For millions of children across the country, PARACHUTE EXPRESS is synonymous with family entertainment at its very best. Featuring the talents of Donny Becker, Janice Hubbard, and Stephen Michael Schwartz, PARACHUTE EXPRESS has brought music and smiles to parents and children throughout the nation with its exceptional ability to blend great songwriting, sophisticated harmonies and a high-quality, kid-friendly production style.
In 2004 PARACHUTE EXPRESS celebrates its twentieth anniversary in the children's entertainment world having produced nine albums, two videos and a popularity and respect equal to its talent. PARACHUTE EXPRESS has been invited twice by President and Mrs. Clinton to perform at both Inaugural Celebrations -- at The Kennedy Center for "A Salute To Children" and on the National Mall in Washington D.C. In addition, PARACHUTE EXPRESS has been twice honored with the distinguished Parents' Choice Award, the industry's "seal of approval" for children's product. PARACHUTE EXPRESS' newest recording, "DOCTOR LOONEY'S REMEDY," was a finalist for Best Music for Young Children in the Children's Music Web Awards and has already garnered three awards since its release in 1998 -- the prestigious INDIE Award (Association for Independent Music) for Best Children's Music, The Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence, and The NAPPA (National Parenting Publications of America) Gold Award.
Named one of the "Superstars of Children's Music" by L.A. Parent Magazine and included in "Names to Be Reckoned With" by the Los Angeles Times, Donny, Janice, and Stephen have earned their reputation as one of the premiere entertainers in children's music today.
Established in 1984 to create music for the now internationally known Gymboree Play Program, PARACHUTE EXPRESS continues to be their musical backbone and inspiration. PARACHUTE EXPRESS' music is not only featured in Gymboree's classes but its videos are played daily in Gymboree's over four hundred retail stores around the country and the world. In 1991, Donny, Janice and Stephen joined forces with the Walt Disney Co. to re-release five of their albums previously with Gymboree. During that time they produced one of their most successful albums, "HAPPY TO BE HERE".
PARACHUTE EXPRESS' broad range of musical styles spans from folk to rock, R&B to jazz and just about everything in between. Whether you're cooking up a musical Jambalaya stew or picturing yourself marching down Bourbon Street to the sounds of a Dixieland band, the diverse music of PARACHUTE EXPRESS never fails to speak to the child in all of us.
Walt Disney Home Video, best known for "THE LION KING", "ALADDIN", and "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST", also released PARACHUTE EXPRESS' video, "COME SING WITH US". It received The Parents Choice Award for video excellence and The International Monitor Award for Best Special Effects. This live concert performance is overflowing with happy tunes and hand-clapping musical treats. Included, is the family favorite, "POLKA DOTS, CHECKS AND STRIPES" as seen on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon.
PARACHUTE EXPRESS' uplifting composition, "WE THE CHILDREN," inspired by the growing need to bring awareness to child abuse, has now become an anthem for children's rights organizations across America. In addition, look for PARACHUTE EXPRESS singing the theme song to the new JAY JAY THE JET PLANE animated television show on PBS!
In this ever-changing entertainment business, it is a true testament to PARACHUTE EXPRESS to have such miraculous staying power. With the sudden rise and fall of certain well-known animated and puppet-like creatures, there is no doubt that PARACHUTE EXPRESS, with its human ability to touch the hearts of others, will be here for many generations to come.