Welcome Kid Rocker Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove!
One of the greatest gifts I received from my young fans is my name “Mr. Stinky Feet.” I didn’t come up with the name myself. I’m not that clever. And it wasn’t the product of a marketing focus group. It just came about organically. After my second album came out, kids started calling me “Stinky Feet.”
I still remember the day it really sunk in. I was high-fiving a bunch of students in the hallway of a school where I’d just performed an assembly. A few kids started calling out, “Hey, Stinky Feet! Yo, Stinky Feet!” And I playfully shouted back, “Hey, that’s “Mister Stinky Feet” to you!” It somehow sounded more respectable.
The name stuck, so I decided to embrace it. Kids identify with it. It’s easy to remember. And it suits me.
And “kid rocker” is simply a description of what I love to do.
I’m heading into my twentieth year performing for families. I never imagined I would be doing something like this. I started my career as a journalist and moved into corporate public relations before having the sense to get a “real job” helping kids laugh and learn.
For years my philosophy on performing has been – The kids are the stars of the show, not me. And through my writing and music I like to emphasize that we can build a better world when we stick together and rock together!
4) Who influenced you in this journey?
One of my biggest influences has been my father, who loved to sing and who was a fabulous storyteller. And my mother who cherished words and their usage. She would always encourage me to write. And my lovely bride, Jeni, who is fabulous writer herself. She has always encouraged me creatively and has been an inspiring editor.
On top of all that you have multiple Cd's, and books out there. Can you tell our readers about this?
Over the past two decades, I have performed more than 3,500 shows throughout North America and Europe, including twice at the White House Easter Egg Roll. You’ll often find me singing to children in libraries, schools, theaters, and parks. And once my band and I played with the Kansas City Symphony at the world-class Kauffman Center. There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra backing us up on “Stinky Feet.”
I really enjoy speaking with adult audiences as a corporate speaker. I have a presentation titled “Live Like a Child. Succeed Like a Child” where I talk about lessons I’ve learned working with kids and how when we approach life with a more childlike (not childish) spirit, then great things happen. Also, I have produced eight award-winning albums of family music, and my band and I are working on our ninth. And, finally, I have released my first book for grown-up children “Everybody Gets Stinky Feet,” which is a collection of essays from my time as a parenting columnist for The Kansas City Star.
Thank you so much Jim for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us and sharing your wonderful talent!
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