Alison Faith Levy is a children's musician and Jewish educator based in San Francisco. Her latest album, You Are Magic, marks a turning point in her career, her life, and her message.
As an original member of kindie rock pioneers The Sippy Cups, Alison toured the country many times over, playing festivals and performing arts centers, and wrote several of the band’s Top Ten hits on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live. After the band went on an extended hiatus, Alison released two albums of her own original music for families: World of Wonder and The Start of Things.
Upon releasing her first two solo albums, Alison formed her Big Time Tot Rock Band and played hundreds of shows for families throughout Northern California. In addition, she developed her own “Big Time Tot Rock” curriculum for teaching music to toddlers and preschoolers, which grew to include preschools and community centers all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
After teaching music in Jewish settings for several years, Alison decided that the world of Jewish education was a perfect fit for her and was offered a Legacy Fellowship to pursue her Masters in Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. She graduated with distinction in 2020, and now serves as Assistant Director of Youth Education at Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, CA.
Inspired by her newfound joyful connection with Judaism and her curiosity about children’s spirituality, Alison began writing a new batch of songs based in Jewish values. You Are Magic is a collection of these very special musical journeys for families. Concepts such as healing the world, taking care of the environment, being kind, feeling connected, self-reflection, and giving back to others are all universal values that can resonate with any parent, regardless of the source. The songs on You Are Magic encourage children to discover who they are, how they relate to the world, and how they can aspire to be a positive light for everyone around them.
In addition to making music for children and families, Alison has had a long and varied career in the wider world of indie rock, Americana, and experimental music, as a member of The Loud Family, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, and Mushroom.
Alison is married to Danny Plotnick, the Director of Film Studies at University of San Francisco and author of Super 8: An Illustrated History. Their son, Henry Plotnick, is a Jazz Piano Performance major at The New School in New York City.