Awards / Reviews

Awards won by Rivers Of Love album

Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award

Winner of a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award

“This album in the folk tradition from singer-songwriter Kare Strong and gifted musician Josh Goforth is just right for quiet times, painting pictures of fairies, trees and flowers, respect for nature and our connection to it and to each other. Strong’s delicate vocals and Goforth’s accompaniment (including a notably sweet fiddle) turn this poetic gathering of tenderness and whimsy into word pictures that will kindle imaginations, from an unexpectedly meaningful encounter between ‘Two Toads and a Bee’ and an appreciation for ‘So Many Shades of Brown’ (‘In the quills of a porcupine. In an artist’s pencil line …’) to the ‘Faery Dust’ reason that peacocks’ feathers look the way they do (“Peacocks sweep the faerie’s rooms. They use their folded tails for brooms.’)”

~Lynne Heffley   ©2018 Parents’ Choice

National Parenting Products Award

“With Rivers of Love, Strong and Goforth have created a beautiful, bucolic album of acoustic music involving nature, animals, and a fairy or two. Strong, who possesses a lovely lilting voice, wrote the CD’s 14 songs, although they hold a timeless quality of traditional tunes. Goforth, an award-winning fiddler, plays a multitude of instruments, along with doing the animal voices. It is a hard to pick out stand-out individual tracks because the songs flow together so well. With its set of gentle, outdoorsy music, Rivers of Love is a marvelous album that listeners of all ages can love.”

~NAPPA music judge

Tillywig Toy Award 2018

“Rivers of Love captivates listeners young and old with 14 original tunes that range from alluringly beautiful to irresistibly playful. The composer, Kare Strong, sings as gorgeously as she writes. Her vocal melodies weave effortlessly with those of the acoustic instrumentalists who accompany her. The caliber of musicianship is unusually high. Josh Goforth expertly plucks, picks, strums, and bows a wide variety of stringed instruments that include guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. Laura Boosinger’s vocal harmonies help make the album’s first three cuts something special. Percussionist River Guerguerian plays in such a way as to perfectly serve the mood and feel of each selection on which he performs. Song-wise, there is many a standout, and we would be remiss not to name a few. The title tune is a lovely waltz that conjures vivid imagery of the natural world. The playful lyrics and bouncy rhythms of Two Toads and a Bee get parents and youngsters singing along in no time. Faery Dust mesmerizes with its exotic, almost dreamlike, quality. Rivers of Love is truly an album for the entire family, one whose beauty and playfulness deeply engages children and parents alike.”

Hot Diggity Award 2018

“A wonderful folk album that soothes and entertains. Fans of American music will absolutely love this CD. It’s one of those where, if you’re not paying close attention to lyrics, you’d never know it’s a children’s CD. The music composition appeals to music lovers of all ages.”

What People Are Saying about Rivers Of Love and Beneath the Cherry Tree albums

“Why I love America: there are still folks out there making simple, loving music in the treasured old styles from plainer times. Among them I find Kare Strong, whose ear for timeless melody is flawless. She has produced (with the considerable help of the wonderful Josh Goforth) this delicious album of songs for the family. It’s like making a new best friend.” 

Tom PaxtonGrammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

“Rivers of Love” is truly a gem, and a beautiful addition to the world of family music.  The songs are filled with delightful imagery, perfect for sensitive minds. Kare’s songwriting is fun and gentle, with a sweetness that invites kid’s to reflect and imagine. Her voice has a lovely and comforting quality like sitting beside a creek on a sunny afternoon.

It’s also a tour-de-force for Josh Goforth, whose stellar musicianship and thoughtful arrangements shine through every track of this recording. I love it that young listeners get to hear an array of traditional stringed instruments played so tastefully. Thought provoking, imaginative and beautiful music is so important for kids and families to hear these days. Rivers of Love is a lovely album deserving of a large audience, music that will stand the test of time.” 

Timmy AbellAward Winning Children’s Songwriter, Touring and Recording Artist

“Your CD is truly wonderful! Your voice sounds great. The arrangements are spectacular, and your songwriting …wow!

— Brian Conway, World Class Irish Fiddler, Touring and Recording Artist, White Plains, NY

“I love, love, love your CD! Your singing is exquisite. The writing pulls you in. The music is beautiful. The arrangements and instrumentation are wonderful. The pacing of the songs is perfect. The harmonies are great. The CD makes me feel happy and safe in the world. I can’t say enough! Congratulations to you and to Josh!”

Karen Holbert, Black Mountain, NC

“Your beautiful, beautiful songs! I love them so, and I was struck by their lyrics. So much appreciation of nature and animals. So much whimsy and affection and sweetness.”

Dr. Beret E. Strong, Boulder, CO

“Oh it is absolutely divine!!! It brings tears to my eyes. Your voice sounds so beautiful and the instruments are so lovely and the lyrics so full of love.”
Sally Simmons, Seattle, WA