BURBANK, Calif.–Actor, singer and comedian extraordinaire Wayne Brady now adds children’s entertainer to his resume with the release of Radio Wayne, his Walt Disney Records’ debut children’s album. Re-creating the world of drive-time radio, Brady plays DJ Wayne on the album, talking to listeners while introducing a hot mix of songs designed help kids with everyday life lessons. Radio Wayne is now available exclusively on Amazon.com, and arrives at retailers nationwide and online music stores May 31.
Produced and arranged by the Heavyweights (Jack Kugell, Jamie Jones and Jason Pennock), Radio Wayne features 14 songs, with all of the original tracks co-written by Brady. Touching on a range of musical styles–from Jazz and Reggae to Blues and Hip Hop–Brady sings about good manners (“Say Please,” “Wash Your Hands”), good habits (“Reading Can Be Fun,” “You Are What You Eat”) and just plain having fun (“Hide and Seek,” “Hip Hop Stop”).
The project was inspired by the good times Brady has shared with his daughter, Maile, and his commitment to being a parent. “In this day and age, kids are far more mature for good and bad than children of any other generation,” says Brady. “You have 6-year-olds who can quote Lady Gaga’s lyrics. That’s why I did this CD. I wasn’t happy with a lot of what my daughter was listening to. We decided to make songs that are as dance-worthy as other Top 40 songs.”
As a singer, Wayne released his solo album debut, A Long Time Coming, in 2008, while making his Disney debut that same year with a cover of “Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” for the Disney Music Block Party compilation.