Father Goose (vocals) was born in the picturesque Caribbean Island of Jamaica, West Indies as Wayne Rhoden. As a boy, he was always stimulated and intrigued by music of a wide variety, whether it was sound flavors of Jamaica and other Caribbean music or other sounds and influences of the rest of the world. He recalls that his first musical performance happened at the tender age of 5. Using his family and friends as his desired audience, with trembling tiny fingers encircling a microphone, he performed sing-along to some of his favorite radio recordings. As an adult, Rankin Don went on to pursue his musical dreams. In the 90’s he honed his DJ craft as an underground reggae-dancehall superstar in Jamaica and on the streets of Brooklyn , New York . Transcending out of the Dancehall world into the Children’s Entertainment arena Rankin Don has been performing as “Father Goose” for the past twelve years. A proven multi-talented entertainer, Rankin Don performing as “Father Goose” has breathed fresh air into the children’s music scene by letting children enjoy nursery rhyme sing-alongs while their parents get to reminisce about their own childhood melodies. “Father Goose” is featured on many of Dan Zanes and Friends’ albums, DVDs and videos. Now Father Goose has his own family cd titled “It’s a Bam Bam Diddly!”, filled with contagious Caribbean sounds including reggae and mento mixed with energetic vocals and instruments. It’s a party in a CD, which starts in Jamaica and ends in Brooklyn with guest performances from Dan Zanes, Sheryl Crow, Coolie Ranx, Sister Carol and other Caribbean stars.
Father Goose performed at Hip Tot Music Fest on February 10, 2013