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Singer Laurie Berkener is such a popular act at kiddie birthday parties around New York City that parents need to book her months in advance. But for one mother she made an exception. "Madonna was dancing her butt off," she says of the party that the Material Mom threw for daughter Lourdes's 3rd birthday last October in Manhattan. "I grew up watching Madonna, and here I am, playing my songs, and she's dancing!"
A frustrated rock star, Berkener, 30, who lives in Manhattan with husband Brian, 32, a computer programmer (no children yet), began writing kids' songs in 1992 to pay the rent. Now with the release of her third CD, Victor Vito, the rock stars are her fans. At a party last December for Sting's son Giacomo, 4, one parent asked, "Did you see Bruce [Springsteen]? He was really into it, man!' "