Rock’n’Rainbow released their first CD, Let’s Boogie!, under the direction of Grammy nominee and master children’s producer Tor Hyams in March 2015. Videos from Let’s Boogie! have already racked over a million views on YouTube. With catchy lyrics and energetic funk-rock rhythms, Let’s Boogie! inspires healthy habits and active lifestyles.
Rock’n’Rainbow visionary Mike Whitla has been promoting the benefits of learning through music for over 15 years. His company, Rainbow Songs, provides interactive classes for thousands of young children, who attend along with their parents or caregivers. His CDs have won many awards, including 5 Parents’ Choice Awards and 2 NAPPA – Rising Star Awards for Dinostory: The Ultimate Rock Opera (2011) and Early Morning Knee-Slappin’ Tunes (2007). Whitla received the 2006 Indie Music Award for “Favourite Children’s Artist” and was nominated as “Best Children’s Entertainer” at the SiriusXM Indie Awards in 2012. His YouTube channel Howdytoons, featuring music from all his projects, has over 45 million views.
Building on the success of Rainbow Songs’ CDs and videos, Rock’n’Rainbow was created as an extension of the RS family. Jessica Blake (Lady Red) and Josh Engel (Blue Elvis) are veteran Rainbow Songs teachers and experienced solo musicians. Long time friend John Kanakis (Dr. John Orange) is a seasoned pro, having recorded and toured with the likes of Christina Aguilera, jackSOUL and The Philosopher Kings. Tony Nesbitt-Larking (Mellow Yellow) is a Juno-nominated drummer, guitarist and composer. Together with Whitla on lead guitar (as Purple Stardust), they transport listeners to another dimension where rainbows are plentiful and always sonically charged.