In selecting artists for this new children’s label, we hope to reflect the interests of today’s families by presenting a diverse array of music from some of the most talented (and award-winning) artists making family music today. These recordings are meant for to enrich everyday life for everyone of all ages; they are songs that help kids and parents discover and enjoy music together. And sometimes, they are just plain fun!
8 Pound Gorilla Records is the inevitable offspring of 800 Pound Gorilla Records, the world’s largest Comedy Record Label. Moving into kids’ and family programming was a natural decision for the company’s founders, Ryan Bitzer and Damion Greiman. Once again, they’ve discovered an under-served genre. There’s a veritable treasure-trove of talented artists around the world making high-quality family-oriented music that remains largely unknown to mainstream audiences. With unique marketing strategies and analytics-driven audience building techniques, 8 Pound Gorilla Records is building a platform for this genre that will bring increased awareness and opportunities for these talented performers. We’re partnering with the best Independent kids’ musicians on the planet to help build a community of music and joy for families everywhere.
WHO ARE WE?
Kenny Curtis – A&R: A 30-year veteran in Children’s Media, Kenny has made the advancement and development of Kids Music part of his life’s work. He may be best-known for founding and running SiriusXM’s original kids’ channel “Kids Place Live”, but he is also actively involved in several podcasts and projects in the Kids space.
Luke Youngblom – Serving as the Head of Music for 800 Pound Gorilla Media, Luke provides a unique perspective into the world of production and content development. With nearly a decade of experience as a top-flight music producer and sound designer, Luke’s expertise in both business and production helps us build the strongest strategies and highest-quality content for the families who listen.