Successful Rhode Island songwriter and author Greg Lato has released his first children's book, Try, an endearing paean to making an effort, in all its shapes and forms. Try is meant to be an interactive book; not only in song but in visuals. It encourages grown-ups to ask their little reader to describe the conflict on each page on the left and how the characters used their will to try to create the solution on the right. It’s heartwarming and effective. The intention of the author is to make this activity a springboard for solving other issues little ones may encounter, for example, bullying, exclusion, home life, illness, feelings of helplessness or simply chasing dreams. The premise is simple but powerful.
The original song “Try,” with its uplifting, tropical vibe, provides a perfect accompaniment to the endeavor. Narragansett resident Lato, primarily a songwriter who composes for film, TV, and other artists – most recently co-writing with The Voice runner-up Billy Gilman – has a musical approach to this book, and its language is sweet and rhythmic. The song has recently been on the iTunes Bestseller list and featured on their Children’s Music home page.
Greg has also notably received awards from the Billboard World Song Contest, had one of his music videos air on the FUSE channel, wrote a song for a film that went to #1 on the iTunes movie charts and spent 8 months in the top 10, and co-wrote the young survivors theme song for the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation. He now aspires to positively influence young minds with his new foray into writing children's songs.
Greg currently resides in Narragansett with his wife Kristi and two daughters, Siena and Brianza, who he encourages to try every day.