About Dotti Holmberg-Waddell
Welcome to the Right Choice Kids website!
I was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota until the age of 17 when I joined a folk/pop music group (along with my sister, Sheri) in 1963 called The GoldeBriars. We performed around the country for 2-1/2 years and recorded three albums with Epic-Columbia Records with 2 albums being released "The GoldeBriars" & Straight Ahead with The GoldeBriars". The 3rd album went unreleased due to the group's breakup.
I've written a book about the GoldeBriars called: The GoldeBriars' Story "Whatever Happened to Jezebel?" which is based on my travelog and diary while in the group. It also includes a film clip of the GoldeBriars' performance on the 1964 ABC Hootenanny Show. This CD-Rom eBook is in English & Japanese Text. You can read more about my writing & musical career at my GoldeBriars' website & also read about all the GB music out now for a total of 42 recordings under Sony Music
I recorded and wrote many songs in the sixties and early 70's which are featured in my CD called "Sometimes Happy Times" and released by Sundazed Music in 2002 & 2023 with bonus tracks & an LP. Also, Shindig Magazine in UK featured an article about me in March 2023. My poetry collection "Your Own Ship" has over 200 poems + 35 years of my Christmas Poetry. JUST CLICK ON THE IMAGES BELOW TO LINK TO THE PAGES.
Today I live in Lakeland, Florida with my husband Bill.
I started creating "right choice songs" in 1987 and the first song I penned was "Please, Don't Smoke" followed by "Say No To Drugs". My first album, "Make the Right Choice" was produced and marketed by Kimbo Educational (Long Branch, New Jersey) and released in 1989. I wrote these songs for elementary age kids as it's such an important time of their lives for "good influence" and to help put them on the right track.
My second album I wrote and produced called "Stop & Think" was recorded and released in 1993 by my own group called "The Right Choice Kids", children 6 through 12 years old from Central Florida. The Right Choice Kids were together for over two years and performed locally and at fairs and were lots of fun to work with! They were staged and choreographed by Patricia Conner, an elementary music teacher for over 20 years in Lakeland. The concept I was striving for with "Stop & Think" is a "kids for kids" sound to help kids better relate to the important messages of these songs. Both "Make the Right Choice" and "Stop & Think" albums are educationally endorsed by the U.S. Office of Substance Abuse (Rockville, Maryland) and the National Families in Action (Atlanta, Georgia) and meet the educational criteria for use by schools and other organizations.
My puppets, songs and plays are my aspirations for kids to help them with character building & values that are entertaining & fun to use.