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Grammy listens to Wantagh's Marla Lewis

Marla Lewis has won a lot of awards for her children's music -- from the National Parenting Center, the Parents' Choice Foundation and other groups.

But the Wantagh singer-songwriter, who has been toiling away for decades around the area, never even dreamed about a Grammy. The mother of seven says that dream just seemed too big.

She may have to adjust.

Lewis' song "Leap of Faith," about a girl named Faith who stands up to a bully and surprisingly gets the support of her entire class, is up for a Grammy Sunday night for best children's recording, as part of the "All About Bullies . . . Big and Small" compilation.

"I really never expect too much," says Lewis, who would share the award with the compilation's organizer, Steve Pullara, and the other artists, including Steve Van Zandt and Blue October. "I do it because I just love the writing process. I used to write adult songs, but there are so many more things to write about with children's songs. It inspired me."

Lewis is already preparing for her appearance at this summer's Great South Bay Music Festival, but she says most of her focus is on making videos, as well as music.

"I try to do a lot of things at once," she says. "When I'm writing a song, I want it to appeal to children, but I also want it to be a good song."

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