Who is Mr. Whit?
Mr. Whit is parent-friendly, kids' music from the songwriting team of Nick Stephens and Mark Whittaker. Inspired by artists like Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Bill Harley and Laurie Berkner, Nick and Mark have found a genre of music that reaches out to kids, ages 5 to 50. With songs like "I Want That", "Homework Blues", "Cardboard Box", and "Are We There Yet?", Mr. Whit has found a common ground for kids and their parents to sing, laugh, and jam out to the same songs.
Mark Whittaker is an elementary school teacher who has found a way to use his guitar in his classroom to teach, read, sing and be yourself. Every day, his students go home singing a song. His favorite sound in the world is when he can hear the whole room singing! Every Thursday, Mark takes his turn at teaching the basics of music, through guitar. There's nothing like passing some music on to somebody else...
Nick Stephens is the song man. Nick has been writing songs, poems, and stories for over 30 years. Inspired by storytellers of all genres and generations, he has found a story to tell with Mr. Whit. Nick is an IT professional who applies his creativity to web design to local businesses and other musicians. A constant learner, Nick has plenty of stories to tell with words and music.
Nick and Mark started writing music in the fall of 1992, while attending the University of Rhode Island. With an already substantial inventory of songs, Nick found a voice to his music, with Mark. Spending much of their time writing and performing for friends, they created a library of over 150 original songs in a period of almost 5 years.
Both Nick and Mark took a relatively long break from their music careers to marry their beautiful wives and start their own families. While always writing, performing and collaborating, the guys found a whole new inspiration in music; their children. Mark and Nick, each having three children, learned very quickly that the best audience is the one that has to listen. (Insert "smile" here). So, it was really the idea of writing songs that their kids could sing along to is where the music of Mr. Whit took its first step.
While listening to all the various kids music; from Sesame Street to Raffi, form the Wiggles to Imagination Movers, from Laurie Berkner to Dan Zane; Nick and Mark found real inspiration from Jack Johnson's CD from the movie "Curious George". They wanted to find a way for your entire family to share in that feeling music can bring you, in that toe tapping sort of way or for singing just to sing.
"I Want That", is a song that tells a story of nearly every child's need for things, while reminding everyone of that all important word, '...please...' "Homework Blues", brings both students and parents together over that lamentful period of the day when homework can become such a drag...the "Homework Blues" just might make you feel better. Moms, dads, and grandparents have always had the notion of being able to provide the best birthday gifts for their little boy or girl, but you can never quite compete with the giant "Cardboard Box" for all the entertainment you'll ever need. "Monday Morning (It's Summertime!)" is a song about the first Monday of summer, when kids are off but their parents still need to go to work. And with the song, "Are We There Yet?" you find that familiar theme you endure every time you go on a road trip...it always hits home, no matter where you go!
Mr. Whit is coming into your home, one song at a time, and will eventually find that tune that is going to make you smile. You'll have an awful hard time not singing along. "Everyone Sings With Mr. Whit!"