As a singer and songwriter, Rick Charette has been capturing the hearts and spirits of young and old alike with his delightful and inspiring children’s songs. His performances blend original contemporary pop music and lyrics with imaginative activities that generate all kinds of audience participation.
Rick graduated from the University of Southern Maine with degrees in Music Education and English. Elementary teachers across the country use his music in their classrooms to enhance and facilitate their language arts programs. He has been a featured speaker at the Northeast Whole Language Conference, a keynote speaker at the National Association for The Education of Young Children Conference in Washington, D.C. as well as other education conferences around the United States.
Rick traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada performing at schools and concert halls. For large concert events he performed with The Bubblegum Band and has appeared in venues such as Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas; Boston Citywide Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, and Imagination Parade – a live concert radio broadcast in New York City. His music has been featured on Peter Pan and Walt Disney Records and been cited in Entertainment Weekly and Billboard magazines. The television broadcast on NBC-TV affiliates in New England entitled “An Evening with Rick Charette” won the National IRIS Award for programming excellence. His music received airplay on such radio networks as KTOO-FM, Juneau, Alaska which syndicates its program “We Like Kids” on 35 public radio stations around the US Concert excerpts of his songs were a regular feature on “The Learning Channel” (national cable).
Rick is the author of I Love Mud and his next picture book is inspired by his song Where Do My Sneakers Go?
A life-long resident of Maine, Rick and his wife have three grown children.