The Sister Wives band is a rockin’ assortment of blues musicians, each with a diverse musical background. The Wives’ started in January 2003 playing numerous regional festivals, clubs, live television, and private shows in Utah, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. The band was named one of the Best New Bands of the Year in the SLAMMy’s (Salt Lake Music Awards) voted by the readers of Salt Lake City Weekly Magazine (link here for a list of appearances).
Sister Wives appears regularly at local and regional venues. The Wives’ two studio and one live CD’s are also played by many of the programmers on KRCL radio station in Salt Lake, KZMU in Moab and KPFT in Houston, as well as regionally in Oregon and Washington.
Mona has been in music all her life. She began performing at the age of 5 and has never looked back. She was an ASCAP songwriter for over 8 years and has studied classical, folk and blues guitar. Mona spent four years in Nashville honing her skills as a singer/songwriter. While there, she was the lead singer for the “Mona Rae Stevens Band” headlining at the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, and Diamond in the Ruff, and guest appearances on the “Merchants’ Radio Show” and television’s “American Magazine” and “Be A Star.” Her powerful leads, gritty growls and harmonica jams give the band its edgy blues-rock sound. Influences include Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Francine Reed, and Katie Webster. Mona is also in the very popular vocal group Wayward Molly that performs a “celtic-folkgrass” style of music. Mona is known in the softball world. She is a former Head Coach of the University of Utah, UMass Amherst, and one of the USA National Team coaches. She has been a residential Realtor in the Salt Lake City area for the last 8 years. “What a great life I have… great job and a fantastic band full of amazing people! I really should be wearing the “Life is Good” T-shirt every day!”
Co-founder, electric bass player and singer for Sister Wives Band since its inception in 2002. Performs regularly with Wayward Molly on vocals, standup bass, and guitar. Co-founder, writer, guitar, bass and lead vocalist with local band “Twist of Faith.” Co-produced several local recording projects as well as an annual musical production. Presenter at Minnesota, Rhode Island and Colorado musician conferences. Background consists of classical and contemporary work including blues, rock, folk, and bluegrass.
As the newest Sister, Jesse joined the band and made her first public appearance with the Sister Wives in August of 2003 and has been adding her screamin’ blues licks and subtle slide riffs to the Sister Wives sound since then. While primarily playing lead electric and acoustic lead, she has been stepping up more with that sultry bluesy voice as well. Born in Amish Pennsylvania, Jesse has lived all over the country. She is currently a full-time student at the University of Utah, majoring in Anthropology. Jesse loves songwriting and hopes music plays a big part in her future. Her blues influences are Johnny Winters, Ry Cooder, Deborah Coleman, Blues Roots, Rory Block, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Sardinas.
Diverse background ranging from nightclub band venues to symphonic and orchestral to drum & bugle corps. Professional playing experience includes over 10 years in rock, jazz, blues, punk, big band, and country music bands. Drum and percussion instructor for individuals and high school, college, and drum & bugle corps drumlines. Percussionist of the Year for Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Music scholarship recipient; associates degree in percussion studies; music education coursework at Florida State University.
Always in love with music, Josh began playing his first instrument, the piano, at the age of 4. His parents knew there was more to this little guy and decided to chuck him into piano lessons. Josh’s Mom showed him how to play the Bobcat Boogie at age 5 and that was tough song to learn. He had to play it real slow to pick up on all those keys that were being hit, and that’s how he fell in love with the blues.
Josh had always been a creator and started writing his own music when he was 8. That led him into creating professional compositions for multi-media thereby writing music for plays and theatre, giving him a “Most original Music” award by the Utah Daily Chronicle for the music he created for ‘Love’s Labor’ Lost’ in 1994 and his music helped Wesson Works Production company win an Emmy for their ‘Park Bench´ commercial in 1995.
Josh moved to Alaska in 1996 where his daughter was born, and his love for live music churned to butter. He played with the Rock-n-Roll band, Sauce, through 2000 and focused his attention on getting back down to the lower 48.
Settling in on Utah, Josh’s focus once again turned to music and the opportunity to share. Sister Wives, up until then an all female blues band and institution, had asked Josh for a guest appearance and eventually to become the keyboardist for their band in 2013. Josh’s love of the blues and the butter of live music is a great fit for the Sister’s Wives.