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For most of us parents out there, we have
our kids’ music and then we have our music.
Rarely, if ever, is there overlap between the
two. That’s where Go Fish comes in.
Go Fish is essentially three dads “on a
mission to make good music for kids that
won’t drive parents crazy,” so says Jamie
Statema, frontman for the kid-friendly crew.
Sound good? You bet!
Sound planned? Hardly!
“We never dreamed in a million years
we’d be doing what we’re doing now,” Jamie
Originally, Go Fish looked like a lot of
other bands out there—signed to a label,
pursuing radio, pursuing hits—you know,
“We were signed to InPop Records, touring like crazy,
getting our singles out there, doing the typical CCM thing.
“One thing we noticed everywhere we went—everyone
from little kids up to grandparents were showing up for our
set. Our fans were younger… always families.”
Already a bit on the fringe stylistically, the group took
another bold step forward and presented the idea of
creating an album just for families with young kids. They
approached the label with the idea. And while it didn’t fit in
with that label’s direction and mission, they were generous
enough to release the band from their contract to go make
“When the first CD, Splash came out, it blew us away,”
Jamie says. “There was a huge need for music that parents
and kids could agree on. Being in the same category as
Barney and The Wiggles wasn’t really cool, but we wanted
to focus on it. Right about that same time we did all become
dads as well.”
The first album caught like wildfire and before they knew
it, they were fully immersed in the business of kids, families
and fun. Soon, they also began to recognize the need for
stronger curriculum for these kids. So they wrote their own,
specifically geared towards Vacation Bible School.
“Even well meaning children’s workers water down
the Gospel because they think they can’t handle it. All
[the kids] know is ‘Jesus can be your best friend.’ We
don’t dumb down our music or lyrics for the kids. Kids
are smarter than you think… and they’re dealing with
all kinds of things—divorce, things at school… it’s an
unstable world that we live in. To think that kids don’t pick
up on that, we’re fooling ourselves. Parents need to step
up. We can’t expect churches, schools, etc., to teach the
Bible. That role falls on the parents. That’s really the key to
turning things around.”
Their latest VBS curriculum, is being
used by over 1000 churches. And with
their latest album, Kickin’ It Old School
(traditional hymns with a hip vibe,)
Go Fish is poised to continue to bring
families and multiple generations
together in the name of Christ and a good time.
Fishers of… Families
Go Fish is on a mission to unite kids and parents
For more, visit gofishguys.com.