|Born||La Crescenta, CA|
|Genres||Americana, rock, country|
|Instrument(s)||Vocals, guitar, harmonica|
|Labels||Red Parlor Records |
California Country Records
Manda Mosher is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, and a founding member and co-leader of the Americana country group CALICO the band.
Early life and education
Mosher was born and raised in La Crescenta, California. She grew up in a musical family and, starting at 15, was the lead singer for several local rock bands. She graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in songwriting. After graduating, she worked for a time at Zomba Music and The Recording Academy.
Mosher's debut album Everything You Need was released in 2009 on Red Parlor Records. It was made up entirely of originals that she wrote or co-wrote, other than a cover of "Blue, Red, and Grey" by Pete Townshend. In 2010, she released her follow-up, the five-song EP City of Clowns, on Red Parlor Records. It includes a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper". The EP was recorded in Bronxville, New York, and Encino, California.
Mosher performed "Lay Me Down" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2009. Her song "Walk On", which she co-wrote, was featured on the soundtrack to the 2014 film Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks. She has won several Los Angeles Music Awards, including the 2005 Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year, 2006 Rock Single of the Year for her song “Mr. Madness”, and 2010 National Touring Artist of the Year.
Calico the Band
In 2012, Mosher and fellow Los Angeles-based singer-songwriters Kristen Proffit and Jaime Wyatt formed CALICO the band, a California country Americana group, influenced by artists like Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and inspired by 1960s and 1970s Laurel Canyon country-rock music. In April 2014, Wyatt was replaced by Aubrey Richmond, who joined the band on vocals, violin and mandolin, with CALICO featuring the three-part harmonies of Mosher, Proffit and Richmond. The band's first album, Rancho California, was released on September 2, 2014, on their label California Country Records, which Mosher co-founded. It features original compositions, along with a cover of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", and production by Rami Jaffee of the Foo Fighters. American Songwriter called the album "music of great passion and beauty, cloaked in warm acoustics and close harmonies." It won Americana Album of the Year at the 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards. Now a duo of Mosher and Proffit, their follow-up, Under Blue Skies, was released in 2017, with songs by Mosher and Proffit, plus covers of John Phillips' "California Dreamin'" and Joni Mitchell's "Ladies of the Canyon". No Depression called the album "one of the ten best Americana albums of 2017."
|2009||Manda Mosher||Everything You Need|
|2014||CALICO the band||Rancho California
|2017||CALICO the band||Under Blue Skies
|2010||Manda Mosher||City of Clowns
|2011||"You Belong With Me"||Manda Mosher|
|2014||"Walk On"||Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit||Walk of Shame OST|
Film/TV soundtrack appearances
|1999||"Climb"||Manda Mosher||Living Positive||PBS|
|2009||"You Belong With Me"||Manda Mosher||Venice: The Series||YouTube series|
|2014||"Walk On"||Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit||Walk of Shame OST||Lakeshore Entertainment|
|"Never Really Gone"||CALICO the band||The Night Shift||NBC|
|2016||"Never Really Gone"||CALICO the band||Calico Skies||Hot Tub Films|
|2017||"Santa Have Mercy"||CALICO the band||The Ranch||Netflix|
|"Wayfaring Stranger"||CALICO the band|
|"Cold, Cold Love"||Manda Mosher||NCIS: Los Angeles||CBS|
|2018||"Cold, Cold Love"||Manda Mosher||Please Stand By||Magnolia Pictures|
- Jim Simpson, "Review: Manda Mosher – City of Clowns," No Depression, September 4, 2010.
- Joe Montague, "Manda Mosher Reflects Upon Tom Petty, the City of Clowns & Calico the Band," Riveting Riffs, October 2012.
- Peter Gordon, "L.A. Newsbriefs," Berklee Today, Spring 2009.
- Manda Mosher, lamusicawards.com. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
- Mark S. Tucker, "Everything You Need," Acoustic Music, April 2009.
- "'Walk of Shame' Soundtrack Details," Film Music Reporter, April 17, 2014.
- "Calico the Band Announces Their Debut Release 'Rancho California' for September 2," Guitar World, August 2014.
- "Calico the Band," The Eden Magazine, December 2016.
- Joe Montague, "'Believe' In Jaime Wyatt, She Is Going To Be A Star," Riveting Riffs, 2014.
- Tony Sauro, "California harmonies: Trio inspired by country-rock sound," Recordnet.com, June 17, 2015.
- "CALICO The Band," American Songwriter, August 20, 2015.
- Terry Roland, "Calico Stands with Roots in California Country," No Depression, August 27, 2014.
- Terry Roland, "Calico the band: A Second Round of California Country," No Depression, November 14, 2017.