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 writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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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With Black Friday inching earlier into the week this year, a lot of folks are getting an early start and are hardcore into the holiday shopping already. With that, the folks over at SuperHeroStuff got in touch with The Rock Father to spread the word on their 7-Day Thanksgiving Super Sale - on nove through November 26th. There's different deals every day - including Black Friday and Cyber Monday - so if you have a family member or other person on your list that digs pop culture, you just might find what you need. Check out the details below along with an exclusive coupon code!
I had a weird connect-the-dots morning. In the car last night, the little ones and I were listening to the "Lithium" channel on SiriusXM, and the last song we heard was the old Juliana Hatfield track, "My Sister." That song references The Del Fuegos, a band that split two decades ago and reunited earlier this year for a new collection of eight songs called SILVER STAR. By the time I fired up the email here at Rock Father HQ today, the first message I received was about a new Holiday release from acclaimed family/children's musician Dan Zanes... also guitarist/vocalist of The Del Fuegos.
They've been lullabied a time or two in the past, but QUEEN has just gotten a fresh batch of lullabies courtesy of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star. The popular lullaby line from the Roma Music Group just hit The Rock Father with full details on this new release, which hit iTunes today. Featuring a dozen classics made famous by Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon, Lullaby Versions of Queen can be purchased via this link, with the full tracklisting and cover art available below.
Now in it's seventh year, the annual Fids & Kamily Music Awards have become a traditional celebration of the best in kids & family music. Inspired by the Village Voice's long-running "Pazz & Jop" Music Poll, Fids & Kamily gathers it's data from a variety of rock n' roll gangsters folks that are connected to family music in some fashion or another - bloggers, writers, radio personalities, and more. For the first time, The Rock Father is represented in the poll, as I was recently invited to become one of this year's 26 judges. So who were the best of the best? Find out below...
This past May, Evan Curran, a children’s singer-songwriter and kindergarten teacher from Western Massachusetts, released SHIPROCK AND ANCHORDOG, a "rock opera" about two buddies that happen to be dogs. The 21-track adventure in music and storytelling follows the dogs as they leave their desert home in search of a quality food supply, learning valuable lessons along the way. Now, the first music video from the album has arrived with the release of "Blueberries."