Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra is a
12-piece explosion of righteousness that blends New Orleans party
music, Soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping
of jam-bandy Roots Rock and a righteous splash of good, upbeat Gospel
without the religious overtones (We like to call it secular gospel).
In the group’s short history they have already made a big splash in
the NYC music scene, sharing the stage with New Orleans stalwarts such
as the Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,
Bonerama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars
and Eric Lindell. They’ve sold out legendary venues such as the
Highline Ballroom and BB King’s.
The Revolution began expanding into other regions in April, 2009
playing 13 shows in 12 days during Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Since
then the group has performed in 10 states and developed a strong
presence in several markets up and down the eastern seaboard. Many
followers have attended recent Revivals in Vermont (Burlington
Discover Jazz Festival, Red Fox Inn), Boston (Harper’s Ferry), Long
Island (Stephen Talkhouse, Great South Bay Festival), Philadelphia,
Dewey Beach, Winston-Salem, Asheville (Bele Chere Festival), Atlanta
(Smith’s Olde Bar), Birmingham and New Orleans (Blue Nile & Tipitina’s
during VooDoo Fest).
Each BroJo tune has been meticulously arranged for the Love Revival
Revolution Orchestra: The three-piece horn section (the Shepherds of
the Wind), the gospel choir (the Voices of Reason), and the most
righteous rhythm section (the Guardians of the Groove) lay it down for
Brother Joscephus to sing about the pain, joy and wisdom that is in
The core group is twelve pieces, but the Revolution has been known to
expand to over sixteen (adding members to the gospel choir, fiddle,
mandolin and percussion) and plans are in the works to incorporate an
entire orchestra to back up the 12-piece core.
A Love Revival with Brother Joscephus is more than just excellent
original live music. BroJo is also all about the spectacle and
pageantry - it’s a life changing EXPERIENCE! The orchestra is decked
out in their finest whites (accented with the appropriate gold, purple
and green of Mardi Gras). They break out parasols, start each set with
a parade through the audience and throw out hundreds of Mardi Gras
beads over the course of a show. When the parade starts grooving the
crowd can't help but have a good time. It's undeniable!!
Brother Joscephus' message is one of righteousness: spread as much
love as possible around, regardless of your individual beliefs, race,
age, gender, sex, sexual orientation or whatever it is you're into.
Long as you're not hurting anyone, BroJo has much love for you and
encourages you to fill the space with whatever love you got. That's
what the Love Revival Revolution is all about.
Samia Mounts has been singing for as long as she can remember. There was never a time when music wasn't the central focus of her life, as well as the force that kept her going through good times and bad.
Her first live performance was at 5 years old in front of an audience of 500 at a family wedding. She sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and the microphone was bigger than her head. As a child, she wrote musical revues that she and her younger sister would perform for their father when he would return home from TDY ("temporary duty" - the military equivalent of a business trip.) The greatest hits of that era include "Daddy, We Missed You!" and "Welcome home, Daddy!" Most of the early songs had exclamation points in their titles.
In middle school, she wrote mini-musicals that she produced using her friends from around the neighborhood as cast, crew, and promotional team. Every parent was required to attend, so every show was a resounding success.
As a teenager, things started getting real. She performed across South Korea, where her father was stationed as an Air Force JAG lawyer, on USO Tours, and as a guest performer on many televised talent contests and Korean-American friendship concerts. She continued to write songs and copyrighted her first composition when she was fifteen.
After graduating from Seoul American High School, Samia decided to pursue a career in musical theatre. On that path (and sometimes off,) she had many excellent adventures - and a few bogus journeys - which took her all over the world. She began returning to Seoul sporadically to make money as a voice actor, and on one of those stints, she began singing lead and back-up vocals with the lounge/rock band Sotto Gamba. This was her first experience singing with a band, and she was terrified! Drawing inspiration from her favorite divas at the time, Alanis Morisette and Tori Amos, Samia braced herself and faced her fear of not knowing what to do without a script and blocking to rely on.
She got on stage and fell in love. She discovered in that first Sotto Gamba show that this kind of performing was what she was meant to do - not costumes and sets and lines - but freedom to choose how to move and how to sing. Freedom to just feel the music and nothing else. She was still singing someone else's songs, but now she had the freedom to really interpret it, outside the confines of a character and plot.
She spent almost a year singing with Sotto Gamba, and it was one of the happiest times of her life thus far. When she left Seoul, it was to attend the Boston Conservatory of Music to study musical theatre. Through all of this, she continued writing and singing her own music, but she kept the songs to herself. The boldness and bravery she'd exhibited as a kid seemed to have flown out the window! Samia felt like she'd lost her mojo.
In March 2008, Samia moved to New York City. After working in the musical theatre industry for several years, she realized it wasn't fulfilling her like she thought it would. She started singing back-up and some lead vocals in the funk/soul/gospel band Brother Joscephus & the Love Revolution, and once again, she reveled in the freedom that came along with being in a band.
But something was still missing. A powerhouse singer with huge range and control, Samia wasn't satisfied with singing back-up. She kept writing songs, and the more she wrote, the more she began to like her own music.
Now, nearly five years after moving to New York, Samia has finally found her voice, not only as a vocalist but as a songwriter. Combining raw rock/blues vocals with soul influences and immense power, range, and control, her songs are drawn from her experiences. To hear her music is to know who she is.