The story of a Chicago Kids Musician - Ann Torralba of Little Miss Ann and Birds of a Feather Family Music!!

Little Miss Ann is a Chicago-based, Filipina-American, nationally touring kids musician who has made 7 award-winning Family Music albums. She is also a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at Chicago's iconic Old Town School of Folk Music, a social justice activist, and a first generation Filipina American. Whether Ann is singing about Ube, a Filipino purple yam, or about Spring, her musical themes will inspire kids to let their own light shine in their own families as well as in their communities!

Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning Chicago kids musician, a former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom, an activist, a governor for the Chicago Recording Academy Chapter and a first generation Filipina American. 

Little Miss Ann has made 8 family music albums that span different genres such as indie, folk, rock, punk, country, bluegrass and more.  Ann sings and plays guitar, ukulele, various flutes, and percussional instruments on her albums. 

Besides performing as Little Miss Ann, she also performs in another kids music band with Suzi Shelton, Brooklyn kids musician under the name “Birds of a Feather”. They have recorded and released their debut album “Rock Together” As Birds of a Feather, they have performed at Battery Park City (NYC), The Acorn (Three Oaks, MI), Fitzgerald's (Chicago) and will be performing at Levitt Pavillion (Westport, CN), Shapeshifter Lab (Brooklyn) and Brittfest (Oregon) in the summer of 2024.

Ann has received awards including John Lennon Songwriting award, Parents Picks' Awards,  NAAPA award and Parent's Choice Award. 

Little Miss Ann has performed everywhere from New York to Nashville to Los Angeles with the Little Miss Ann Band which includes her husband, the drummer, Patrick Milani. Little Miss Ann has played notable festivals like SXSW, Lollapalooza, Nashville's Pilgrimage Festival, as well music venues like the Jewish Museum (NYC), Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA), Millenium Park (Chicago, IL), BrittKids Series (Oregon) and more!

Besides writing, recording and performing reinvented classics and soulful originals that all children can enjoy, Little Miss Ann has also written and collaborated on songs that highlight her Filipina American culture. The songs include “Ube”, a song about a Filipino dessert ingredient (a purple yam) and “Stars on the Island”, a song about a Filipina-American daughter going to “where her parents are from” the Phillippines for the first time during the holidays. Here, she observes “Parols” which are decorative stars that line the streets of the Philippines during the holidays. She also collaborated on a song with fellow Fil-Am kindie rocker Mista Cookie Jar, CJ Pizarro, on a song about a favorite Filipino dessert called “Halo-Halo” and "Tong, Tong, Tong". All songs were on rotation on Sirius XM Kids Place Live as well as some of Ann's other originals that have other positive themes like "28 Days", "We Go Together Very Well" "Welcome Spring" and more. 

Besides making music for kids, Little Miss Ann also co-hosts a kids music podcast "Joy Up" with New Jersey based kids musician, Michael Napolitano of Michael and the Rockness Monsters.

While Little Miss Ann enjoys recording and performing as a family musician, Ann also gives professional development workshops to educators and parents about the benefits of music in homes and classrooms at National Early Childhood conventions.  Little Miss Ann was a co-founder of Family Music Forward, a diverse collaboration of family artists who seek to amplify black family artists in Family Music. She is also currently a Governor for the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy GRAMMYS® and on the board of the Children's Music Network. 

For over a decade, Little Miss Ann has shown her true passion and love for family music. She feels grateful for having found her true calling and being supported in many ways by the family music community.