African-born Wendy Gelsanliter grew up on the move, following her father (a Foreign Service officer) from city to city throughout her early years. She knew that she wanted a job in the music industry, and started singing in bands and choirs as she got older. After graduating in 1986, she moved to New York City and set up shop as a teacher and folk musician in the area. Gaining some recognition for the latter, she decided to make her mark though children's music, writing and releasing Dancin' in the Kitchen in the early '90s. Although the record was a local success, she continued to teach and write, collaborating with fellow teacher Andrea Loomis Towey on several songs. The two decided to form Bizzy Bum, a record label that could release their materials. Their first release, Ants Wear Underpants, was a successful collaboration with producer Frank Christian that saw the light of day locally in 2000 and nationally two years later.
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