John Wood is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, and producer who created the Theatre Arts Festival For Youth, TAFFY, a popular outdoor family festival that ran for 10 years in Agoura, CA. He is West Coast Producer of the nonprofit organization TAFFY Presents that brings entertainment to children in hospitals. He has performed over 8,000 traveling theatre and music shows from schools and theatres to the Hollywood Bowl with his group J.P. Nightingale. He has written, produced and performed numerous songs as well as character voices for East Coast jingles. Before co-creating Cinecal Entertainment, a script development company, Mr. Wood had been involved in the management side of post production since his days at Editel LA in 1996. In addition, he is a national children’s music reviewer for his own site Kidzmusic.com and KidsFirst.org, and was the music judge for 14 years for NAPPA, a national children’s music award contest. John was born in England and is still a British citizen in case the Vietnam war breaks out again. He is guarded by two cats named Shadow and Finnegan!
Dan Crow, Vice President
Dan Crow, one of America’s most beloved family entertainers and recording artists, is the star of the Emmy award winning “Just For Fun,” a three time Gold Parents’ Choice winner, and a CableAce nominated songwriter for his work on theDisney Channel. He is seen regularly on Nickelodeon and The Learning Channel. Dan is a good buddy of Winnie the Pooh and Dumbo, for whom he has composed over a hundred songs, and he performed the the title song for the family classic film, “The Adventures of Milo and Otis.”
As an educator, Dan Crow presents over 200 “Reading, Writing and Rhythm”school assemblies a year and is a recipient of the prestigious PASA (Professional Artists In Schools) life-time achievement award. His 5,000 plus concerts have taken him all over the United States and to Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and home again.
This tall, lanky bearded “kid” uses music and stories to bring a love and respect for nature, a sense of humor and a deep appreciation for the value of friendship and sharing to the world.
Steve Bedell, Secretary/Treasurer
Stephen Bedell started his business career with Grey Advertising, the Wes Farrell Organization and Casablanca Records, handling music publishing working with such artists as Donna Summer and Barry Manilow. Bedell was at Paramount Pictures as senior vice president of music, where he worked on over 100 notable such as Footloose, Witness, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Star Trek III, IV & V, Top Gun, Coming To America, Naked Gun, Ghost, and many more.
Currently, Bedell is owner and founder of a personal management/production company, which handles a number of musical artists ranging from a three-time Emmy Award winning television writer/songwriter, to an urban artist/writer/ producer. He is also a founding partner in the new children’s record company,
He served many years on the Board Of Governors of the LA Chapter of NARAS (The GRAMMYs) as well as being a former National Trustee to NARAS for five years. Currently, Bedell lives in Rancho Mirage, CA., has been married for 46 years and has one granddaughter.
Lucinda Allshouse, Executive Producer
Lucinda Allshouse was born in California, but spent five childhood years in Peru and the rest of them in New Mexico. After receiving BAs from UNM and NMSU in Anthropology and Photojournalism, she returned to California to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science from UCLA. She specialized in medical research and worked many years as a contract librarian at hospitals in the Los Angeles area. The last 10 years of her librarian life were spent as Manager of the Medical Library at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA.
Currently Lucinda is putting all her efforts into KidzMusic projects. She advises, produces, researches, corresponds, and writes checks. She dreams big and has a whopping big load of ideas which are only occasionally taken seriously. She is currently on the lookout for someone or something that will help KidzMusic rise from the ashes and take its proper place in the history of children’s musicdom!
Did we mention she has been married to Dan Crow (yes, that Dan Crow) for many blissful years? They currently live in Palm Springs, CA, but a more exotic location (to be divulged in due time) is on their horizon.
Bonnie Morgan, Webmaster
Bonnie Morgan owns and operates an online marketing and web design company, Design Like It Matters. She has been an avid technologist for over two decades and is a perpetual student in the power of technology for small businesses and community organizations. She believes that the internet is one of those gifts we frequently take for granted.
With more degrees than a thermometer, and after doing penance in large corporations, Bonnie chose to pursue this passion and now works with several local businesses and startups, managing their social media, re-building their websites and streamlining their membership processes; she is also on the Board of the Topanga Chamber of Commerce and offers free Professional Development Workshops several times a year. She is excited to be a part of the KidzMusic team, as are her eight grandchildren, who thrive on music, art and drama.
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