Born in the picturesque Caribbean Island of Jamaica, West Indies where practically every musical genre can be heard blasting from the radio stations, Rankin Don at an early age always knew where his heart laid.
As a boy, Rankin Don was attracted to the many sounds and flavors of music whether it be the islands old- fashioned mento, ska, studio one rhythms, dance hall reggae, gospel, calypso or the sounds from the USA (country, pop, rap, Hip Hop, rock, blues, jazz, R&B, etc) he was stimulated and intrigued by the music. Incensed with the dream of becoming a performer, Rankin Don listened and practiced whenever possible to all his favorite songs on the radio.
Rankin Don recalls that his first musical performance happened at the tender age of 5. Using his family and friends as his desired audience, with trembling tiny fingers encircling a microphone he performed sing-along to some of his favorite radio recordings. He states that standing on that makeshift stage performing in front of everyone "was the most terrifying and thrilling experience of my life" and the audience acceptance of his music solidified to him that he wanted to continue working in the music entertainment business when he grew up. So his family and friends became his listening audience whenever he had a new idea for a song.
As an adult, Rankin Don christened Wayne Rhoden went on to pursue his musical dreams. In the 90's he worked non-stop on honing his DJ craft and became an underground superstar in Jamaica and on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. During this time he recorded "Find me Love" and he made a huge splash with "Baddest DJ" which produced numerous sales abroad and in the United States. The follow-up single "Real McCoy" was also another significant hit. As a result of his commitment to growing 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.
Transcending into the Children's Entertainment arena Rankin Don has been performing as "Father Goose" for the past six years. In his adaptation of "Father Goose" he's able to personify 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. A proven multi-talented entertainer, Rankin Don performing as "Father Goose" has breathed fresh air into the children's music scene by letting children enjoy nursery sing-along and their parents reminisce about their own childhood melodies.
As the understated persona of Rankin Don takes the stage and morphs into the charismatic "Father Goose", children and their parents can be seen grooving in their seats to his music. A New York Village Voice article notes, "at a recent benefit performance Rankin Don's nursery rhyme toasting became one of the highlights of the Band's live show; several hundred sun baked tots crashed in the grass as their parents whooped it up with Father Goose". The staple factor of "Father Goose"'s performance is to incite tremendous audience participation so everyone gets in on the act with lots of playing, singing and dancing.
"Father Goose" is featured on all Dan Zanes and Friends' successful albums, DVDs and videos. From the "Rocket Ship Beach" album you can hear his performance of ABC where he makes learning tables fun for kids. On the Grammy Award winning album "Catch That Train" (co-released by Starbucks/Hear Music), he gives sterling performances on two of the singles Pata, Pata and Chu Chu Chu Boogie.