• Thursday , 17 August 2017

Get To Know Mojo McGee

When you hear the phrase, “Girls Rock”, it can be used literally to define this group of women who have dedicated their life’s work to their love of music. Today I sit with the founding members of the band, MoJo McGee.

SCMG:  Hi Laurin and Billie! I’m so excited to talk to you today about our shared love for music. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

MoJo McGee:   We are a 4 piece rock band with a fusion of jazz, classical and RnB. Collectively we play saxophone, lead guitar, piano and drums.

SCMG:   What is it about Charleston that makes you want to plant your musical footprints here?

Mojo McGee:  Chance led us here and the love of music kept us here. I, (Billie), grew up in a small city in Maine. I (Laurin) raised in Charleston and grew up on the Isle of Palms. Charleston is just right size to cut our teeth musically. The weather is great and there are an abundance of music festivals that celebrate the arts. The opportunities are endless.

SCMG:  What defines good music and what are your musical influences?

Mojo McGee:   

  • Laurin: Music is very subjective and it is very hard to define music or good music. But for me a good groove and a great sequence of chord changes is what defines good music to me.
    • Laurin’s musical influences:

Heart, Earth Wind and Fire, Gino Vanelli, The Osmonds. Led Zeppelin, Pat Benatar, Stevie Wonder and both Billie and I really dig the groups from the U.K such as Jamiroquai, Incognito and the Brand New Heavies

  • Billie: What defines good music to me is anything musically that evokes a multitude of emotions which culminate to move me.
    • Billie’s musical influences:

All types of music but to name a few Claude Debussy, No Doubt, Stereo lab, Ben Folds Five, Jamiroquai and the list goes on and on

SCMG:   At what age did you realize that you were musically inclined?

  • Billie: My mother was a music teacher and encouraged me to share her love of all types of musical genres. I have been surrounded by music my entire life. It was at age 10 that I started piano lessons which gave me the confidence I needed to take the stage.
  • Laurin: I’ve been a musician since I was in the 5th grade – my first band competition at age 12 was my awakening moment. The school music program was the best thing that ever happened to me. Music has shaped my life in such a way that I would be lost without it. I grew up watching my mom perform in a local band in Charleston and knew this was what I wanted to do.

SCMG:  You’ve been on this musical journey for many years. What is your most memorable experience?

Mojo McGee:  One of our original songs was featured on Bubba the Love Sponge’s nationally syndicated radio show during the “Unsigned Band Review” segment and received very positive feedback and tied for first place.

We were also offered a record deal with a label in Hollywood, CA and were selected to be one of the featured acts at the Ayers Underground Music Festival outside of Nashville this upcoming June

SCMG:  Are you writing your own music? If so, how do you find inspiration for your songs?

MoJo McGee:   We both have written and/or co-written songs throughout the years. One of our most favorited original pieces entitled, “Zero 8” can be heard on our Reverbnation profile.

  • Billie: I’m a horticulturist by day and find the peaceful work with plants allows my mind to stay open to be inspired to pen my thoughts. I constantly coming up with ideas for new music.  Link to music and horticulture is the gratifying praise of seeing the finished product.

SCMG:  What lasting impression do you want to leave with your listeners?

Mojo McGee:  We want people to not just hear one continuous song. Our sound is not a locked in the groove of one particular genre. Every song is different and makes you feel different.  We want to celebrate variety and diversity in music.

SCMG:   How can people find out more about your upcoming project and performance dates?

Mojo McGee:  We can be found on Facebook and Reverbnation. See the links below

Reverbnation:  https://www.reverbnation.com/mojomcgee

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/MoJo-McGee-1444192199173155/

SCMG:  This was so awesome! We are looking forward to hearing more about your upcoming work. We wish you all the best! Thank you!

Jennifer Simmons
Team Lead / Senior Contributor At The South Carolina Music Guide
Jennifer Simmons has been surrounded by Music all of her life. Her father, a lead guitarist, and her mother, a gospel singer, made certain she stayed involved in the area of music from a young age. As a musician (drums, keyboard, violin) herself, she understands what it takes for an artist to fulfill their dreams. She has been an advocate for singers and musicians for several years. Her life motto is - "If I help someone, he will help someone else in return."

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