Imagine parents honestly being able to enjoy the music that their children enjoy. Imagine soulful and current renditions of the ABC's, 1-2-3's, and learning how to be polite. Imagine a diverse, and incredibly hip duo, teaching children through music on an animated train.... And Choo-Choo Soul is born!
Choo-Choo Soul was developed by video game designer Greg Johnson while working on his project "ToeJam & Earl III, Mission to Earth" for the Xbox. Burke Treischmann, who was the audio lead and music director on the project, had a working relationship with Greg for over 15 years. The two met Genevieve Goings when she auditioned for one of the voiceover roles in the game. Although she didn't land the lead part, she recorded several character voices, some of which were gospel singers. Genevieve suggested actually singing the lines as opposed to speaking them. Greg and Burke were so blown away by the soul in her voice that Greg edited the script, adding over 10 pages of new singing lines for Genevieve.
"I had down time between game projects and was being driven crazy listening to bad children's music, and searching stores for something the family could all enjoy together, and thus was born the concept of Choo- Choo Soul" Greg says. He began by writing the song concepts, melodies and lyrics and recruited Burke and Genevieve to translate the concepts into full and complete songs. The music is contagious and soulful, with a focus on trains and learning. After the completion of the project, Greg pitched the CD around to various outlets, hoping for a distribution deal or possibility of an animated series. Having a working relationship with Disney from a previous pitch, Greg sent the CD in and the response was amazing. Genevieve and Greg were flown to Los Angeles for what turned out to be an unprepared audition in front of a classroom of 4-5 year olds. The children loved her and the execs at Playhouse Disney decided to move ahead with filming 10 interstitials that now air on the Disney Channel daily and feature Genevieve as the Star in character as the Train Conductor assisted by DC, her beatboxing, and breakdancing engineer.
Most recently "Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!" has been honored with a 2007 PARENTS CHOICE AWARD for Children's television!
Born to musician parents in the Bay Area, Genevieve Goings has been creating music since childhood. Touring with her neo-soul band, Legato in 2004 the artist perfected her live stage performance. Her studio career began in hip-hop, writing and recording "hooks" for multiple local artists. This expanded into joining many hip-hop groups and free styling at many San Francisco venues. Her studio experience led her into voiceover work, and to date she can be found on multiple video games, children's toys, and websites. Since the success of "Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!", she has moved to the Los Angeles area and released a solo album: "Diversity Personified", a title expressive of not only her diverse heritage, but her effortless knack for combining genres and styles.
Constantine "DC" Abramson is a renaissance man of the entertainment world. Break dancing, beat boxing, acting, painting and working as one of the NBA's most recognizable mascots are only a few of his talents. DC and Genevieve toured together in the band "Legato" and began a mutual appreciation for each other's talents. As he would beat box and break dance at the shows, Genevieve introduced him to Greg and he was immediately hired on to add his beat boxing to the Choo Choo Soul project. At the time DC was also the mascot "Sourdough Sam" for the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to his role as the beat boxing, break dancing engineer on "Choo-Choo Soul with GENEVIEVE!" DC is currently working with the NBA'S Golden State Warriors as their team Mascot, "THUNDER".