The British Columbia couple behind children’s YouTube sensation Pancake Manor are set to release their eighth studio album.
The 25-track collection, titled Just a Minute, is out Friday, January 14, and is the culmination of hard work by Billy Reid and Reb Stevenson. The duo produce everything in their home studio in Saanich, where they then turn the songs into YouTube videos that combine live puppet work and animation.
To date, Pancake Manor’s videos have garnered 1.8 billion views and the channel has 2.6 million subscribers.
“When we first met, we understood music right away and it’s kind of funny that it turned into a career for us as a couple,” Stevenson said.
The two have always really loved children, she added, and tapping into a sharper market didn’t quite seem right to them when trying to decide which market to explore about 10 years ago.
“We really wanted to do something creative that was harmless. There’s a feel-good element to it and it’s nice to have a positive effect on children, no matter how small.
The couple have a three-year-old daughter whom Stevenson has described as their inspiration and test subject, citing how interesting it is to learn what she gravitates towards most.
“Another interesting part of our journey is that we struggled to conceive a child, the whole time we did Pancake Manor, we wanted to start a family,” she said. “Our wish to have a child was expressed through these videos and allowed us to be part of the world of parents before we could – and then we had our miracle daughter through IVF.”
As voices in the parenting community, Stevenson and Reid have been quick to discuss their personal family experience and they hope to convey to other couples that there is no shame in struggling to conceive.
Just a Minute is streamed on digital music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, and through Pancake Manor’s music label, Moonbug Music, which also represents popular children’s shows such as Blippi and CoComelon.
Visit their YouTube channel or check out their website at pancakemanor.com to learn more.
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