About Father Goose

Little Goose playing a Ukulele with Father Goose Wayne Rhoden was born in the picturesque Caribbean Island of Jamaica, West Indies. As a boy, he was always stimulated and intrigued by music of a wide variety, whether it was sounds of Jamaica and other Caribbean music or other sounds and influences of the rest of the world. He recalls that his first musical performance happened at the tender age of five. Using his family and friends as his audience, with trembling tiny fingers encircling a microphone he performed sing-along to some of his favorite radio recordings. As an adult, Wayne went on to pursue his musical dreams, which eventually spanned many personas including Father Goose and Rankin Don.

Early Career

A young Wayne Rhoden In the 80s Wayne worked non-stop on honing his craft as a sound system selector and DJ. He became an underground superstar in Jamaica and on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. During this time he recorded, Can’t Find Me Love and he made a huge splash with Baddest DJ. In the 90s the single Real McCoy was also another significant hit along with Black Queen and Green Card. As a result of his commitment to grow his music to the next level, Rankin Don was later introduced to producers who urged him to record for the mainstream labels. He has performed at major concert events with some of reggae’s top artists including, Gregory Isaacs, Grammy nominees Beres Hammond and Freddie McGregor, and past Grammy winners Shabba Ranks, Shaggy and Beenie Man.

Wayne brought Caribbean sing-along sounds to this collaboration with Zanes’s idea of “easy music”, thus re-inventing himself into the charming and loveable character “Father Goose”. Other members were later added and the band became known as “Dan Zanes and Friends”.

Father Goose has emerged as one of the shining stars from the Dan Zanes and Friends Band and has brought a breath of fresh air into the children’s music scene. Rankin Don in his adaption of “Father Goose” is able to embody the calm, non-threatening effect of the children’s television character Mr. Rogers while fusing together the playful contagious rhythms of reggae, rap, folktale, Calypso, pop and traditional children’s music.

Over the years, Father Goose has been a main featured act on Dan Zanes and Friends successful albums, DVDs, videos and live concert performances. The 2007 Grammy-winning album Catch That Train can attest to his strong kids appeal where he gives sterling performances of Pata, Pata and Choo Choo Ch’Boogie. The 2005 Grammy-nominated album House Party the electrifying crowd-pleasing Down in the Valley video aired twice weekly in rotation on Disney’s Networks to great reviews.

A staple of his show is audience participation so everyone gets in on the act with lots of playing, singing and dancing. For his portrayal of Father Goose, Wayne has garnered rave reviews as a performer performing at notable venues such as Sirius XM Kids Place Live, Carnegie Hall, Disney MGM studios, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, Sesame Place Live, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank, London, Levitt Pavilion – MacArthur Park, Melbourne International Arts Festival as well as other great fairs, libraries, schools and special events and venues.

While touring in 2003 Father Goose launched his first solo album Color with Father Goose followed by the 2007 release It’s a Bam Bam Diddly co-produced by Dan Zanes and Bashment Time in 2014.

Personal Life

2007 was a banner year for Father Goose. It included a worldwide tour, releasing the It’s a Bam Bam Diddly album and accepting a Grammy Award with Dan Zanes and Friends. But tragedy struck. Father Goose discovered he had kidney failure. After eight years on dialysis, twice on life support, and other complications, fate would have it that in December 2015 he received a kidney. Now fully recovered he’s more determined to finish what he has started.


Father Goose on a bicycle Over the years, despite his medical setbacks, Father Goose still continued to record and tour with his own band as well as occasional guest performances and album appearances with Dan Zanes and other children’s artists.

Post recovery, Father Goose has seamlessly continued his career as a songwriter, producer and still headlines his own exhilarating shows with his band, the “Goose Trotters”, and is currently working on his new album.

His recent projects and collaborations include star-studded music workshops for schools, and The Leadbelly Project with Dan Zanes, as well as other hit recordings with Aaron Nigel Smith, Josh and the Jamtones featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and others.

The Goose Trotters


Father Goose
Bendji Allonce — Percussion
Ben Lieberman — Lead Guitar
Steve A. Williams — Keyboards
Alex Busby Smith — Bass Guitar
Kate Ferber — Vocals
Delilah Lady Delish Tollinchi — Vocals
Steve Garcia — Trumpet and Percussion
Danger D — Vocals
Little Goose — Vocals