Renee & Friends’ Simpatico is a stunning collection of collaborations between singer Renee Stahl, producer Rich Jacques and a notable array of singers, writers and performers. Like her much beloved family duo, Renee & Jeremy, who Jacques has also produced, these songs build off of hushed harmonies to create music for children of all ages; only here you might say those ages skew just a bit older. From “You Were Meant To Be” a gorgeous, star gazing folk duet with Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips, to the whisper soul of Prince’s “Starfish And Coffee” with Maya Rudolph of Bridesmaids fame, these collaborations are as fresh as they are kismet and beautifully on target. This record represents that perfect bridge for parents and kids, who are starting to venture out of lullabies and still want songs they can enjoy together, with lush pop sensibilities but values and sentiments less often expressed at the top of the charts. Simpatico is right!