her band, The Back Seams.
Deirdre loves that Little Rockers combines her two passions: teaching and music. She is continually inspired by the joy of the cutest rockers around, every single day.
4 songs I've been liking lately (from any time period old or new):
"Truth Hurts"- Lizzo, "I Just Want You"-Sara Bareilles, "You Get What You Give"- New Radicals & "Movement"-Hozier.
3 shows I binged and would watch again:
Stranger Things, Derry Girls & The Haunting of Hill House.
2 great movies I've seen more than 2 times:
Once & Garden State.
1 thing no one knows about me:
Singing is my biggest passion, but I also love shopping at vintage stores, painting, drawing, writing, reading and doing anything creative.
Hooked on music from an early age, Megan learned the violin and clarinet as a young child but eventually fell in love with playing the drums and ukulele. She sang with the Concert Choir while attending Woodbridge High School and the Glee Club at Fairfield University, where she had the opportunity to travel and sing in Europe. Megan graduated with a degree in American Studies with minors in Sociology and Film & Television. After working a couple of years as a toddler teacher at Bright Horizons, Megan earned her Master's Degree as a School Librarian and worked in two Woodbridge elementary schools. She decided to stay at home with her four children and now writes children's books including plays for the Little Rockers acting class. After enjoying being in the Little Rockers music classes with her own children, Megan decided to become a teaching artist!
4 songs I'm really into right now:
Walls by Tom Petty
You're the One by Greta Van Fleet
I Wish I Was by The Avett Brothers
There She Goes by The La's
3 shows I've binged and would watch again:
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
The Golden Girls
2 movies that I can never get enough of:
1 thing about me:
I am a huge bird nerd and go birding as often as I can. I've seen over 150 species of birds at my local park!