After 6 years, 600+ shows, and four award-winning albums, New Jersey-based 23 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.
Quincy and The Reason Why are excited to continue their tireless performance schedule, whether they are out for a 3 day weekend run in the northeast, headlining a packed home town show, or hosting a 2 set super jam across country. Mumford’s previous tours have 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 Mumford & the Reason Why often host “Super Jams” at their shows inviting different local musicians from the area to sit-in during various songs. Says Quincy, “We want to engage in the music scene and meet new people on the road.” “The Super Jam allows us to do both at the same time.”
Quincy and the band also volunteer their time for The Surfrider Foundation and hold other environmental causes close to their collective hearts. As well as putting on numerous of benefit concerts, raising money for various different non-profits including Mary’s Place by the Sea, an organization that provides a place for women with cancer to heal mind, body, and soul. In addition, Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why have seen great placement success with “Now that I Met You” presented in a Walt Disney World commercial, music featured on ESPNU, “Inside the Big East” television program, and featured performers in New Jersey’s “Stronger than the Storm”, tourism commercial 2014.
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 2015.
Quincy Mumford & The Reason Why
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.”
Ian Thompson (Wall, NJ) cultivated a passion for music at a young age, first getting his hands on a pair of drumsticks at 10 years old. At 14 he enthusiastically began lessons on his family’s upright piano and hasn’t left the keys since. Since 2005 Ian has played with many groups in and around Asbury Park, most notably Lemon Juice, along with bassist Nick Iannelli. Ian’s biggest influences in music are the Grateful Dead, Marco Benevento and Snarky Puppy. His favorite tunes to play are “Shifted” and “Feel for you”.
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.
Brett Mayer (Point Pleasant, NJ) began studying piano at age 10. After 8 years of studying privately, Brett moved to Boston to pursue a degree in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music. After college, Brett began working at MSR Studios in New York City. During his time as an assistant engineer, Brett had the privilege of working with a wide range of great artists, including Chick Corea, Madonna, The Roots, Sting, and many others. Since leaving the studio, Brett has pursued work as a freelance keyboardist and audio engineer. For the past two years, he has engineered a number of projects and toured extensively in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Brett played his first show with Quincy in December of 2014. His favorite songs to play with the band are “Shifted” and “Time Won’t Wait.”
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.