Jacek Fiedorowicz (born July 17, 1969) is a Polish-Canadian actor, singer-songwriter, musician, composer and comedian known for performing as Raymond "Ray" Taylor in the RKO Network series It's the Paul Taylor Program!, which ran from 1981-1983 as a local series on various local Canadian TV stations before being picked up by the RKO Network in 1985 and running internationally on and off since then, being one of the longest running children's programs in both Canada and the United States. He also known for the voice of Banner in Bannertail, and he is also recognized as a prolific multilingual singer-songwriter / composer. As an actor, he has the ability to imitate a variety of accents. Jacek was also, along with Barry Berlin and Alberto Contini, a writer and producer for the girl group Satomura & Co., and he and Barry collaborated with Kåre Berrefjord for several years (including being co-writers of Arban Feng's debut international single "Combat").

He is a member of ACTRA, UDA, SOCAN, ADISQ, and ASCAP.

Biography

Early Life

Jacek was born in Łódź, Poland, and his family relocated to Canada in 1971 when he was 2 years old. He is the son of Mieczysław Fiedorowicz and Jadwiga Fiedorowicz, and he has a younger brother, Luke, and older sister, Joanna. Luke was a child actor and currently is a musician, and Joanna is an actress. The three siblings speak Polish, English and French. He attended Central Toronto Academy, from which he graduated with honors, and attended OCAD University and McMaster University.

TV & Music Careers

In 1980, Jacek made his first television appearance at the age of 10, which was in a Thrills gum commercial. The following year, he made his TV series debut in It's the Paul Taylor Program!, created by Dutch-born impresario Sjoerd Broekhuizen.

Jacek began his music career as a solo artist in 1983 at the age of 14 with his self-published cassette EP Sincerely, Jacek. In 1988, he began his soon-to-be main career as a musician & composer, and has since worked on the music of numerous TV shows & movies. At the age of 24, he co-wrote the Boblo Island Amusement Park jingle with Marv Simpleton and Paul Taylor composer Trevor Ockerbloom Jr., which was his first "jingle" songwriting credit, he also performed the vocals of the iconic "earworm" jingle. He has contributed several original songs to Sagwa's Siamese Life and the revival of Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat. Jacek has also continued his acting career in addition to being a musician. Since 2010, he has composed the music for the long-running Brazilian TV show O Programa do Sr. Wágner.

Together with Luiza Długosz, he performed "Nigdy nie panikuję", which was an entry for Melodia Polska, the national Polish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 1997. They also recorded an English version, "We'll Never Panic". This song was later adapted into "Warriors Anthem (Never Panic)", the theme song for Warriors (Długosz is credited as a co-writer alongside Jacek and Clay Cornelissen for the Warriors theme song).

Jacek, Lazlo Tremblay, Barry Berlin, and Jeremy Forfang produced A Kids for Characters Album: The Magic of Music!, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children and a Juno Award for Children's Album of the Year, as well as the songs for it's associated special Kids for Character: Moov'n & Groov'n.

Equipment

Keyboards

  • Roland Gaia SH-01
  • Roland JUPITER-80
  • Roland JUPITER-Xm
  • Roland AX-Edge
  • EDP Wasp
  • Moog Liberation
  • Moog Source
  • ARP Odyssey Mark III
  • Korg ARP Odyssey
  • Studiologic Sledge 2.0
  • Studiologic Sledge 2.0 Black

Guitars

  • 1987 Custom Lado R-1 - Jacek and Barney Hartikainen Park were given customized Lado R-1 guitars in 1987. Jacek got two Orange models and Barney got two White models. Both have the It's the Paul Taylor Program! logo on the fretboard. Jacek and Barney still own their Lado guitars.
  • 1975 Gibson L6-S - Jacek bought his Gibson L6-S in Natural Finish in 1984 from a flea market in Montreal. It's served as one of his main recording guitars since then. Jeremy Forfang performed with this guitar on "Ode to a Mole Miner" from Mole Miner.
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