Mojo’s 2017 in Review

Shadow Me Still

Okay, we all know what a dumpster fire 2017 was from a political and social standpoint, so I’m just going to focus on the music here.

Undercover CoverAt the beginning of the year I released “Undercover”, a compiliation of all of the cover songs I’ve done over the last 10 years, including the very popular version of the Eurythmics’ “Missionary Man” I did with Deb Criveau, plus two new songs, “Need You Tonight” and “A Criminal Mind”. Undercover is available exclusively on Bandcamp.

While the middle of the year may have seemed like not much was going on, I was continuing to mix songs for other indie musicians like And Then There was One, plus helping Troy Adams with his ambitious concept album, while also continuing to run the weekly DIY Music Chat on Twitter, now heading into its third year!

I also got chances to see a whole host of great live bands, including Iron Maiden, Ghost, Dorothy, Devil in California, Zed, The Watchers, Thadeus Gonzalez, Truckfighters, Y&T, and more, hanging out with old friends and making some new ones.

Shadow Me Final CoverThis fall, I released a new single, Shadow Me, and am currently finishing up producing a video for it, which I hope to have out around the beginning of the year. Shadow Me and my last few releases can now be streamed on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, and Amazon!

Of course, new music is in the works! I will have a new single in January, an EP out in the spring and hope to have a full length album available some time next year.

How was your 2017? Let me know what bands you saw, what were some of your favorites?

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New Album! “Undercover”

Undercover CoverUndercover is a compilation of cover songs spanning the first 10 years of Mojo’s Army music. From the very first recording I did (The Green Manalishi) to my most recent release Need You Tonight, only available as of this album, Undercover covers it all.

It includes my first released single (Little Boxes), and my first collaboration with another singer, Deb Criveau, killing it on She Bop and the very popular Missionary Man. Included also is Gowan’s A Criminal Mind, a cover I began back in 2012 as an online request, but never finished until now. (I hope you’re still listening, wherever you are!). All the songs that were previously released as singles have been remastered for this album and sound better than ever.

Yes it’s 80s heavy — no question, the 80s had some great songs that have stood the test of time. Also, as a former MTV junkie, I can’t help but give props to those formative years, getting my musical taste expanded far and wide with exposure to all those great (and some not so great) videos.

I feel like I was successful bending these songs to my own style and making them my own, as is the hallmark of all good cover songs. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I enjoyed making them!

Keep rockin!

Mojo
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