Peter Apel - Biography

Peter Apel is singer-songwriter, author, illustrator and dad. He has produced two collections of original songs for children - both endorsed by KID'S FIRST, The Coalition for Quality Children's Media - and in 2015 released "Fred Pinsocket Loves Bananas," his first children's picture book.  Originally from New Mexico, Peter can now be found throughout the San Francisco Bay Area performing his catchy, original songs in school programs, libraries, shopping malls and special events.

All of Peter's songs are written and recorded with care for the family audience. With a variety of instruments and styles finding their way into his recorded collections, Apel’s passion for music comes through.The result - catchy, original songs that educate, draw laughter and stir imagination, making them favorites at school, at home and in the car.  With two children of his own, this performer/dad is known for his ability to connect with parents and kids alike, and for effectively working humor and life’s lessons into recorded songs as well as live performances.

A key character in Peter's song collections is Fred Pinsocket, a little spaceman who loves bananas. Fred became a kid favorite with his appearance in the “I Love Bananas” song on Peter's debut album and was featured again on the "Bombones (Marshmallows)” song on the second album. With the release of the colorful and sturdy board book "Fred Pinsocket Loves Bananas" (April 2015), this astronaut's intergalactic banana-gathering adventure is inspiring an entirely new "bunch" of kids to eat their bananas.

Peter is a member of The Children's Music Network and is a voting member of the Recording Academy.  As an author/illustrator, Peter is part of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). He currently resides in San Jose with his wife and two children. Visit to learn more about Peter's music, books and programs.
Peter's music and books can be found on, iTunes Music Store, CDBaby, and a number of retail locationsYou can learn insights about each song by clicking here: About the Songs.

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Peter with his own kids (Photo by Susan Klarich)

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