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As recently featured on the Huffington Post:All-Female Rock Band Reminds Moms They Are 'Enough'
The Huffington Post | By Caroline Bologna
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ABOUT THE BAND
Amid tales of teenage heartbreak and gone-wild nights at the club, where’s the music for women like us? We weren’t hearing our lives reflected on the radio, so we decided to sing it ourselves.Can’t find what you need? Contact email@example.com.
MEET THE MRS.
ANDRA LIEMANDTConsidered by her bandmates to be “the driving force of The Mrs.,” Andra’s passion, strength and energy are what has turned The Mrs. from a personal project into a mission. Andra is determined to bring a new genre of music to the radio that connects with women like her—wives, mothers, career women, and those who are trying to do it all.Starting out as more of an athlete than a musician, Andra began playing drums “later in life,” both to occupy herself while her two daughters were practicing their instruments, and to set an example for them (hard work pays off!). She was quickly hooked, fitting practice into any gap she’d find between professional and parental commitments.Andra’s heart is always with her husband and two young daughters, but her soul is with The Mrs. Between work functions, workouts, afternoon activities and the bedtime routine, Andra can’t stop practicing her drums, writing and dancing to new songs, and dreaming about bringing The Mrs. to women who should know what she recently learned — that it’s never too late to go for it.
MANDY PRATERMandy’s insatiable passion for music began in small-town Indiana where she surprised her parents with an original song at age 3. Since then, she has rocked out in a grunge band in high school (while also performing in show choir), in a girl band in college (while working as a radio DJ at U of Chicago), and while learning audio engineering at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona.Mandy has worked hard to follow her musical dreams no matter where they’ve taken her, most recently in New Orleans, where she played in a cover band until Katrina hit. Post-Katrina, Mandy and her soul mate Anthony packed up instruments, cats and a few belongings and drove to a city where she knew she could keep performing, enjoying amazing original music, and living her bohemian lifestyle- Austin.In Austin, Mandy bartends at Threadgills (the musician mecca best known for giving Janis Joplin her start) to keep her schedule flexible enough to play and perform as much as possible. The Mrs. has been the perfect opportunity for her, offering a fun and meaningful outlet for her creativity in a group of women who understand the power of music throughout all of life’s twists and turns.
- Jennifer fell in love with music as a child, and started singing at age 3 in her small town Georgia church. She credits her Granddad, a Music Minister, as her greatest musical influence. In high school, Jennifer sang with classic rock bands at graduation parties, and in college took karaoke contests and singer-songwriter nights by storm.Moving to Austin, Texas in 2000, Jennifer was instantly immersed in the music scene. She’s been a member of numerous music outfits for the past 15 years, and is a regular at standards like The Elephant Room and Brasshouse, performing with jazz and big band groups.While Jennifer’s music roots center around her small town family values, her unconventional ideas have led her to perform for a President and write her own indie-folk music. Her next goal? To create an album with her young daughter, who loves to sing, too. Jennifer’s theory on music is that by keeping it honest and real, it can enhance people’s lives. She thrives on collaborating with new musicians and making friends in the process, and The Mrs. has been no exception.
JENNY MASONThe moment anyone meets Jenny, they understand why her bandmates call her “the heart of The Mrs.” Jenny is a friend to many, a very involved mother of three, and a committed nonprofit volunteer, always the first to bring a meal, lend a hand or offer an ear to those in need.Which is exactly why The Mrs. has been such an enlightening experience for her. Through the challenge of conquering the bass and the bravery required to rock out on stage, Jenny has learned that doing something for yourself actually makes you a more well-rounded mom, wife and friend.Admittedly frilly on the surface, Jenny’s true personality is actually more like her favorite style from a decade of running her own interior design business. “Traditional with a twist,” Jenny is loyal, thoughtful and sweet… but is also ready to shake things up when there is fun to be had with friends. Always on the lookout for new adventures, Jenny is thrilled that the bass and this band have grown from challenge to career, and can’t wait to see where they take her next.
LARISSA NESSMusic has been the center of Larissa’s world since she was a toddler, running between the beach and the piano in the small Texas fishing town where she grew up. This piano was literally the centerpiece of her little home — it had been forklifted inside and was not only used constantly by her family, but also by the students of Larissa’s piano teacher mother.Larissa has followed in her mother’s footsteps as a piano teacher, but her taste in music is considerably edgier. Her funky style was apparent from the moment she began writing and recording professionally at the age of 16, and she has released albums and singles as a solo artist across such genres as jazz, Latin, hip-hop, pop and electronic music.Both as a newlywed and as someone who has studied countless genres and bands, Larissa sees The Mrs. as an opportunity to bring the world something totally new — music that connects with a huge, fabulous population of women who could use an updated anthem or two.