Manda Mosher, Shane Alexander

Spaceland Presents

Manda Mosher

Shane Alexander

Thu January 17, 2019

7:30 pm

The Love Song

Los Angeles, CA

Free

This event is 21 and over

Manda Mosher
Manda Mosher
Not many can claim they are a sixth generation Californian, let alone Angeleno. Manda Mosher can. Still what does that mean? It’s not as easily defined as saying you are a sixth generation New Yorker, or Bostonian for that matter. Manda’s first ancestor to settle in the region came to Downtown Los Angeles in the 1800’s from Delhi, New York after the Civil War; additional family followed establishing a chicken farm in the Valley in 1911.

Manda Mosher grew up in the town of La Crescenta, just outside of Los Angeles. A sleepy and secluded community located at the foot of the mountains just North of Pasadena. Close enough to the city of angels that Manda was well versed in the Hollywood music scene, but just far enough away that she could peek over the fence and gaze upon it from a safe distance.

The title track of Manda’s last EP release “City of Clowns” was written about her relationship with Los Angeles, which she describes as a love/hate sort of affair, as depicted in the song. Although the lyrics can relate to any city to some degree, Manda admits she has often thought of leaving Los Angeles, but it is her family that has continued to keep her here. “I’ve always felt sadness for this town. I’ve watched all these people come and go, taking what they can, getting famous, getting rich, with little regard for the community and the people that call it home. On the other hand the opportunities are endless here.”

Manda grew up in a musical household, picking up her grandfather’s Gibson ukulele at the age of five. Her father played flamenco guitar and her mother sang, so music was an integral part of her daily family life. Learning her father’s flamenco tunes from memory, she quickly developed her ear and interest in music. Intently studying her parent’s musical library, Manda spent many an afternoon lying on the floor reading Neil Young liner notes with her ear to the stereo speakers listening to the likes of Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Beatles and Leo Kottke. Writing and singing would prove to be a more natural form of communication than talking for Manda. Often feeling tongue-tied, “I found I would leave encounters thinking ‘I wish I would have said…’ and this would give me the impetus to sit down and compile my thoughts along with images and poetry and set it to song. This was and still is my most powerful form of communication,” Manda explains.

After high school, Manda sought to leave the distractions she found in Los Angeles behind to find a serious place for her to study music. Seeking out like-minded musicians to play with, she enrolled in Boston’s Berklee School of Music. There she would hone her talents playing guitar and piano, learning theory and reading and writing music. Manda returned to Los Angeles after graduation, the pull of her family and the city brought her home. However she soon learned that touring could also provide a good escape from Los Angeles when she needed. ‘The best part of touring is getting out to realize how big the world is while making new connections with people you may never have met otherwise. Being on the road naturally puts miles between you and everything at home, bringing with it a new freedom that allows you to break your everyday routine and just live in the moment.”

Manda grew up in a musical household, picking up her grandfather’s Gibson ukulele at the age of five. Her father played flamenco guitar and her mother sang, so music was an integral part of her daily family life. Learning her father’s flamenco tunes from memory, she quickly developed her ear and interest in music. Intently studying her parent’s musical library, Manda spent many an afternoon lying on the floor reading Neil Young liner notes with her ear to the stereo speakers listening to the likes of Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Beatles and Leo Kottke. Writing and singing would prove to be a more natural form of communication than talking for Manda. Often feeling tongue-tied, “I found I would leave encounters thinking ‘I wish I would have said…’ and this would give me the impetus to sit down and compile my thoughts along with images and poetry and set it to song. This was and still is my most powerful form of communication,” Manda explains.

After high school, Manda sought to leave the distractions she found in Los Angeles behind to find a serious place for her to study music. Seeking out like-minded musicians to play with, she enrolled in Boston’s Berklee School of Music. There she would hone her talents playing guitar and piano, learning theory and reading and writing music. Manda returned to Los Angeles after graduation, the pull of her family and the city brought her home. However she soon learned that touring could also provide a good escape from Los Angeles when she needed. ‘The best part of touring is getting out to realize how big the world is while making new connections with people you may never have met otherwise. Being on the road naturally puts miles between you and everything at home, bringing with it a new freedom that allows you to break your everyday routine and just live in the moment.”

In spite of her complicated liaison with Los Angeles, the city has long laid claim to Manda and her talent. She has received multiple Los Angeles Music Awards including “Female Singer-Songwriter of the Year” and “National Touring Artist Of The Year”, has garnered airplay on KCRW and NPR/AAA/Americana stations across the country, and worked for the GRAMMY organization for several years.

Since the release of City of Clowns on Red Parlor Records in August of 2010, Manda released the single “You Belong With Me” coinciding with its placement in the EMMY Award Winning, Venice The Series. Manda has a new collection of songs that she’s taken into the studio, marking the beginning of creating her next full-length album. She’ll be filming behind the scenes progress of the new record tracking her progress as she goes, avails for all to see on her new YouTube Channel MMTV (youtube.com/mandamosher).
Shane Alexander
Shane Alexander
n addition to producing other artists this summer, Shane has begun production for his follow up to Bliss to be released in early 2019.
Since his debut The Middle Way in 2005, Alexander has forged a singular style blending west coast folk, rock and psychedelia into a successful sound that has appeared in over 100 television shows and films.

Touring the US and 11 other countries both as a headliner, and supporting acts like Bon Iver, Jewel, John Hiatt, Suzanne Vega, Seal, Styx and Yes, the fiercely independent artist has developed a loyal international fanbase, further enhanced in recent months when 'Skyway Drive-In', a solo acoustic track from the album Ladera, crossed over 14 million streams on Spotify.

The new album – Alexander's first self production, was the first record made at his new Buddhaland Studios facility in Southern California. Bliss is a timeless tribute to the artist's classic rock influences, featuring Alexander’s crystalline tenor and deft acoustic guitar work at the heart of all the tracks.

For all of the heartache and lessons learned on the album, the closing title track leaves the listener on a sublime note of peace and forgiveness, one that is mirrored in the cover image, hand-drawn by veteran rock and roll artist Alan Forbes.

Since the release of Bliss, and tours in The United States and Europe, Shane produced Shelby Figueroa’s debut Highwire (which reached NUMBER ONE on Amazon’s Singer/Songwriter chart) and Sallstrom’s EP Strangers Like Us - to be released in late spring.

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