"Lyle Cogen's high octane style and her exuberant, yet nuanced vocals, are a treat in songs that celebrate being a kid…and a parent.” – Los Angeles Times
"Like the best of classic children’s' music ... Cogen's effort is heartfelt, skillfully composed and clever."—Publishers’ Weekly
“A set of pipes tailor-made for belting from the Great White Way…” – Family Fun Magazine
Lyle Cogen is an award-winning singer-songwriter, recording artist, and theatre performer. She has performed her songs and theatre productions throughout the U.S. for children, parents and teachers at theaters and schools, bringing her energy, high spirits and uplifting message to young audiences everywhere.
More recently, Sticks & Stones, Lyle’s acclaimed musical play about bullying, has launched her into the front lines of national efforts to curtail bullying and cyber-bullying. The one-woman show has been featured in The New York Times, The Miami Herald, CBS-TV and many other media. The play was commissioned by Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Lyle’s popular recordings have been widely praised by parents, educators and national magazines, including Publisher’s Weekly, Parenting, and Sesame Street Parents Magazine. Her albums, including Friends, Like You and Me, My Name Is Lyle, and Lyle Sings Broadway for Kids, feature her high-energy vocals combined with sprightly pop orchestral arrangements. She is a three-time winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice Award for her albums. As one critic wrote, "Ms. Cogen's energy level alone could more than likely meet the power needs of a city.”
Starting out as a Broadway and cabaret singer in hotels, nightclubs and on cruise ships, Lyle used all those professional experiences to create a more sophisticated, yet warm and friendly sound for her children’s recordings and performances. In 2002, Lyle trained as a professional teaching artist at New York’s famed Lincoln Center Institute for the Performing Arts.
In 2008, Lyle used all of her teaching, singing, acting and writing skills to create Sticks & Stones. “As a parent and in my work in schools,” Lyle says, “I saw the effects of bullying firsthand. There’s no better way to bring this subject out in the open than by sharing the experience of theater. Through music and theater we create an environment in which we can have these discussions.”
In the play she uses theater to teach children how to recognize different kinds of bullying behavior, allowing them to discover their own behaviors in the various characters depicted - whether “bully, bullied or bystander.” It also teaches that, when they see bullying taking place, there is an alternative to being a passive bystander, namely “speaking up” and becoming an ally. Lyle has performed the musical all over the U.S., as well as creating special interactive productions for schools age-appropriate for children from kindergarten through grade 12.
Lyle has been recognized for her professional accomplishments as a recipient of The 2007 Forbes Enterprise Award, and was twice named one of the Top 50 Business Women on Long Island, NY, where she resides with her husband Jerry and two children. She was awarded the “Pathfinder Award” by the Town of Hempstead and was honored as a recipient of “Profiles In Humanity-Distinguished Women of Today Enhancing the Lives of Children Tomorrow,” by The Children’s Medical Fund of Schneider’s Children’s Hospital. Lyle was a founding member of The Long Island Arts in Education Roundtable, and is a winner of the 2011 “Women of Excellence” award given by the National Organization of Women Business Owners.