The past four years have been an exciting whirlwind for the Ann Arbor, MI–based 13-year-old twins Ariel and Zoey Engelbert and their younger brother, 11-year-old Eli. With their nationally syndicated music variety TV show Ariel & Zoey & Eli, Too now in its second season, the trio – who also have their own band Sugar Station – have been dreaming big and living even bigger. Ever since Ariel and Zoey caught the attention of famed Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan with their cover of “The Rainbow Connection” that they recorded just for fun, it’s been full steam ahead, with the addition of little brother Eli, who has gone from the girls’ charming and animated emcee to a full-fledged member of the show and band. After their first tour of U.S. military bases in 2009, they were asked to film a pilot episode of a show that encompassed the energy of their live performances. Hence, Ariel & Zoey & Eli, Too came to be.
With the goal of empowering, educating and entertaining children primarily through music, Ariel & Zoey & Eli, Too debuted in September of 2010. It is now available in 90,000,000 U.S. homes and is aired on THECOOLTV M-F in the coveted 4:30pm slot. The show can also be seen on NBC Nonstop stations Saturdays at 8:30am and now PBS affiliates including WGTE (Toledo) at 5:00pm Wednesdays. The show features interviews with celebrities like Miranda Cosgrove, Cody Simpson and David Archuleta and musical performances with the show’s varied musical guests, as well as Sugar Station’s (AZ&E’s band) own music videos.
While Ariel, Zoey and Eli write their own songs and play multiple instruments each under their band name Sugar Station they have found a fan and a special collaborator in both the acclaimed Broadway music director /composer Gary Adler (Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Avenue Q) and Emmy Award-winning composer David Barrett. Both Adler and Barrett, who wrote the instantly recognizable sports anthem “One Shining Moment,” have written a slew of new songs for Ariel, Zoey and Eli to perform during the upcoming season of the show.
Most recently, they have teamed with American rock icon and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jim Peterik (Vehicle, Eye of the Tiger). Jim wrote and produced this anti-bully rock anthem for the three called “Hey Bully!”
Alongside their endeavors in the worlds of TV and music, Ariel, Zoey and Eli spend much of their time supporting U.S. troops and military families through performances and visits, including a 2009 summer tour of military bases across the country called “Operation: Sweet Company.” They have performed for the children of wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and in April 2011 they were invited to headline the “Celebration of Our Military Kids’ Star Power” event at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. They have even sung the national anthem at a Mets game at Shea Stadium and Citi Field and a sold-out Detroit Pistons game and have performed twice with the respected Ann Arbor Symphony.