James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance. Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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So you think that kid's music can't rock? Well you're wrong, and here's another example of why...
Get ready for FUN FUN RECORDS, a new label from Asian Man's MIKE PARK (check out my review of his SMILE album from last fall) that's launching armed with family friendly tunes from members of the BOUNCING SOULS. THE AGGROLITES, the GROOVIE GHOULIES and more. How about a FREE Sampler?
Admission: I used to play with CARE BEARS. In fact, I have vivid memories of seeing the original CARE BEARS movie and it's sequel on the big screen back in the 1980s. The Care Bear Cousins were badass, and the Cloud Keeper had a sweet ride. Technically, the toys belonged to my sister, but just as she joined me in playing HE-MAN and STAR WARS, I had many adventures in Care-a-Lot. In the years since, Care Bears have come and gone as their level of mainstream popularity fluctuated, but now they're back with a new series. CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT makes it's debut on Saturday June 2 via The Hub.
If you've been waiting for a chance to get your little ones into the gardening spirit, this weekend is the perfect time to do so. On Saturday May 5, 2012 - All Home Depot stores will present a FREE Kids Workshop sponsored by Bonnie Plants and Growums. As you might already know, The Rock Father is a big fan of those folks, and applauds their efforts to get kids outside and into the garden. From 9am-12pm, your little ones can make their own FREE planter box, and receive a FREE Bonnie Plants/Growums vegetable or herb! Check out the video below that details this Saturday's festivities, and the Growums program.
Since I'd written a piece last month about the adventure of buying baby furniture, I figured it was time for a follow-up: The crib and changing table have been purchased. After hunting around and flip-flopping between Babies R Us and buybuyBaby, we ended up over at Cribs.com (a Hayneedle store), but since they declined my application for their affiliate program, I'm not hyperlinking that text. I can be a jerk like that.
You ever have one of those moments when you know something awesome but can't tell anyone? Well, for me - the SHOCKWAVE FESTIVAL Tour 2012 is one of those things... but now I can tell you! This is a cool announcement for me, as FEAR FACTORY and DIRGE WITHIN are both on the tour, and if you've been following The Rock Father's adventures, then you might already know that I recently worked with both bands, having cut the album trailer for the new Fear Factory, and the lyric video for the new Dirge Within. Needless to say, I'll be checking out this tour. Check out the official announcement below for all the details. It's also important to note that ADDITIONAL DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED, so don't get too bummed if your hometown isn't on here just yet. It might be added soon!
BABIES 'R' US recently announced a new partnership with HEIDI KLUM to create a new collection of ''affordable luxuries for little ones.'' Truly Scrumptious by Heidi Klum, will be available in all Babies“R”Us stores across North America and online at Babiesrus.com beginning this Fall. My wife being the huge PROJECT RUNWAY fan, she's very excited about this. Here's a little bit of what you can expect from this new product line...