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June 24, 2004

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Sometimes it's fun to act like a kid again. Christian trio Go Fish has made an entire album for just that purpose. Known for its a cappella musical stylings, the group's latest release is titled "Splash," and is filled with sing-along worthy songs. The trio will perform some of the tracks during a visit to Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on Sunday.

"The songs are very simple, very singable," says member Jason Folkmann. "I walk around all day and can't get them out of my head, and that's a good sign. That means they'll stick in kids' heads too." The songs on the album include Sunday school favorites like "This Little Light of Mine" and "B-I-B-L-E," as well as tunes penned by the group. Though Go Fish shows have always been kid-friendly, and the crowds are consistently peppered with the under-18 set, the group specifically set out to make "Splash" for a certain demographic.

"A lot of kids' products out there speak down to kids, but we wanted to bring kids up to our level," says Folkmann. "We put just as much time and effort into this CD musically as anything else. We wanted kids to have a product like that." Folkmann says the trio recognized the tendency of some children's fare to be wearing on adults, so there was an effort to choose songs that "kids would not only enjoy but wouldn't drive parents nuts."

As a result of trying to reach a different market, Folkmann says members of Go Fish have seen the doors open for the CD and their careers. The group was recently invited to perform at the Best Buy headquarters in Minneapolis, where Go Fish is based, and hold a CD release party for "Splash." Over 1,000 people showed up to meet the trio. "We've gotten a lot of opportunities we've never gotten before, and it makes us so excited," says Folkmann.

Posted by acapnews at June 24, 2004 9:35 PM


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