Austin Kiddie Limits Spotlight: Tim Kubart

Before I heard Tim Kubart’s new CD, Home, I had never listened to a children’s music album all the way through. I was blown away with the smart lyrics that are appropriate for a small child and still fun to listen to for an adult, and the catchy, multi-dimensional music. 

My six-year-old is addicted to it, and we listen to (or watch the video for) “Breakfast Club” every day before school these days.

ACL with Kids had the opportunity to meet Tim while at ACL in October, and he told us a little more of his story:

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When Tim was in college at Fordham, he enrolled in a class called “Women in Theology”, and a service project was required of the students. Tim picked a homeless shelter for women and children and worked in the nursery; he loved kids and found it to be a natural fit for him. He began making up and singing songs to the kids, and the director of the homeless shelter asked him to stage a small concert for the children. He wrote a song called “The Octopus Song”.

Tim said, “Within a minute, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

Since then, Tim taught preschool, did some acting and moonlighted as a session musician, and played birthday parties for the kids of P. Diddy, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, among other big names.

Tim also hosts the only live morning show for preschoolers, "The Sunny Side Up Show,” on NBCUniversal’s Sprout channel. With his buddy Chica the Chicken, Tim sings songs and performs skits live every day, 365 days a year. Some of his favorite visitors include OK GO, Lentil the Dog, Matt Lauer, Wrangler the Dog, and the First Lady, Mrs. Obama. Tim made his Sprout debut in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2013, and has appeared in NBC's PSA campaign "The More You Know."

“I want people to know that although it’s under my name, it’s a huge collaboration,” Tim said.
“I write a lot with Matt Puckett from Mother Falcon and we have been writing together since the beginning. I’m so lucky that I get to do this thing with my best friends.”

His new album, Home, the first since “Anthems for Adventure” in 2013, is a pop-based collection of songs based on Tim and Matt’s childhood memories and resulting wisdom.

“We tried to make the album sound very now,” Tim said. “We listened to music that’s on the radio and tried to get it to sound like current music.”

Tim lists his influences as fellow ACL player Justin Roberts; also The Muppets and Jim Henson, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. Growing up, he says he listened to Weird Al and Blink 182. 

Tim continues to play shows for kids and families almost every weekend, and leads music classes and birthday parties. He is a professional actor and voiceover artist, with credits on primetime television, soap operas, and numerous national commercials and campaigns. He has played the leading man in a web series for both CosmoGirl and

He is also a working actor and musician, most notably as the house bass player for America's Got Talent, performing live from Radio City Music Hall to 12 million people nationwide.
Tim lives and rides his bike in Brooklyn.

His mission in work and in life is to spread kindness and joy, and to encourage others to do the same.  When we see the faces of the kids listening to his music, it's clear he is succeeding. 

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