Award-winning songwriting team Erica Rabner and Brian Blake will release their first Jewish EP, “Hanukkah! Chanukah! Hannukah!” with Platoon on November 18, 2022. The release follows the success of their movement album, “Stomp, Shake, & Shuffle” in October and three Jewish holiday-themed singles released over the past two years.
In 2020, when Erica and Brian released their first Jewish single, “do you like latkes?” their fans, family and friends emphatically responded, “We love them so much!” Their new 6-song EP builds on that same approach of modernizing old traditions with contemporary pop sensibilities. They celebrate their favorite parts of the holiday, from eating sufganiyot (jelly donuts!) and latkes to dreidel-induced stomachaches (what? We’re Jewish…of course, we love food! ).
This year, they bring another important question to the table: how do you spell (c)hanuk(h)ah? ! The subject of their second single was inspired by Erica trying to figure out what to name the EP and how to pronounce the holidays. These important questions led her down a fun research rabbit hole (she’s a researcher, so it was really fun) and a very inclusive (and SEO-friendly) EP title 😉
Along with their five original songs, Erica and Brian pack six other favorites into an upbeat medley. This EP is dedicated to Erica’s paternal grandmother, Stella, who made the best latkes.
Erica Rabner is a singer-songwriter and children’s media researcher with a Masters in Education from Harvard. Erica has released six children’s albums and fourteen singles. She notably wrote the original songs for “CoComelon Lane” on Netflix. His music is also available in over 25% of classrooms nationwide through CharacterStrong’s “Purposefull People” program. Additional songwriting credits include “The Thanksgiving Song” for Sesame Studios, Parents’ Choice Award-winning “PB & JAMS”, and original songs for The Googies/BabyFirst TV, Tonies and Pinna. You can also hear Erica sing along to “Barbie Dreamtopia” and “Blue’s Clues & You” Nursery Rhymes on YouTube. In addition to her musical endeavors, Erica has tested educational children’s shows including “Sesame Street” and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and other media (podcasts, games, toys, audio) with hundreds of children. Visit www.ericarabner.com and contact [email protected] for more.
Brian Blake is a record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who will play anything he can get his hands on. In addition to the children’s world, Brian’s music can be heard on a long list of TV shows, ranging from numerous jingles on The Ellen Show to placements on The WB, ABC, CBS, E!, Telepictures, and more. ! He is also dad to two of the cutest test subjects.
Erica Rabner and Brian Blake are an award-winning team of songwriters with unique experience creating the stickiest songs for kids and families. Together, Erica and Brian have written original songs and jingles for shows, podcasts, curriculum companies, and new edutainment entertainment formats they never could have dreamed of as kids! They love bringing characters to life through music and in addition to composing for companies, they are also developing their own original preschool IP.