November 11, 2010

Update on Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar & Jersey Babys!

November 11th, 2010

Jersey Babys CD

Jim Bessman recently caught up with JERSEY BABYS’ executive producer Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar. Here’s a preview to this terrific interview.

With the fifth anniversary celebration of Jersey Boys that just took place in New York, Danielle Gaudio-Lalehzar, Four Seasons’ founding member and songwriter Bob Gaudio’s daughter, continues to celebrate her two year-old CD project Jersey Babys–The Music Of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons For Kids.

The disc passed down Gaudio-Lalehzar’s father’s music to her own children in enchanting instrumental versions produced by Gaudio himself along with keyboards programmer Robby Robinson, Frankie Valli’s longtime music director.

“When my kids were younger there was a Beatles For Babies CD that was just amazing,” recalls Gaudio-Lalehzar. “So I said to Dad, ‘I’d love to have that with your music.’ There’s a lot of children’s music out there that isn’t done very well, and having been around music my whole life–and my dad!–I know something good when I hear it.”

“But it’s really a personal accomplishment for me because it’s something I wanted for myself,” she says. “Music today is so different than what it was, and the Four Seasons’ was such innocent music that everybody can enjoy. I’m sure there’s a lot more I could do, but the project is there and the music is never going out of style.”

“Hearing my dad’s music in different arrangements–and just the melodies without the lyrics–you get to feel the emotions it brings,” she says. “It can make you happy, content, calm, relaxed. When I heard [the Four Seasons' 1964 No. 1 hit] ‘Rag Doll,’ it made me cry! And he was so young when he wrote the songs, and they’re all so different! I appreciated his talent so much more.”

Visit to read the full interview.


  1. I’m not even sure that Danielle knows how far-reaching her Jersey Babys music is. I have a dear friend, Joni Relyea, who paints with children for charity along to the Jersey Babys music. I was honored last year to be Joni’s guest speaker as she unveiled her painting for the Guyanese ambassador and his contingent in Washington, DC, speaking about the Jersey Babys music, and what each song (of course, the originals) had meant to me growing up.

    Indeed, we had contacted Danielle’s niece, who lives in the DC area, and sent a beautiful letter to Joni. (Unfortunately, she couldn’t attend as her mom was getting married the same weekend.)

    The Jersey Babys music is indeed timeless.

    Comment by Howard — November 15, 2010 @ 12:47 am

  2. My son was a part of the mural painting for Guyana that Joni Relyea held at our church. Seeing so many young people create to the music was magical! It made me a Jersey fan!

    Comment by Steve — December 5, 2010 @ 11:32 am

  3. Woodbridge Senior High School students will be preparing to perform the wonderful play “B Krystelle”. With loving hearts for believing in DREAMS! More to be posted Thank you Bob Gaudio

    Comment by Joni relyea — October 8, 2015 @ 6:21 pm

  4. March 11th 2017. 7pm Event. Play. “Krystelle”. Enjoying the opening play at Eoosbtidge Senior High School Of The Performing Arts. We will be embracing the talented students this evening of our young actors. Back in 2009, Joni Relyea approached a idea using Bob Gaudio CD music for a young girl who had cancer. Her lifetime dream to dance. Join us all this evening for excitement , movements of charm to make memories come back in your childhood! Dennis Gusteferri, from Lenny Cocco And the Chimes will open our play as our special guest singing. A wonderful evening for the young, and old, and older to help us raise all proceeds for St Judes Hospital. Special thanks to Cathy Hailey fromCreative English CSEA . Other guests will be recognized up coming. Thank you

    Comment by Joni Relyea — February 5, 2017 @ 4:18 pm

  5. A special highlight for auction Franki Valli And The Four Seasons Singned CD. By The famous icon Bob Gaudio. And Second CD of Jersey Babys. Silent Auction!

    Comment by Joni Relyea — February 5, 2017 @ 4:23 pm

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