MTV wonders, is music in the genes?
Can DNA really make you a star? That’s the question MTV was asking when they cast the children of rock stars and music legends in “Rock the Cradle,” a weekly “live” singing competition series beginning April 3 at 10:00.
The contestants include Landon Brown (son of Bobby Brown), A’keiba Burrell-Hammer (daughter of MC Hammer), Lara Johnston (daughter of Tom Johnston /The Doobie Brothers), Chloe Rose Lattanzi (daughter of Olivia Newton John), Crosby Loggins (son of Kenny Loggins), Jesse Money (daughter of Eddie Money), Jesse Blaze Snider (son of Dee Snider), Lil Al B Sure (son of Al B Sure), and Lucy Walsh (daughter of Joe Walsh/The Eagles).
Each week, these talented progeny will rehearse with producers, songwriters and choreographers before performing ‘live’ in front of a studio audience and an expert panel of judges. Ultimately, the fate of these second generation musical artists will be in the hands of the viewers at home, who will vote to determine which offspring has what it takes to emerge from their parent’s shadow, claim a lucrative recording contract and declare their independence.
“The concept for ‘Rock The Cradle’ is excitingly pure and simple — is musical talent genetic?” said Tony DiSanto, Executive Vice President, Series Development & Programming for MTV. “This show pits the offspring of music legends against one another in a weekly competition to see who has what it takes to follow in the footsteps of their famous parent. It’s the roots of MTV meets today’s generation. We’ll explore the relationships, the home life, the drama, the music…and the universal experience of dealing with and living up to the expectations of your parents.”
Is music talent inherited? Looks like we’re about to find out.