Former Member of Teen Program Makes it Big


The nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced late November, and among the nominees in the category for Best Musical Album for Children was “Banjo to Beatbox,” by Cathy & Marcy with Special Guest Christylez Bacon.  We at Martha’s Table know Chris well. He participated in our Teen Program in 2004 and 2005, and has come back to Martha’s Table to work with the teens on various aspects of music production during the past several summers.

“Banjo to Beatbox,” a collaboration with Chris, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxner, is described as, “beatbox (mouth drums) meets the banjo, nursery rhyme meets hip-hop, fractured fairy tale and traditional folk song meets a whole new sound!”

All of us at Martha’s Table will be rooting for Chris come Grammy time next February. Chris already has the votes from one group of fans. Simone Johnson, the Director of our Child Development Center tells us that the toddlers and pre-schoolers in the program have been listening to the CD and have been dancing up a storm.

To hear snippets of the songs and to buy a copy of the CD, please visit