Children and adults alike embark on a journey of wonder and learning, grooving along with the ANIMALS ROCK band. The Byron Bay based band, fronted by founder Beau Young and television presenter Shelley Craft, opens kids’ eyes and ears up to the big wide world of animals.
ANIMALS ROCK would not be rocking without the talents of its band members. On lead guitar and vocals is cool cat, Leonius Funk, super stylin’ Ginger the giraffe is the band’s soulful back up signer (the best in the Animal Kingdom), keeping the beat is Gordo, the drum playing, banana-smoothie loving gorilla, and lastly there is Lila, the fairy loving, flower-child-vibing happy horse who brings the base to the band.
The adult friendly, infectious sounds of ANIMALS ROCK are the brainchild of Beau Young – Australian singer, songwriter, and musician (and not to mention two-time world champion surfer). With his career in the folk rock/acoustic genre kicking along, Beau was approached to write a theme song for a children’s toy company leading him to discover his love of making music for the ‘little people’ while upholding ‘big people’ sophistication in each song. Wanting to bring this adult standard to children’s entertainment, Beau set out to create authentic folk rock for preschoolers with an educational undertone.
In 2011, Beau decided to take his songs on the road, firstly playing to local school kids in the Byron area. With awareness of the band growing organically, Beau’s school tour extended to greater New South Wales and beyond. It is this true ‘grassroots’ approach that lead Beau to Shelley.
Shelley, mother to Milla, 4 and Eadie, 3, first met Beau when he performed at Milla’s daycare in 2011 and the ANIMALS ROCK tracks have been on constant play in Shelley’s home and car ever since. The girls sing along and know all the moves!
Children’s entertainment is not new to Shelley. A veteran of the television industry for twenty years, Shelley began her presenting career at the age of 17 at Warner Bros Movieworld as an attraction presenter and character suit – yes, she was Daffy Duck! The Seven Network’s popular kids show, Saturday Disney soon recognized Shelley’s talents and the show became her home for six years, giving Shelley the pleasure of entertaining children nationally. The following six years saw Shelley build her career as one of the countries most respected hosts and presenters on hit shows such as The Great Outdoors and Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show. She’s now back entertaining kids and their families co-hosting top-rating primetime show, The Block.
Starting out as number one groupie of the ANIMALS ROCK band, Shelley soon became an official band member, bringing her extensive knowledge, undeniable energy, love for entertaining kids and sweet dance moves with her.
What began as a labour of love is now finally set to hit the airwaves thanks to the support of the ABC who are helping Beau and Shelley spread the lovable sounds of ANIMALS ROCK to households across the country.
With friends like Ben Harper, Ash Grunwald and Jack Johnson providing input along the ANIMALS ROCK journey, the debut album, Farm Animals set for release in June will without doubt give kids a taste of genuine music in a language and format they understand and get a buzz from.
MEET THE BAND
Plays guitar, writes the songs and sings with a little help from his band of friends. Beau is a cool, calm and collected character who just loves to play music.
Beau always comes up with the catchiest, most interactive style of song lyric. His favourite is “how about we try snap, snap, snap, snap crocodile fishing”.
Shelley loves animals and kids and although they are the two things she has always been warned NOT to work with, she can’t wait to discover new animals with you. So pick up instruments and just get singing!
Leonius Funk is king of the jungle and the band!
He is always introducing and playing different instruments that he believes work for each animal song. Leo is affectionately known to be one very cool cat.
Ginger is the stylin’ giraffe backing vocalist. An inquisitive, smooth, sweet soul sister, who helps Beau out with his lyrics and Animal moves for each song.
Gordo is the drum playing Gorilla who is surprisingly quiet and sleepy and a real slow talker. Bananas are his staple diet so when it comes to getting active on the drums, simply hand him a banana smoothie and watch him rip!
Lila the happy horse plays the bass guitar, believes in fairies, wears bell-bottom pants and likes to dance in the rain. Unaware of the 1970’s, she is still a flower
child (they are even in her hair). She’s the dreamer of the band, who makes strange but
sometimes great suggestions.