After 5 years, 400+ shows, and four award-winning albums, New Jersey-based 21 year-old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford released his 5th album “Its Only Change” in July 2013. Its Only Change was recorded in Nashville, TN with producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and features performances from Jerry Roe (K.D. Lang), David Labruyere (John Mayer) and Aubrey Freed (Black Crowes, Sheryl Crow). Producer Ken Coomer, states, “Quincy Mumford is a true artist that can bring raw 70′s style rock and funk highlighted with the voice of an old soul, it’s a perfect blend.”
Its Only Change displays many different emotions and musical styling’s including rock, soul, jazz, funk and hip-hop. States Quincy, “This record is like nothing I have ever done before. For the first time, I was able to mesh all of my influences into one complete piece of work.” Several different life changing experiences during the past year have provided Quincy with an array of lyrical content to complement the expansive sonic approach to Its Only Change.
Its Only Change opens with “Change”, the final song written for the album completed during pre-production in Nashville with Coomer. The album title draws from the song name and speaks towards a new musical direction for Quincy and the band. “Time Won’t Wait” explores a young man’s struggle with accepting reality and features an emotionally charged refrain with heavy jazz/R&B inspired verses. “Under the Covers” funky bass and driving drum beat draw the listener in and “Eventually”, an introspective ballad, speaks to a need for a simpler life. “A Hard Place”, the first single on the album, is a bouncy, energetic reggae inspired metaphor for feeling small in this world.
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why’s 2012 release “Live At The Saint” captures the band’s live sound featuring songs from Quincy’s three previous studio albums. Quincy states, “after recording Live at the Saint, I was ready to take on a new challenge” as evidenced on Its Only Change. The Live at The Saint DVD includes footage from the concert shot on multiple cameras, interviews with the band, scenic cinematography and a documentary featuring Quincy and the band members’ musical getaway and adventures in the mountains of Vermont. The film was directed, edited, and filmed by Quincy’s award winning brother, Kyle Mumford, and his Lifted Pictures’ film crew.
Quincy and The Reason Why are excited to continue their tireless performance schedule and are set to headline a 6-week US tour in the summer of 2014 playing over 40 shows from June 28th to August 10th. Mumford’s previous tours which has found him sharing the stage with Slightly Stoopid, Rusted Root, moe., Donovan Frankenreiter, Tedeschi Trucks Band and performing at major music festivals The Gathering of the Vibes and Musikfest. Quincy and the band also volunteer their time for The Surfrider Foundation and hold other environmental causes close to their collective hearts.
Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy’s music possesses the same “feel good” attitude that the young man himself does. Its Only Change establishes Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why as a “Band to Watch” in 2014.
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why
Karlee Bloomfield (Asbury Park, NJ) started playing the piano at the age of 5. She began studying classical piano at a young age before moving on to learning the techniques behind popular music. She attended the School of Rock program at age 13 playing piano, bass, and drums. Shortly after, Karlee was accepted into the classical piano program (1 of 4) at a near by performing arts high school. Karlee has shared the stage with national acts such as, George Clinton, Grace Potter and Ween. When Karlee is not playing music, you can find her drawing, painting, or out seeing live music. Some of her favorite bands are ALO, Phish, and Umphrey’s McGee. Her favorite song of Quincy’s to play live is “Sound’s Like Music”. She has been playing with Quincy since 2008 and is currently studying music at Montclair University; double majoring in classical music education and jazz studies.
Nick Iannelli (Wall, NJ) began playing guitar at the age of 12. It wasn’t until the age of 14 that he realized bass was his true passion. He found himself becoming a multi instrumentalist playing bass, guitar, ukulele, singing, and being the front man in his long time group, Lemon Juice. He continued studying his instruments, playing local gigs with his band, and solo shows with his ukulele. He graduated from the Institute of Audio Research for audio engineering in 2012 and is currently studying bass at The Collective Music School in NYC. Nick joined Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why fall 2013, and is currently playing bass and singing back up vocals in the group. Nick has a wide range of influences from Sublime to Jaco Pastorius and enjoys writing his own music. His Favorite songs to play with the group are “Under The Covers” and “Eventually.”
Mike Zdeb (Red Bank, NJ) began studying the guitar at age 12, after watching a classmate perform at a local concert. After 6 years of studying privately with local guitarist, Matt O’Ree, Mike moved on to study Music Education and Jazz Studies at Rowan University. Since moving back to his home town, he has been playing with jazz combos, local singer/song-writers and cover bands. Mike enjoys playing slide guitar the most, out of all the styles he has studied. His influences include Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes, Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Mike’s favorite songs to play with the band are “Time Won’t Wait,” and “Free From It All.”
David Vossel (Brooklyn, NY) was born in Reggio Emilia (Italy). Both of David’s Parents are professional classical ballet dancers. Thanks to his parents, he developed a love for music at a very young age. David has been playing drums since the age of 15 and has been trained by some of the best music teachers Italy has to offer including Luca Canei and Alessandro Lugli. In 2011, he decided to move to New York City and began studying at The Collective School Of Music. David got the chance to study with some of the best musician in the world such as Peter Retzlaff, Jason Gianni, Francesco Beccaro, Mark Flynn, Ian Froman, Frank Gravis, Andrea Longato and Pat Petrillo. David met Brian Gearty (bass- The Reason Why) while jamming at the Collective. Brian introduced him to Quincy and his music. He joined The Reason Why in October 2012.
Quincy’s talent hasn’t been a secret around here, he’s won many awards in a very deep pool of talent here on the Jersey Shore. The growth he’s shown as a songwriter, band leader, and singer over the course of 5 albums in 6 years is nothing short of extraordinary. He’s got the talent, drive, determination and heart to break out and prove it to the rest of the country.