Jessica Rowand, originally
a New Jersey native, whose song idols include Aretha Franklin, Diana
Ross and other soul legends, has had a passion for singing since she
took the stage the first time at eight years old. Early in her career
she sang in the New York City area with an all female band, London Underground.
She moved to Boulder in the early 90’s and performed with many
local groups. In 2000, she contributed her smooth vocals to local recording
artist “Soul Wave”, a side project of United Dope Front’s
Ben Senterfit and she sang with a dance funk cover band, Funkiphino.
Then Jessica and Paul
Rogalski began writing their own original songs and MojoMama was born.
The two combined Funk, Rock and Soul influences and began a search for
their own unique sound.
From Boston, Massachusetts,
Paul Rogalski was graduated from the Berklee College of Music in the
early 90’s. After graduation, he relocated to Boulder Colorado,
where he found, “a very welcoming music scene.” Local singer
Nina Storey asked Paul to join her musical effort and they released
a live CD, “Nina Storey Band BOOTLEG,” and played everywhere
from Boulder to the L.A. House of Blues. Paul then formed his own band,
Coykindred, a funk rock band fronted by local, Lauren Monroe. Within
six months they had composed and recorded a CD, which received great
reviews on the local scene. Then came MojoMama.
Britt Heaps, formerly
from Wyoming, is a talented well-rounded musician, who can play everything
from drums to guitar to bass. Prior to joing up with MojoMama, he had
been playing with the jazz group, Onsombley, and doing improvisation
gigs. He brings ripping solos and supportive funk rhythms to add color
to the group’s sound.
Mike Fogerty is a Colorado
native, who has been part of the Colorado music scene for the past 22
years. He has been the timekeeper for various Front Range bands such
as The Brokers, Twitch, Dave Davis and Blues Child. Having played different
styles of music which ranged from Blues to Metal to Funk, he has now
added his solid beat and rock steady groove to the MojoMama sound.
The band’s recently
released CD, Drivin' is available from: