Songwriter / Vocals
Also a Columbus native but his roots stem southwards to the heart of Bluesville, to the cradle of the blues… Memphis TN and Holly Springs Mississippi! His gritty vocal sound of conviction fuels the Mojo machine. He has been singing since he was a child, Started in the church with his four sisters, they called themselves the Richard Singers. (Another decader!) He says he can’t remember not writing or singing, music has been with him his whole life. His influences are Shirley Ceaser, Bobby Womack, Sam Cooke. Bobby Bland and Johnny Taylor. He fell in love with the blues at a juke joint in the back woods in Benton County Mississippi… Mark is also a published author!
Drums / Vocals
Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, Todd has been playing for a few decades as well, three to be exact! Todd delivers a solid foundation with strong background vocals, he’s not a songwriter (he claims) but he sure arranges pretty good! Over the years he has played with many bands, most recent band of note was Mari Jayne, who has opened for great acts like Quiet Riot and L.A. Gunns. His influences are Glen Kemuel, Buddy Rich and Joey Jordenson.
Keyboards / Vocals
Born in Plainfield New Jersey, settled in Columbus in 1970, Jeff also brings his decades of musical learning to Mojo Theory (he smiles but won’t say how many). Jeff has a classical musical upbringing and has played with a number of bands of the day, including The Trolls, The Turnerville Trolley, and the Ofay Blues Band to name a few. He has composed his own music, played with choirs and R & B bands too! (whew!) Jeff’s extraordinary style adds the zig to zag… you will enjoy the one-of-a-kind style of Jeff “JMO” Morris!
Bass Guitar / Mojo Theory
Duane became involved in music at the age of 14 years old. Playing in the school band opened a door that has never closed. Music became a driving force in his life. Over the years playing with different bands and playing various instruments, the bass guitar eventually became his instrument of choice.
Duane, (Coffee as he’s known) has used his talents playing with local bands, usually R & B, soul and rock. Fate seemed to have brought him to Mojo Theory, bringing with him a wealth of experience, talent and creativity, and most importantly, a style of play that is his own. The blues genre is a new experience, but as he says, it has regenerated a new motivation. Coffee’s skills and musical experiences blends perfectly with the ever evolving sound of Mojo, keeping in line with the Mojo sound of the 20th century, fresh and provocative.
Guitarist / Songwriter / Vocals
A multi-instrumentalist and lead vocalist specializing in guitar, Brian has been performing professionally for over 35 years both on stage and in the studio. Brian’s exciting and unique guitar playing has been well honed over his years of experience playing many different genres of music. Brian cites Carlos Santana, George Harrison, and B.B. King as some of his main influences in developing his own style. Brian is also an accomplished lead and backing vocalist. A reviewer in St Louis once described Brian as having a “chameleon” voice, being able to change phrasing and match his vocals to multiple styles of music. Brian currently resides in Worthington, Ohio with his beautiful wife Melissa, and a passel of rescue cats and parrots. In his spare time, Brian performs stringed instrument and electronic repair on a limited basis and has developed his own line of custom guitar pickups as the sole proprietor of Mad Dr. B Customs. Look him up on facebook or at www.maddrb.com
Brian Beatty 614 632-7076