Rick Scott's colorful, quirky songs for kids have been appreciated by parents and kids in the United States and Canada for two decades. A native of New Jersey, Rick moved to Canada in 1972. Since that time, Rick has considered Canada his home.
Although he'd been performing music since he was a teenager, Rick began his formal career as an actor. He starred in numerous dramatic and musical productions, and had the title role in the Canadian touring productions of the musical Barnum. He was also a part of the Pie Pumkin String Ensemble.
Rick's instrument of choice is the Appalachian Mountain dulcimer, a traditional instrument that Rick plays in a decidedly untraditional fashion. Rick's musical riffs perfectly set off his inventive lyrics. And he just can't seem to stop inventing: nearly every one of the songs on his albums are original.
Rick's first release for children, a 1981 cassette called The Pied Pear, was distributed in a limited area. Eight years later, Rick launched his own company, Jester Records, with The Electric Snowshoe. The album featured typically wacky titles such as "My Friend Has the Biggest Ears in the World." In 1992, Rick released Rick Around the Rock, and three years later, Philharmonic Fool. The album featured songs like "The Wild Bunnies of Kitsilano," which is funny even before you realize that Kitsilano is a sleepy suburb of Vancouver. Philharmonic Fool won the 1997 Pacific Music Industry Award for Best Children's Album. ~ P.J. Swift