Ella Jenkins, the “First Lady of Children's Music,” who is an iconic children's performer, and has been one of the genre's leading voices for more than 50 years. Nurtured by the rich musical culture of her Chicago neighborhood, Jenkins was immersed in song from her earliest days. In 2004, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout her career, she contributed a great deal to the children’s music repertoire, including well-loved classics such as “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Ella's music incorporates languages and cultures from around the world, including the African American blues and gospel music she heard during her own childhood. For more information on Ella Jenkins and more of her Smithsonian Folkways recordings, please visit
You Sing a Song and I'll Sing a Song
Ella’s best-selling record has international songs that encourage singing and rhythmic participation. Recommended for early education by Teachers Magazine. Features classics such as Did You Feed My Cow?, This Train, Sifting in the Sand, Cadima, Shabbat Shalom, and others.