Randy Kaplan, chosen in 2012 by Time Out New York Kids as one of the top family music acts in the nation, is a new artist on the myKaZoo Music roster. He’s gained national acclaim and attention for his offbeat lyrics and hilarious live performances, combining super smart songwriting with witty interaction at his all-ages performances. His fourth not-JUST-for-kids release, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, pays tribute to America’s blues masters with hilarious, kid-friendly new lyrics, introduced by a gravelly voiced Delta denizen named Lightnin’ Bodkins.
The new myKaZoo/Universal Music Enterprises release was two years in the making and follows a string of critically acclaimed family music releases on Randy’s independent label. Five Cent Piece (2006) was called a “masterwork” by The Brooklyn Paper and “as vital a part of your child’s proper development as milk, sunshine and challenging established orthodoxies.” Loquat Rooftop appeared on numerous national Top Ten lists in 2008, notably NPR’s. The single “No Nothing” became a SIRIUS-XM RADIO hit and was nominated for Best Children’s Song of the Year by Just Plain Folks. Mindsmack TV created an animated video for the CD’s second single, “The Ladybug without Spots,” which may be viewed on myKaZootv.com. Randy’s 2010 release, The Kids Are All Id, was a top-5 Parent Pick on Nickelodeon’s Parentsconnect poll, and it won a 2010 Gold Award from the National Parenting Publications of America (NAPPA). His recent single “Don’t Fill Up on Chips” became a hit on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and it was an International Songwriting Competition finalist.
Randy grew up on Long Island, lived for a long time in Brooklyn and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has also called New Orleans and Lawrence, Kansas, home. During the 1990s, Randy helped shape the Los Angeles coffeehouse scene, performing with Dan Bern, Eleni Mandell, Danny Peck and Chuck E. Weiss and later with his band “i” at venues such as The Roxy, The Whiskey and The Troubadour. He has received several ASCAP awards for his grown-up songwriting.